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Noisy Feet: The Forgotten Click of American Toe-Tap, 1925 – 1935

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Title: Noisy Feet: The Forgotten Click of American Toe-Tap, 1925 – 1935
Author: Williams, Sarah Helen
Advisor(s): Santos Newhall, Mary Anne
Committee Member(s): Chazin-Bennahum, Judith
Reche, Vladimir Conde
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Theater and Dance
Subject: toe-tap
pointe
tap
dance
shoes
history
LC Subject(s): Tap dancing -- United States -- History -- 20th Century
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: Toe-tap is an extreme form of tap dancing. As related to both American ballet and tap dance history, this style has been widely forgotten. “Noisy Feet: The Forgotten Click of American Toe-Tap, 1925-1935” is the beginning of an effort to include toe-tap in dance history, acknowledging toe-tap’s questionable relationship to ballet. The work investigates the state of American ballet before the arrival of the Ballets Russes and explores innovations of pointe, tap, and toe-tap shoes by theatrical shoe makers. It defines the style of toe-tap and provides choreographic analyses of toe-tap pieces, examines the lives and careers of individual toe-tappers, and discusses the importance of toe-tap as it relates to novelty and economics during this time period. This thesis draws extensively from primary source materials, including historic newspapers, patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and film clips from Hollywood, including newsreels, short films, and full-length features.
Graduation Date: May 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20797


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