Tap Dance in America: A Twentieth-Century Chronology of
Tap Performance on Stage, Film, and Media by Constance Valis Hill
Acknowledgments and Special Thanks
Tap Dancing: A Twentieth-Century Chronology is dedicated to Nobuko "Cobi" Narita, producer, director, philanthropist, and founder of Cobi's Place, a gathering for jazz tap dancers, whose tireless devotion to the jazz and tap community has spanned more than forty years. Every artist she has presented or assisted becomes part of her jazz family, which means that her extended family has as many thousands of members as there are records in this tap dance database. Read a biography of Cobi here.
Special thanks go to the many interns and staff members who worked on producing the database records used in the site:
Text for the site was written by Constance Valis Hill.
Constance Valis Hill is a jazz tap dancer, choreographer, and highly respected scholar of performance studies. Her book, Brotherhood in Rhythm: The Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers (2000) received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Tap Dancing America, A Cultural History (2010) was supported by grants from the John Simon Guggenheim and John D. Rockefeller Foundations and won the De la Torre Bueno Prize for the best book in dance studies. She is a Five College Professor of Dance at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
The 2800 records in Tap Dancing: A Twentieth-Century Chronology (sans the Biographies) were edited by Margaret Morrison.
Technical functionality and programming of the site were performed by Nate Trail (Network Development and MARC Standards Office) and Morgan Cundiff (Music Division).
Web site design and user interface were created by Elizabeth Fulford based on user-centered design principles.
Administrative oversight was provided by Jan Lauridsen, Sally McCallum, and Susan Vita.
Project coordination was provided by Elizabeth Aldrich and Karen Lund.