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Michele Dunleavy - associate professor of dance, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance

Author: Marshall and Jean Stearns

Book Description:

I purchased this book without much perusal assuming that it would contain information about the history of American jazz dancing. I was both surprised and delighted to discover that it is actually one of the most comprehensive histories of American tap dancing. The stories in this book have forever changed my perspective on tap dance both as a teacher and performer. I frequently use this book as a resource and recommend it to students. Seeing this book on my shelf each day reminds me of my history as a tap dancer, and the sacrifices made by the African Americans who pioneered this uniquely American art form.


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