Tap Dance Videos To Illustrate The NY Times’ “Best Dance of 2019”

Post-Show Talk: And Still You Must Swing │ Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Gia Kourlas, Siobhan Burke and Brian Seibert, writing for The New York Times, recently shared their picks for “Best Dance of 2019.” I decided to focus on Brian Seibert‘s “A Breakout Year for Tap” for this roundup of dance videos. To be honest, if I was going to train seriously again, I’d probably be studying tap. And kung fu. But that’s for another post!

The video above is from 2018 but few works are confined to a single year. A couple are from Jacob’s Pillow but little work at this level is limited to a specific locale. Still, it would be nice to be somewhere that one could have all this work shown locally.

New York City Center presents Dorrance Dance: Mar 28-30

From YouTube:
“Michelle Dorrance (MacArthur Fellow and Doris Duke Artist) and her award-winning tap dance company Dorrance Dance take over the City Center stage in an electrifying program of innovative premieres, old favorites, and rarely seen repertory.”

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2019 | Caleb Teicher & Co with Conrad Tao

From YouTube:
“‘One of the brightest lights in tap today’ (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in ‘More Forever’, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.”

Arturo O’Farrill & Ayodele Casel “Jelly Roll”

From YouTube:
“Take a moment to enjoy the sublime artistry of world class tapper Ayodele Casel and Grammy-winner Arturo O’Farrill. Grab your seats now for the premiere of this incredible duo’s new work, coming to the Joyce stage Sep 24-29.”

And Still You Must Swing | Dec 3-8

From YouTube:
“Hailed by The New York Times as ‘the most moving dance show of the year,’ And Still You Must Swing brings together three of the best tap dancers in the world—Dormeshia, who leads the project alongside Derick K. Grant and Jason Samuels Smith—to capture the heart and legacy of tap dance, and honor the jazz roots of this American art form. Audiences will revel in this rhythmic feast, which includes live music, dynamic choreography, stunning improvisation, and a performance by special guest dancer Camille A. Brown.”

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Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a PhD in Cultural Studies from OSU and performs improvisational dance in Working Sessions.