Himself a proficient tap dancer, Peters learned to tap dance as a child in the kitchen of his home in New Jersey, taught by his mother.
In a film full of startling and fascinating facts, Clarke discovers, for example, that greats such as Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly were indebted to the great African-American tap dancers of the 1930s and 40s, who were nevertheless excluded from significant roles in the movies.
Lavishly illustrated with clips from the great tap dancers of the past – both famous and relatively unknown – Tap America guides the viewer all the way to the 21st century, where tap is going through a time of renewal in the work of dancers/choreographers such as Michelle Dorrance and Beyoncé collaborator, Chloe Arnold.
|What||BBC Four Dance Season - Tap America|
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On 18 May 18, 20:00 Dur.: 1 hour 20 minutes