Tap Dance

TapDance

ChristopherRice

  1. How has tap dance shaped the life of the artist in your video?

TheAfrican and Irish people brought to the United States as slavesintroduced tap dancing. The dance is characterized by tapping ofshoes on the floor to create percussion. Christopher Rice is acontemporary tap dancer whose performance to the hit song PitchPerfectby Anna Kendrick was successful. Christopher’s video alongside hisfellow Broadway dancers went viral as the rhythmic taps mimicked thesong’s tempo. Cupsis the first choreographed video that Rice produced and it was wellreceived by the fans. Since the release of the video, Rice has risento fame and always fully booked for performances all over New York.

  1. How is this artist different from historical tap dancers, such as The Nicholas Brothers or Bill &quotBojangles&quot Robinson?

Rice’stap dance style is different from some of the renowned historicaldancers because he has created a new classic performance inspired byFred Astaire and Gene Kelly. His performances are lively and vibrantenhanced by hand and leg movements. Bill &quotBojangles&quotRobinson perfected a shuffling flat-footed tap dancing style whilethe Nicholas Brothers were well known for their classical tap thatcombined ballet, jazz dance, and dazzling acrobatics. On the otherhand, Rice seeks to create a niche in tap dancing where he combinespopular music and dance styles to create a classical tap dance.

  1. How would you describe their style, based on the styles of tap we covered in the lecture?

Thegroup has perfected in the Broadway tap dance style that incorporateship-hop, holly wood, classical, traditional and other mixed styles intheir performance. In addition, the dance entails a lot of bodymovements and formations that rhyme with the musical rhythm. TheBroadway dance maximizes on lower body and hand movement, alongsidethe percussive heeltaps while emphasizing on acoustic qualities.

TheInterviews: Max Pollak

  1. How has tap dance shaped the life of the artist in your video?

MaxPollak is an Austrian born musician, dancer, and choreographer.Pollak is well known for his rhumba tap, which commenced after takingclasses in the Africa Latin Jazz classes. Through his classicalensembles played in prestigious places, he has created awareness onthe South American and European classical music.

  1. How is this artist different from historical tap dancers, such as The Nicholas Brothers or Bill &quotBojangles&quot Robinson?

Pollakis different from other dancers because of his unique dancing styles,which entails an ensemble created by body percussions andpolyrhythms. The rhumba tap dance can be performed as an accapellavocal ensemble.

  1. How would you describe their style, based on the styles of tap we covered in the lecture?

Pollack’sdancing style combined the musical and the emerging cultural dancesdue to the global cultural awareness.

Broadway,the Golden Years: Jerome Robbins and the GreatChoreographer-directors: 1940 to the Present

SusanStroman was on 17 October 1954. She is a multiple Tony Award winnerand a renowned American choreographer, theater director andperformer. From a tender age of five years, Stroman studied dancewith emphasis on tap, jazz, and ballet. She graduated from theUniversity of Delaware with a degree in theatre. Her first majorperformance was in 1977 at the good speed Opera House when sheappeared in Hitthe Deck. Shehas appeared in television series such as curbYour Enthusiasmand FoodNetwork`sBarefootContessa.Likewise,Stroman has participated in various dances since 1997.She has wonawards in her numerous works such as Bulletsover Broadway,Big Fish, and TheScottsboro Boy

WorkCited

Long,Robert. Broadway,the Golden Years: Jerome Robbins and the GreatChoreographer-directors: 1940 to the Present.New York, NY: Continuum, 2001. Print.

Rice,Christopher.““Cups” – Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect).”You Tube, 14 Oct.2013. Video. 3 Aug. 2016. Accessed &lthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4FYNF02yEM&amplist=PLdbytkPoN8isjHub0PoST1kMDisa7N3Vh&gt

TheTap Tour Love. “The Interviews: Max Pollak Ep. 206” YouTube, 21Jul.2015. Video. 3 Aug. 2016. Accessed&lthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Biuf26uYdUQ&ampindex=2&amplist=PLEomMJ5rwlRXLGx2HLCsIsrHsbwdvxWab&gt