What this goes to show is that Canada, as much as the United States, is a country built from immigrants, and each ethnicity has brought something to the musical mix. And we hear and see those influences and recognize them right away.
Tap, that most American of dance forms, will be celebrated in New York City this summer at Tap City, July 6-13, with awards, showcases, presentations and 300 tapping feet in a blow out extravaganza right in the middle of Times Square!
Twenty-four years since the passage of the U.S. Joint Resolution declaring May 25 to be "National Tap Dance Day," tap dance is regarded as a national treasure, a veritable American vernacular dance form celebrated annually in big cities and small towns.
Andrew J. Nemr found himself dancing at a young age. From the time he was very young, he took dance classes at the local dance school in his area. Slowly, he found himself drawn more and more towards tap. Finally, he found the ultimate inspiration: Gregory Hines.
There was something about Robinson as a highly accomplished adult male dancer, matching his steps to those of an adorable little girl, which brought both pleasure and a release of anxiety to audiences in the 1930s.
If you wake up on National Tap Dance Day, hearing rat-a-tat-tapping in the air, know it's not the dementia of hearing "The Raven" at the door but the sound of a million feet celebrating America's oldest vernacular dance form.