Tap Dancing History

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The pioneers of Tap Dancing played a significant role in bringing Tap Dancing from a cultural art form to an entertainment medium both on the big screen as well as in Broadway. Gregory Hines was known to be one of the “Hoofers”, or tap dancers that focused on pristine footwork, and played a key role in tap dancing’s revival (Cross 2008). There were also subclasses of Tap Dancing pioneers nicknamed as “Class Acts”, “Flash Acts”(acrobatic tap dancing), and “Soft Shoe Acts”, which were performed with shoes that did not have metal plates attached to them (Cross 2008). Since Tap Dancing grew to be the entertainment dance of the big screen, many stars were born in the 1930s from Tap Dancing, and included celebrities such as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bill Robinson, Buddy Ebsen, Shirley Temple, and Jane Withers (Cross 2008). Hip hop had its own world of culture – pioneered in the early 1970s in Bronx New York by young Black and Latino citizens…show more content…
Graffiti art was the visual art of spray painting images onto public areas such as stone walls, tunnels, trains and other public canvasses (Mason 2013). It began in the subway trains of New York, and was pioneered by vandalist artists such as Demetrius and Lady Pink (Mason 2013). Break-dancing, or B-Boying/Girling, was considered the response to DJs breaking down the song into its percussive fundamentals – dancers would spin and break during these looping sections of the song (Mason 2013). DJing, or Disc-Jockeying, was the art of mixing and manipulation of music using a turntable in order to create scratching effects and play/manipulate samples from other songs in order to create a new kind of sound (Mason 2013). This new DJ sound laid the groundwork for Hip hop music. There were three individuals that were considered to be the founders of early Hip hop music: Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaata, and DJ Grandmaster Flash (Darity

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