Tap dance history and philosophy from across the pond! Host Tristan Bruns reviews the book "Teach Yourself Tap Dancing" (2007) by Derek Hartley and compares it to other books in the "Hidden Histories of Tap Dance Histories" series—A meta analysis of syllabus-style, at home, DIY instruction books from 1932-2018 that compares and contrasts the various accounts of the history of tap dance found in these materials.
"Teach Yourself Tap Dancing" is the most modern book that's been covered so far. Hartley writes with a refreshing originality and does it "his way," but there are some recurring trends, good and not so good, that carry over from sentiments of the past. Other topics include some history on tap dancer and choreographer Buddy Bradley, the difference between Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr. and Gene Kelly, musings on the origins of jazz music and we inch ever closer to discovering what exactly about tap dance makes us happy.
You can find a free digital copy of "Teach Yourself Tap Dancing" here: Full book at Archive.org
Some timestamps to help you out:
0:00-3:14 Theme Song/Author Bio
3:15-7:20 The "Anti-Syllabus" Syllabus
7:21-11:55 Style & Teaching/Should tap be taught like ballet?
11:56-15:03 Time Steps/Which kind?
15:04-26:00 Music/The Origins of Jazz/Is "4/4 time" from Africa?
26:01-35:18 Buddy Bradley
37:36-57:52 History & Philosophy/The teleological reason for "Why Tap?"/Black settlers/The Triangular Slave Trade
1:01:55-1:09:44 Color-Blind Cultural Racism/Class and Race/What Is A Gaffe?
1:09:45-1:23:13 Philosophy—Do It For Yourself/Aristotle's "Chief Good"/Twist Ending
1:22:59-1:32:25 Tap Dance Podcast Roundup!
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