Thinking on Their Feet: Women of the Tap Renaissance

New Haven, CT

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 Thinking on Their Feet: Women of the Tap Renaissance:

In the 1970s and '80s, several women dedicated themselves to resurrecting and revolutionizing American tap dance. Determined to keep tap alive, they sought out former vaudeville and MGM hoofers, mostly African-American men, and convinced them to return to the stage, forging a place for tap in venues better known for producing ballet and modern dance. The result was a presentation radically different than the chorus girl, vaudeville, music theatre, and nightclub act formats, all ways in which tap dance had been showcased in the past. Thinking On Their Feet tells their stories of breaking racial, gender, and artistic boundaries and instigating what is now known as the Tap Renaissance.            



Bio of Jenai Cutcher West:

Jenai recently moved to New Haven from New York City. She tap dances, writes about dance, teaches dance, and makes dance movies. Her first documentary, Thinking On Their Feet, has screened at The  Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, Southern Utah International Film Festival, and Newfilmmakers Film Festival in New York. Jenai has written three books for children about dance, contributed articles and reviews to The Village Voice, Dance magazine, Dance Teacher, and several online publications, and has just completed Columbus Moves: A Brief History of Contemporary Dance, a book about dance in Columbus, Ohio. She has performed with Brenda Bufalino, Savion Glover, Derick Grant, Lynn Schwab, Rumba Tap, Ritmico, and Tap City and has appeared locally in the Rebound Dance Festival and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. She has an MFA in Dance and Technology from The Ohio State University. 



Q&A: Jenai Cutcher West, Director, will be present after the screening

For more info call; 203-946-8130 ext 211