Taking Tap Back To The Streets

Tap is big again, but it’s not the tap we remember from Fred Astaire movies. It’s rougher street dance. “In its early years, tap boasted the same macho profile as early hip-hop, with dancers holding regular “battles” on street corners. Dancing on makeshift wooden platforms to amplify the sound of their feet, they competed to produce the sharpest, most original rhythms, with the judges sitting under the platform so they could listen without being distracted (or threatened).”