I assume this is USA-only, but heck, if you want to celebrate, why not?
May 25 is National Tap Dance Day!
Celebrated annually on the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, this is an invented holiday for those who love musical theater and/or who can actually manage a time step. Jazz hands, everybody!
Supposedly, tap came out of the traditional clog dance of northern England, the jigs and reels of Ireland and Scotland, and the rhythmic foot stamping of African dances. But I dunno . . . kids have ALWAYS skipped and hopscotched, and it’s a short jump from there to some of the famous tap steps. From the old soft-shoe to “Riverdance,” tap has epitomized the type of musical in which people burst into song-and-dance to explain stuff. Nobody’s ever going to do it like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, but many of the Golden Age performers were dancers: Dan Dailey, Alan Hale Jr. (“Captain!”), Dick Van Dyke (and he could still dance when he was on Diagnosis: Murder!), Donald O’Connor (he is an overlooked great–watch him in “Singin’ in the Rain” sometime), et alia. And don’t forget greats like Ben Vereen and Gregory Hines! But nowadays you don’t see too much tap dancing or very many great musicals.
One . . . two . . . one-two-three!