No Maps on My Taps directed by George T. Nierenberg (USA, 1982, 58 min.). Digital.

About Tap directed by George T. Nierenberg (USA, 1985, 28 min.). Digital.

Tap dancing is one of the great American art forms, an important expression of African American heritage and culture, but it had fallen out of favor by the mid-20th century. The arrival of these documentaries by George T. Nierenberg in the early 1980s catalyzed a revival, relaunching tap’s popularity. Featuring several legends of the form in bravura performances, these films—finally beautifully restored—remain as astonishing and ebullient as ever.

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