Jane Goldberg Tap


Jane teaching tap at New York University

Talking Tap with Gregory Hines: Lecture/Demonstration

Using footage, slides, videos, and audio commentary, Jane Goldberg is available for a new lecture/demonstration, and "feets-on" master class focusing on the late leader and visionary, Gregory Hines, who died August 9, 2003.

Goldberg and Hines were close friends; he chose her as his chronicler to document his theories, dreams, stories of his show biz past, and saw the big picture of how he wanted to  "keep tap moving forward." Hines was a major unifier of tap dancers as well as a triple threat in the entertainment world of singing/dancing/acting. He still had his "feet" in the tradition as demonstrated in the movie "TAP" which he, Savion Glover, and Sammy Davis, Jr. starred in with seven of the great big band hoofers.

Teaching Tap Dancing as Race Relations

1-day, 2-day masterclasses or weeklong residency in departments of dance/sociology/American Studies/African-American Studies

Jane Goldberg has taught dance all over the world, as far as India, Jamaica, W.I., Brazil, Germany, and most of the United States. Throughout her teaching career, including 20 years at NYU as associate professor, she always combined tap lore along with the techniques of jazz and modern dance. Students are able to combine the reading of non-fiction books about The Civil War, The Reconstruction era, World War II and contemporary times through the lens of a tap icon.

College, university, and continuing education students are Goldberg's most receptive groups. It was during her own academic years in late 1960s when she was most influenced by the changing times, enough to graduate and pursue dance for a living. She majored in political science and with a journalism background; Goldberg has been as interested in the non-fiction, and tap lore as the dancing itself.

* A syllabus is available upon request. Email janegoldberg006@gmail.com.

The Feets-On Lecture

Jane Goldberg is available for lecture-demonstrations to educate the world to tap’s complex story. Because it is oral history, and because it’s still in its infancy, tap history has been rarely documented.

The Jane Goldberg Feets-On lecture includes a lot of truth and consequences, anecdotal and subjective/but knowledgable statements about "the" story of tap. The important thing to know is Jane was "there" for the last of the old school masters who were in their sixties and seventies and still had their "feet" intact and stories to tell.

There are good books to try to find out some of the oral history. These books include, Tap Roots: The Early History of Tap Dancing, by Mark Knowles, Class Act: The Jazz Life of Choreographer Cholly Atkins," by Jaqui Malone, Brotherhood in Rhythm about the Nicholas Brothers by Constance Valis Hill, "TAP! THe Greatest Tap Dance Stars and their Stories,"by Rusty Frank, Acia Gray's, Anita Feldman's and Bob Audy's "How to" books on tap. Others: Brenda Bufalino's memoir, Tapping the Source, Jerry Ames'The Book of Tap, and Jazz Dance by Marshall and Jean Stearns.