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TITLE: American Tap
Director: Mark Wilkinson

Genre: Dance documentary

Format: HD


Contributors: Brian Siebert, Cornell West, Nicholas Brothers, Ginger Rogers, Vera Ellen, Ann Miller, Eleanor Powell, Michelle Dorrance, Michela Marino Lerman and many more

Company: Annunziata Gianzero

Runtime: 90 minutes.

ID: 396.




Mark Wilkinson's documentary provides a comprehensive history of Tap Dance complete with wonderful clips of many of its foremost practitioners past and present including the Nicholas Brothers, Ginger Rogers, Vera Ellen, Ann Miller and Eleanor Powell. Historical context is provided by a gallery of experts ranging from writers like Brian Siebert and Cornell West to notable dancers and choreographers thus revealing the roots of tap dance in Irish Step Dance and African Drum Circle and themes such as the power of multi¬culturalism, the impact of plantation slavery and its consequent racism.