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Title:
Tapworks : a tap dictionary and reference manual
Author:
Fletcher, Beverly.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Hightstown, N.J. : Princeton Book Co., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
vii, 184 pages ; 28 cm
General Note:
"A Dance Horizons book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780871272478
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

As the official reference manual of the Dance Masters of America, this tap dance resource contains over 1,500 up-to-date entries about every facet of this uniquely American art form. It provides a history of tap dance as well as the dancers who defined it. The manual also includes a comprehensive dictionary of tap and dance terminology with a special section devoted to teachers.


Author Notes

Beverly Fletcher is the founder of Amdance, In Concert, a company dedicated to the historical preservation of the tap idiom. Fletcher was recently voted into the Dance Hall of Fame. She lives in Niagara Falls, New York.


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Choice Review

The names for tap dance steps can vary from teacher to teacher, geographic area, the time they were learned, and the dancer's own vocabulary. Several dictionaries published in recent years help educate dancers and historians on the nuances of the genre. Fletcher's Tapworks has been adopted by the Dance Masters of America as the official tap manual. The book begins by thoroughly exploring the history of tap, including biographical information, time lines, influences, and the music of the time--a historical viewpoint that sets this book apart from other tap dictionaries, which mainly give terminology and describe specific steps. The second part of the book gives an overview of tap steps and styles. The greater part of the book is found in the third and fourth sections, which supply definitions of tap terminology and a reference manual that includes information about performing and teaching. Two other dictionaries of note include Mark Knowles's The Tap Dance Dictionary (1998) and Al Gilbert's Al Gilbert's Tapdance Dictionary (1998). Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. A. Patrice California State University--Sacramento