National Tap Dance Day!

Photographer James Kriegsmann, 1946. Via wikimedia commons.
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, 1946. Photographer James Kriegsmann. Via wikimedia commons.

Did you know that yesterday was National Tap Dance Day? The reason it’s designated as May 25th is because that’s Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday: May 25, 1878. Yep, it’s a real holiday, with the resolution being signed into law by President George Bush in 1989.

Since we were busy with Memorial Day yesterday, I think we can get an extension, don’t you? Pull out your dance shoes!

Or, if you prefer to celebrate in more sedentary style, here’s a terrific performance of Robinson’s from the 1935 Shirley Temple film The Little Colonel:

Have you ever tap danced? Do you think it could make a come-back? I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time,


P.S. – While you all are dancing out there, I’ll be busy doing a Skype author interview with Ms. Hartt’s 6th graders. Wish me luck! 😉

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9 thoughts on “National Tap Dance Day!”

  1. PatriciaPatricia

    Well, how in the name of all that’s Holy did I miss this? I am a tap dancer for crying out loud. And Mr. Robinson, and the lovely Miss Temple, are among my favorite performers to watch. It’s craziness I tell you. I should have pulled out my tap shoes and danced a jig or two. I guess I’ll have to wait another year now.

    Nah, I’ll just go to tap class next Monday night and dance extra hard to make up for it. I couldn’t have danced yesterday anyway, because class was canceled due to the holiday. How ironic is that? Tap class canceled on National Tap Dance day.

    Happy tapping.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  2. Margot KinbergMargot Kinberg

    Oh, your interview sounds like so much fun, Kathy! I hope it goes well!

  3. PhilPhil

    I can fool myself into thinking I can tap dance in the privacy of my own home on my kitchen floor.

  4. Karen McFarlandKaren McFarland

    As a matter of fact, I not only owned a pair of tap shoes, but beside lessons, I tippy tapped my way on stage in front of hundreds of people as a young girl. All thanks to Art Linkletter and his dance studio. I did take a little ballet as well. But I mainly excelled in Tap Dancing. My hat is off for Mr. Bojangles! 🙂

  5. Karen McFarlandKaren McFarland

    The emphasis is on “were a cute kid” Kathy. And I would like to see a picture of that myself. I don’t believe I have one. But…my mother may have one. I’m going to do a little investigation and see if I can’t find a tap dancing picture. Stay tuned. 😉


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