As a part of our research, we conducted interviews with some fantastic tap dance personalities. These conversations were mostly about how the tap masters got into tap dance themselves, who inspired them, and how they learned. The results are inspiring, passionate testimonies of great dancers.
#1: Maurice Hines
Actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, broadway star, and of course tap dancer: Maurice Hines spent almost his entire life on stage. From the beginnings with his brother Gregory and their father Maurice Robert, billed as „Hines, Hines, and Dad“, he learned straight from the legends of jazz tap and became an international star of his own.
#2: Skip Cunningham
Broadwas, film, TV, and many important stages of the jazz world: Skip Cunningham has 70 successful years of experience in showbiz to look reflect on.
#3: Brenda Bufalino
Avant-Garde performer, partner of tap legend Honi Coles, choreographer of the American Tap Dance Orchestra, teacher around the world… Brenda Bufalino is one of the most inspiring personalities in tap today.
#4: Chazz Young
The son of swing dance legend Frankie Manning and highly successful performer by himself remembers the old heroes, his beginnings at Mary Bruce Dancing School and the start of his career with Norma Miller and Count Basie.
#5: Miriam Nelson
A life in dance in uncounted films and shows. The amazingly charming Miriam Nelson recollects her way from Broadway to Hollywood.
#6: Robert Reed
The founder of the St. Louis Tap Festival remembers his apprenticeship with Maceo Anderson of the legendary Four Step Brothers and reflects how tap dance changed his life.
#7: Prince Spencer
At age 93, Prince Spencer — member of the legendary Four Step Brothers — remembers his time in show business.
All interviews were conducted by Stéphane Bittoun and Sebastian Weber.
Camera: Alex Düsterberg
Edit: Ilana Goldschmidt