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Women in Tap: 'Herstory' of Tap Dancing Women

When

Saturday March 18, 2017: 2:30pm to 4:00pm  Add to Calendar

Where

Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Description

Discover the rich history of American tap dancing women. From Vaudeville to Hollywood, from Broadway to nightclubs, from the dance studio classroom to the performance stage, women have been a vital part of American tap dance history.

In this special event for Women's History Month, local tap dance teacher and dance historian Susan Filipiak will share video footage and personal stories of the women who influenced her journey as a tap dancer/teacher. Susan's presentation will also include live tap dance performance.

Susan Filipiak is celebrating her 35th year as a dance teacher and 58 years as a life-long dancer. Her women tap dance mentors include Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker, Heather Cornell, Barbara Duffy and a host of legends of the past - Jeni LeGon, Marion Coles, Mable Lee, Harriet Browne, Miriam Nelson. Susan teaches tap dance at the Ann Arbor YMCA. Find her at Swing City Dance.

“Herstory” of Tap Dancing Women – Susan Filipiak Film Clip links
Ruby Keeler – 42nd Street, 1933 https://youtu.be/YytpfVcyDZg
Shirley Temple – War Babies, 1932 Film Short https://youtu.be/ZsCQ0t-3t1I
Shirley Temple & Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson – The Littlest Rebel, 1935 https://youtu.be/776oLm9GXxQ
Jeni LeGon & Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson – Hooray for Love, 1935 https://youtu.be/9iysGxoQOPY
Jeni Legon (w/ Eddie Cantor & the Peters Sisters) – Ali Baba Goes To Town, 1937 https://youtu.be/NrnLfXiIAOQ
Ginger Rogers – The Gold Diggers of 1933 https://youtu.be/QUBftlqlF3w
Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire – Roberta, 1935 https://youtu.be/0acyzAIUw_E
Eleanor Powell & Fred Astaire – Broadway Melody of 1940 https://youtu.be/oX4oNFootEU & https://youtu.be/kDvP9LoAOzM
Eleanor Powell & Buttons – Lady Be Good, 1941 https://youtu.be/sP0ogCn7f2I
Ann Miller – Radio City Revels, 1937 https://youtu.be/7ohwwiV3Daw
Betty Atkinson – Tap & Twirl – film short from 1939 https://youtu.be/_Oz8hoEFfT4
Jean O’Neil – Tap & Acrobatics – film short from 1936 https://youtu.be/bN6dCjkUgp4
Beverly LaBlanc – Tap in Pointe Shoes – television appearance in the 1950’s https://youtu.be/kORXvs8OfJI
The Holst Sisters – Chain Gang Tap – film short from 1936 https://youtu.be/Uwyt0sjcZ8w
Cora La Redd – Jig Time – film short from 1933 https://youtu.be/MdW2QD0Dcak
The Edwards Sisters (w/ Duke Ellington) – film short 1949 https://youtu.be/Y3DYVR0RcCw
Lois Bright – The Miller Brothers & Lois - Hi De Ho, 1947 https://youtu.be/yLiMJ6oHl1o
Mitzi Mayfair (w/ chorus line) – Paramount on Parade, 1930 https://youtu.be/RLOdzJ6g_h8
Consuela Harris – film short from 1938 https://youtu.be/yr6rY1GDE60
Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies – music video from 2013 https://youtu.be/KWa-MDA2rYM
Michelle Dorrance – Guggenheim Museum Piece, 2017 https://youtu.be/dgHBWzuYO9Y
Brenda Bufalino – Improvisation to Epistrophy, 2007
Dianne Walker – Improvisation to A Day in the Life of A Fool, 2000
Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball – Lucy Show, 1971
Jeni LeGon – stage appearance, 2007

Susan Filipiak
www.swingcitydance.com