What the eye hears

a history of tap dancing by Brian Seibert

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  • Tap dancing,
  • History

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    StatementBrian Seibert
    LC ClassificationsGV1794 .S44 2015
    The Physical Object
    Paginationvi, 619 pages
    Number of Pages619
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL27195525M
    ISBN 100865479534
    ISBN 109780865479531
    LC Control Number2015005010

    About the Book

    The book "What the eye hears" by Brian Seibert, published in 2015, is a comprehensive history of tap dancing. With the subtitle "A History of Tap Dancing," this book explores the origins, evolution, and cultural significance of this unique dance form.

    ISBN10 Codes

    • 0865479534


    • Tap dancing
    • History

    Publisher and Publication Country

    The book was published by NYU, which stands for New York University. The publication country is New York, USA.


    Tap dancing has a rich and fascinating history, and "What the eye hears" offers a deep dive into its origins, development, and cultural impact. Whether you are a tap dancing enthusiast, a history buff, or simply curious about the evolution of performing arts, this book provides a comprehensive and engaging exploration of the subject.

    Download and Read Online

    If you are interested in exploring the history of tap dancing, you can download the book in various formats, including PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and TXT. Reading online or downloading the book for free allows you to access the valuable insights and knowledge shared by Brian Seibert.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: The Origins of Tap Dancing

    Chapter 2: Tap Dancing in Vaudeville

    Chapter 3: The Golden Era of Tap

    Chapter 4: Tap Dancing in Film and Television

    Chapter 5: The Revival of Tap Dancing

    Chapter 6: Tap Dancing in Contemporary Culture

    Chapter 1: The Origins of Tap Dancing

    In this chapter, Brian Seibert delves into the early beginnings of tap dancing, tracing its roots back to African and Irish dance traditions. He explores the fusion of these influences in the United States and examines the role of enslaved Africans and Irish immigrants in shaping the art form.

    Chapter 2: Tap Dancing in Vaudeville

    This chapter focuses on the rise of tap dancing during the Vaudeville era, a popular form of theatrical entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Seibert explores the key figures who popularized tap dancing during this time and the impact of Vaudeville on the art form.

    Chapter 3: The Golden Era of Tap

    During the Golden Era of Tap, tap dancing reached new heights of popularity and artistic expression. Seibert explores the contributions of legendary tap dancers such as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers. He also examines the influence of jazz music and the Harlem Renaissance on tap dancing during this period.

    Chapter 4: Tap Dancing in Film and Television

    This chapter examines the impact of film and television on tap dancing. Seibert discusses the iconic dance sequences featured in Hollywood movies and how tap dancing evolved and adapted to the screen. He also explores the role of television in keeping tap dancing alive and relevant in the modern era.

    Chapter 5: The Revival of Tap Dancing

    Tap dancing experienced a resurgence in popularity during the latter half of the 20th century. In this chapter, Seibert explores the revival of tap dancing as an art form and examines the contributions of contemporary tap dancers in preserving and innovating the tradition.

    Chapter 6: Tap Dancing in Contemporary Culture

    In the final chapter, Seibert discusses the current state of tap dancing and its place in contemporary culture. He explores how tap dancing has evolved, merged with other dance styles, and continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Additionally, he examines its representation in popular culture, including movies, television shows, and live performances.


    "What the eye hears" by Brian Seibert is a must-read for anyone interested in the history and evolution of tap dancing. This comprehensive and insightful book provides a fascinating journey through the origins, golden era, revival, and current state of this beloved dance form. Download the book for free and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of tap dancing.