Tap dance has been around since the early 1800’s. It’s roots come from a mix of African and Irish dance and music. It’s rhythms are limited only to the imaginations of those great dancers over the years. The date for this celebration was picked to commemorate one of the first greats, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, birthday May 25th, 1878.
The holiday was created by Carol Vaughn, Nicola Daval, and Linda Christensen who put the idea to Congress on February 7, 1989. President George H.W. Bush signed it into law on November 8, 1989, and the date of May 25th was selected in honor of Robinson.
Here are a few more, of the hundreds, of tap dancers that you may remember.
Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire
Sammy Davis Jr.
and Savion Grover
Check these out: Bill “Bo Jangles” Robinson, Shirley Temple, Gene Kelly, Savion Grover, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr., Buddy Ebsen and Donald O’Connor (note O’Connor dancing wearing roller skates)…
…Or who could forget the tap dance scene with Daddy Warbucks and Orphan Annie
How to celebrate: Try tap dancing. Buy a pair of tap shoes so you can at least make that cool clicking sound. If you can’t get your feet working, put the shoes on your hands and try. Watch a movie with any of the above dancers in it.