National Tap Dance Day

When you were young, did you go to dancing classes? You may have had ballet classes, but what about tap dancing classes? You may be wondering what the point of tap dancing is, but it is an entertaining and energetic dance that people could learn more about. The opportunity to do that is on National Tap Dance Day.

May 25th urges everyone to go tap dancing as it is National Tap Dance Day. Tap dancing is one of the older American original art forms as it is a percussive dance. The dance started in the early 19th century, and African and Irish influences helped establish the dance. The Irish jig is what helped influence tap dancing. The dance incorporates various complicated rhythmic step combinations. However, the dancers know how to dance away, and this dance allows them to express so much character through bodily movement and sounds.

There are different types of tap dancing that go from soft-shoe, sand step, clogging, and buck and wing, and there is jazz thrown in there. If you think of famous tap dancers, you would think of Fred Astaire, Bill Bojangles Robinson, Ginger Rogers, and Gregory Hines.

One of the tap dance styles, soft-shoe, is a rhythmic dance. The difference is that the sound is more muffled when tapping because the shoes are worn are literally soft shoes. The dancing style is pretty much the same, however. Don’t forget the popular dance in the 1980s, which was the Shim Sam of the vaudeville era. Either way, any tap dancing style is invigorating for the dancers and for the audience watching and listening to them dance.

The History Of National Tap Dance Day

Since tap dancing is American art, the idea of a day to celebrate it was presented to the US Congress on February 7th, 1989, and George Bush Sr signed it on November 8th, 1989. The observance already happened earlier that year on May 25th, and every May 25th from there on, the celebration of National Tap Dance Day happened. The reason that that particular day was chosen was that it was the birthday of Bill Bojangles Robinson, who was one of the most famous tap dancers in history. He was influential in so many ways and the celebration of the day on his birthday is appropriate.

How To Celebrate National Tap Dance Day

You can get your dancing shoes whether they are appropriate for tap dancing or not, and dance away. Why not do a TikTok video of that. Or you can always learn about old this American art! In whatever way you celebrate it, share it on social media by using #NationalTapDanceDay in the hashtag.

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