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Tap World (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 10 July 2015 (USA)
About ten years ago, a group of us produced a fourteen-minute short film, 'Tap Heat', which film contrasted the traditional tap with the contemporary, as it's being created and performed by... See full summary »


Dean Hargrove


Dean Hargrove


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Samuels Smith ... Himself
Joshua Johnson Joshua Johnson ... Himself
Ivery Wheeler Ivery Wheeler ... Himself
Ted Louis Levy Ted Louis Levy ... Himself
Alaman Alaman ... Himself
Vicki Riordan Vicki Riordan ... Herself
Vicki's Tap Pups Vicki's Tap Pups ... Themselves
Evan Ruggiero ... Himself
Chloe Arnold ... Herself
Reona Otsuka Reona Otsuka ... Herself
Arthur Benhamou Arthur Benhamou ... Himself
Pandit Chitresh Das Pandit Chitresh Das ... Himself
Danceworks Danceworks ... Themselves
Luyz Baldijao Luyz Baldijao ... Himself
Maud Arnold Maud Arnold ... Herself


About ten years ago, a group of us produced a fourteen-minute short film, 'Tap Heat', which film contrasted the traditional tap with the contemporary, as it's being created and performed by a new generation of dancers. With 'Tap World', we wanted to show how this uniquely American art form has been given an exciting resurgence through the global embrace of dancers and audiences around the world. With 'Tap Heat"s popularity, we decided to reach out and invite dancers, choreographers and dance companies from across the planet to participate in a feature-length global documentary. Along with the U.S., we received 114 submissions from thirteen countries around the world. We asked not only to see the participants dancing, but also to learn their personal stories.

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American Rhythm. A Global Story.


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Release Date:

10 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Taipei, Taiwan See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,714, 12 July 2015

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The International "Language" of Tap Dancing
4 March 2016 | by larrys3See all my reviews

This uplifting documentary, directed by Dean Hargrove and running less than 1 hr. and 12 min., focuses on how tap dancing can indeed serve as an international "language". The film stresses the universality of this art form, as it crosses cultural, gender, race, and other barriers. Surprisingly, even in countries where I wouldn't expect to see tap dancing, such as Japan, Taiwan, and Brazil, it has gained popularity and recognition.

There are many contributors to this movie, too numerous to mention, who share some of their individual stories, which often are remarkable and fascinating. One thing is for sure, they all share an immense passion for tap dancing, realizing they will never get rich from it, but not caring as long as they can continue to pursue it.

The filmmakers are quite optimistic about future generations of tap dancers, citing they're adding new innovations, while still respecting its history and those artists that came before them.

Overall, the energy and enthusiasm of the dancers across the globe is quite remarkable, and I found the talent of all, both young and old, to be rather amazing.

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