- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (27 Jun. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861265794
- ISBN-13: 978-1861265791
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 1.3 x 23.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tap Dancing: Rhythm in Their Feet Paperback – 27 Jun 2003
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About the Author
Heather Rees started dancing at the age of three. She trained in classical ballet with Marguerite Thomas in Penarth and learned 'American' tap with Gertrude Beaton. In her late teens she was introduced to the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, for whom she eventually became an examiner. She teaches both in the UK and overseas, and continues to attend Master Classes.
Top Customer Reviews
The photographs are so poor that whilst the descriptions of the steps and techniques are well written, the simple fact is that anyone with little or no tap experience will probably get lost very quickly or will not grasp how the steps are CORRECTLY performed.
Plus, the main problem with this book is that it takes a very narrow minded view of tap (almost like a syllabus guide, with one particular style in mind). Tap has evolved massively in terms of technique and styles and is so much more interesting than you would think from reading this book, and I don't just mean 21st century bashing around. Having said that, I think it is nice that the writter has mentioned some notable UK tappers here rather than just sticking to the usual suspects from the USA.
On a really positive note, I do think this book makes an excellent reference guide for teachers or those taking tap lessons on a regular basis. As I previously mentioned, the written decriptions and research would make useful reading for someone with a good working knowledge of tap. Most importantly, there are some useful sequences and amalgamations described, that would be great to learn and adapt for freework and those dreaded rhythm sections in exams.
So putting it plainly, if you are simply a tap enthusiast with little or no practical experience of the dance form, you might as well go and buy a 'teach yourself' DVD or watch an old Astaire movie. For teachers and students though, I do think this book provides many useful pearls of wisdom, but don't forget that in this day and age, tap DEMANDS that we think outside the box of the MGM movie days!
oooh and if u do buy/read it the rag for rosina...thats me! :)