American Tap

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American Tap

Q&A Tap dancer/choreographer and American Tap associate producer Michela Marino Lerman and tap dancer/choreographer Ayodele Casel with host Peter Pucci

This high-spirited chronicle of the quintessentially American dance form spans the tap panorama from its beginnings in the African drum circle to today’s mind-blowing performances. Entertainers like Master Juba of Manhattan’s Five Points and Bubbles of the Hoofer’s Club in Harlem brought tap to a wider public, and its popularity grew with the advent of white minstrel shows, all-black Broadway musicals like Shuffle Along, and—most importantly—movies featuring the likes of Fred and Ginger, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and, later, Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. Filled with classic footage of the greatest tap dancers to take the stage and highlighting the brightest of a new generation, including Jason Samuels Smith, Michelle Dorrance, Michela Marino Lerman, Ayodele Casel, and more.

American Tap is a selection from the 46th annual Dance on Camera Festival, coproduced by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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Q&A Tap dancer/choreographer and American Tap associate producer Michela Marino Lerman and tap dancer/choreographer Ayodele Casel with host Peter Pucci
Q&A Tap dancer/choreographer and American Tap associate producer Michela Marino Lerman and tap dancer/choreographer Ayodele Casel with host Peter Pucci
Tuesday, Oct. 9 2018, 7:15
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Michela Marino Lerman is a globally sought after tap dance artist, performer, choreographer, educator, and all-around creative spirit. The Huffington Post has called her a “hurricane of rhythm” and the New York Times has described the “prodigy’s” dancing as “flashes of brilliance.”

Ayodele Casel, “one of the top young tap dancers in the world” (Gregory Hines) received the 2017 Hoofer Award from the American Tap Dance Foundation. She premiered her one-woman show While I Have The Floor at the Spoleto Arts Festival to rave reviews. She also choreographed Really Rosie for City Center’s Encores! Off Center this summer. Most recently, she has been performing as part of Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Choreographer Peter Pucci is a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel award winner. He co-directed and choreographed Swag n’ Bach (Dance on Film 2014) and the short In the Garden (2015) He was a Principal Dancer with Pilobolus Dance Theatre. While with Pilobolus he toured worldwide, made several film and television appearances, and performed on Broadway. Pucci created and presented his own works for his company, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers. He has hosted and been a guest moderator for Dance on Film programs since 2009.

This film is part of the Dance on Film 2018 series.



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