As a child, Allen studied dance and music at the Elma Lewis School in Roxbury and tap with
Stanley Brown, which connects her son directly into the rich Boston lineage of African American artists and tappers, including Jimmy Slyde, Dianne Walker, and the late Leon Collins.
From Bali to Japan, choreographers are creating a fusion of tap with
concepts as diverse as Afro-Cuban beat and Norse gods.
An example is Brazilian-based Valeria Pinheiro of Vata Tap, who blends tap with
legends of Afro-Brazilian deities (orixas).
Third, Butterfly has a long track record of linking tap with
social justice issues.
Performers included COBU, a trio of women from Japan who combined rhythm tap with
taiko drumming; Rod Ferrone and Marietta Clark in a vaudeville-style act; Jenny Lane in a tribute to tap legend Eleanor Powell; Gil Stroming and Break the Floor in a Stomp-like rhythm-tap-and-bucket drumming fusillade; teen up-and-comer Michela Marino Lerman; the irrepressible singer Mable Lee; and Rhythm Iss, a quintet of women rhythm tappers impressive as much for their exuberant spirit as for their blistering footwork.
It took several years to catch up with Savion Glover and talk tap with
boasts a strong repertory of rhythm- and jazz-influenced tap with
pieces by Cartier, Stegmann, Jay Fagan, and Lane Alexander, among others.
Add to these moderns Barry Blumenfeld, who calls his work Tap Fusion, a combo of tap with
It was narrative tap with
a swelling dramatic arc, marked by an impressive sensitivity to the Mingus classic.
Dein Perry's Tap Dogs is hard-hat tap with
an amplified vengeance.