A dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps. Tap originated in the United States in mid-1800 through the fusion of several ethnic percussive dances；African step dances, Scottish, Irish, and English clog dances, hornpipes, and jigs.
Style of modern tap dance called “rhythmic tap” was formed as jazz music spread in the 1920s. During the second World War, the public was hungry for light-hearted, feel-good movies, so Hollywood started producing musicals with acrobatic dancing, and this style became popular which is called “Broadway tap.”
Broadway tap is more focused on the way a dance looks while rhythm tap is more focused on the percussion instrument rather than upper-body movement.
There are numerous films of tap dance such as Singin’ In The Rain, The Cotton Club, and Tap. It even appears in a famous historical movie in Japan, Zatoichi.
Impression of Tap Dance(by flamenco dancer)
Tap and flamenco are often confused, but they are completely different. History, music, rhythm, expression, and shoes. Steps of tap are light but very fast while flamenco steps more heavily down to the earth.
I challenged tap dance for the first time. Some steps are similar but I found some steps very different and difficult. Maybe some of them could be used in Flamenco as well (indeed, some steps of flamenco come from tap dance). We rarely dance together in stage, but it might be fun to collaborate again (we performed in a stage tap x flamenco a few times).