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Tap Dancing AmericaA Cultural History$
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Constance Valis Hill

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195390827

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390827.001.0001

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Noise and Funk

Noise and Funk

(Nineties)

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(p.291) 11 Noise and Funk
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Tap Dancing America
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Constance Valis Hill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390827.003.0011

This chapter begins with a tap challenge between Colin Dunn and Savion Glover on the 39th Annual Grammy Awards and the percussive dance traditions—Irish step dancing and African American rhythm tap—to which each belonged. While the Afro-Irish challenge came from an old tradition, the 1990s burst with the “new”: new sounds from the recycling of old steps, layering of sound, young talent, and choreography. The decade saw a rise in tap festivals and jams. A new breed of “hitters” was led by superstar Glover; Gregory Hines; and veteran hoofers. Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk inspired hundreds of young dancers to don thick-soled tap shoes and hit the streets. Disciples of Glover’s hard-hitting style, who would stake independent careers to move tap forward, would include Ayodele Casel, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, Omar Edwards, and Baakari Wilder.

Keywords:   tap challenge, Afro-Irish, choreography, tap festivals, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Omar Edwards, Baakari Wilder

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