aNewDomain.net – There’s more to tap dancing than shuffle-ball-step. Check out TED fellow Andrew Nemr’s demonstration in the evocative video below. video. It’s a “truly American tradition,” he says. But, as he points out, tap dancing finds deeper roots in long held African and European dance traditions.
Tap your toes along to this one. Even if you’re not a tap dancing fan, you’ll be intrigued. This video is from TEDEducation, a tremendous series born out of the legendary tech TED conference that targets technorati. The legendary tapper Andrew Nemr will be appearing at the upcoming TEDx PuraVida conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, too. That show will be held at the Auditorio Nacional — Museo de los Niños — February 24 through February 26, 2013. Visit tedxpuravida.com for more info.
Is Andrew Nemr a new name to you? This New York-based tap genius was mentored by the late dancer Gregory Hines, with whom he co-founded the Tap Legacy Foundation. Andrew has received a National Endowment for the Arts Masterpieces and a Dance Initiative Grant for reconstructing the works of classic tap dance soloists. ExploreDance.com called his choreography and performance style a “welcome return to the elegance of simplicity and the tap dancer as maker of aural magic.” We couldn’t agree more. Follow Andrew on Twitter at @andrewjnemr.
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