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Directed by George T. Nierenberg • 1985 • United States
George T. Nierenberg’s brilliant and blissful followup to NO MAPS ON MY TAPS is introduced by legendary dancer Gregory Hines, who shares his childhood memories of watching and imitating the tap-dance greats at the Apollo Theater. ABOUT TAP features performances by and recollections from three of America’s leading male tap dancers: Steve Condos, Jimmy Slyde, and Chuck Green. Condos thinks of himself as an instrumentalist who focuses on the ankles and feet; Jimmy Slyde talks of “visual dancers” who “all make pictures”; and Chuck Green advises using the balletic port de bras technique. Each dancer provides his personal answer to the question, “How does an artist discover their own individual style?”