Happy International Tap Dance Day 2023
International Tap Dance Day was signed into American law by George W. Bush in 1989 and is now celebrated around the world. The significance of May 25 was to recognize the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Here is a clip of the famous Bojangles Stair dance — CLICK HERE. . The significance of this dance was not lost on my tap teacher Charles Griffiths, who flawlessly recreated this dance every year at our end of year recital.
Here are a few clips from around the world that show how much fun it can be to know a few of the same steps and make them your own.
- The Teachers’ Shim Sham from the ► ► Stockholm Tap Festival 2013
- A large group of young talent from the ► ► Oklahoma City University Tap Dancers
- And of course, the ► ► Bill Robinson, Shirley Temple version from The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Finally, here is our version of the Shim Sham as performed by our very own Tap 2s, and Tap 1s, on Saturday, May 27, 2023. Bravo to all those who danced.
Apologies for the blurry video. Scroll down for slightly better recordings.
- Please do not download and share this video on social media as the music is under copyright and I am always at risk of being fined. If you would like to share the video, please forward this entire email instead and direct them to the video. Thank you.
TAP DANCER DATES TO REMEMBER
Our next Learn to Tap Graduation is Thursday, June 15th
6:30pm for graduates
6:45pm for Jammers
Everyone is welcome to Tap Jam with us.
Summer Schedule starts July 1st.
Tap 3 – Tuesdays @ 12noon
Tap 2 – Tuesdays @ 5:30pm
Tap 1 – Wednesdays @ 5:30 & Thursdays @ 1pm
Can’t make it to our summer schedule?
All the classes are recorded and uploaded to our website for only $29/month. Do them at your own pace, on the schedule that works best for you.
LEARN TO TAP – FALL 2023
The next Learn To Tap will start Thursday, October 12th, through to December 14th.
OUR FINAL TAP JAM OF 2023
Our Final Tap Jam of 2023 will be Thursday, December 14th. @ 6:45pm
More Shim Sham