Story

What is not shared,
is lost“

„For more than 10 years I have been searching and collecting recorded Tap Dancing, mostly on 78rpm records.
With the support of Andreas Schmauder and a network of  record collectors, I was able to find documents of tap dancing previously unheard of.“
(picture from an old Danny Hoctor label)

The project is for all tap dancers, teachers, students and lovers of the art of tap dancing as well as for lovers of swing music. Being dedicated to the history of recorded tap dancing, it documents a side of tap which has not been particularly focused on so far. In addition, more than half of these recordings will be published on CD for the first time.

The project presents the first 40 years of recorded tap dancing worldwide. This great American artform developed along with Jazz music from Swing to Bebop and Bigband, but also touches other genres like Blues guitar, Cabaret, Musical Show and even classical music. At the same time the change of recording techniques from cylinder and 78rpm records to Singles (7”) and LPs in stereo sound can be traced during this period.

Four CDs (part 3) deal exclusively with the pedagogic aspect of tap dance and its related topics: rhythm presentation, notation and terminology. This is done by means of historical documents, that are largely unknown and unpublished. Here Uwe Meusel introduces his system of tap dance notation, which is solving a lot of the problems of previous notation systems and which ought to help teachers and students decisively in the future. This part is supported by 386 pages of printed material (PDF) to be found on CD16.

CDs 14  and 15 leave the given time frame, presenting selected recordings between 1973 and 2009. Artists are Jimmy Slyde, Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, Leon Collins, Steve Condos, Pamela Raff and Andreas Dänel. This part serves as a bridge to the younger past of audio recordings which are discussed in the last chapter.