Midwest Studies In Philosophy
This essay considers whether tap dance might be categorized as a kind of feet- and body-created jazz percussion rather than as a musical form of dance. Its focus is thus primarily ontological, although there is much to be said about the experience and value of tap dance that goes beyond ontology. The nature of tap dance is then investigated in historical, functional, and culturally contextual ways, after which the essay shows how the answers to the historical and functional questions are best solved by cultural and contextual considerations. Finally, this essay concludes that yes, tap dance is a form of jazz percussion but that it still belongs primarily to dance and not to a dance-music or musical ontological category.
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Bresnahan, Aili W., "Is Tap Dance A Form of Jazz Percussion?" (2019). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 183.