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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: DaCapo Press; Rev Ed edition (1 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306806355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306806353
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Rusty E. Frank is a tap dancer, producer, historian, and tap dance preservationist. She studied with many of the great tap masters; she produced, directed, and appeared in the all-star tap revues Jazz Tap!; and she owns and operates On Tap!, which promotes tap productions and markets tap supplies. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is producing the documentary TAP! The Tempo of America.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Carroll on 17 Mar. 2007
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As someone who has been lucky enough to study tap dance with Rusty Frank, I have been wanting to read this book for a long time now, but never really got round to it.

Now I have, I can only gasp at the amount of research that must have gone into providing us with such an account of tap through the ages. As the most enthusiastic tap lover I have ever met, Rusty's passion pours out in every page, each dancers story lovingly told with care and thought given to the preservation of this great dance form. This book neatly puts into words and pictures the real love that is tap - and its not the steps, or the rhythms or the styles... it's the way it makes you feel.

I genuinely do not think that the history of tap has ever or ever will be documented as well as this, covering such a huge timescale.

The only disappointment in this book is that as an American, Rusty only deals with tap as an American dance form. As a British tapper, I think it is a shame that we are such a long way away from having a book that encompasses tap and it's great tap dancers from all over the world. From it's early beginnings, tap has grown to dominate dance schools, clubs, theatres and a whole variety of venues throughout the world and this serves ony to enrich the future of what is in my opinion, the greatest dance genre of them all.

A great book - read, enjoy, get yourself out to a dance class today!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun. 1999
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I just dont understand why tap dancing is disapearing it is the most intruiging type of dance i have ever taken and am still taking...hoping to go pro someday since i am only a teen. To make a long story short this book and it's amazing Gregory Hines has inspired me to go for my dreams, and to keep tap dancing alive.
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get this, think about the rest later 24 Sept. 2001
By Sebastian Weber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
when this book used to be out of print, legions of ambitous tap dancers - including myself - were searching used-book stores across the country to find a copy. i know some who ended up copying every single page in the lincoln center library. the reason is very simple: there is no other book on the subject that even comes close to gathering this much information on the history of tap dancing. even though historians may argue about some details, the book is usually considered the standard by all the tap pros i know and whoever reads it will have a good understanding of where the art form comes from, what the important issues are, what stages of development tap dancing went through, who the important dancers of different times and styles were, and what the characteristics of different styles and approaches in tap dance are. if you want to know about the history of tap: get this book. otherwise you will find yourself digging through the shelves of rare book stores when it is out of print again.
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Not just for tap dancers! 4 Jan. 2000
By Elle - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is wonderfully written with first-hand accounts about show business during the first half of the 1900's. It is not just for tap dancers, but for anyone interested in getting a feel for the way of life during that period. The amount of information I learned about vaudeville, movie musicals, and even black history in America is much more than I expected when I picked up this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone!
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Great teaching tool 30 Nov. 2000
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Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book! In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I made my college advanced tap class read it, as well. They were truly inspired by this book and have gained a renewed since of determination as far as entering the field of "commercial entertainment" with an emphasis on tap. Each person has a truly unique account of how it was back in the day, when people actually went to "tap clubs" just like we would go to dance clubs nowadays. What an experience to see this exciting time through their eyes.
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TAP! BY RUSTY E. FRANK 19 Aug. 2006
By Harriet Zaragoza - Published on Amazon.com
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I total am ejoying this book. Being a dancer my self it is wonderful reading about all the dancers during my time. Thank you so much Mr. Frank.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Read!!!! 29 Jun. 1999
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I just dont understand why tap dancing is disapearing it is the most intruiging type of dance i have ever taken and am still taking...hoping to go pro someday since i am only a teen. To make a long story short this book and it's amazing Gregory Hines has inspired me to go for my dreams, and to keep tap dancing alive.
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