Magazine article Musical Opinion

New York on Tap on the South Bank

Magazine article Musical Opinion

New York on Tap on the South Bank

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Fewer than half of the dancers in this show were American but when I saw it on 6 June at the Queen Elizabeth Hall it was full of the energy and vitality which are associated with American performance.

On the right of the stage, with lights down low, were tables and chairs in Nightclub style and it was from this point that Will Gaines and Carolene Hinds announced the dancers and gave a commentary. On the left was the four-piece band of piano, double bass, saxophone and drums.

The show kicked off with six dancers in Hoofers Line, performing rhythm tap as well as doing their set numbers, taking it in turns to show off their specialities. They succeeded each other in twos, threes and Solos, doing some very accomplished routines, particularly when speaking to each other with their feet. However, it was the final number of the first half which had me sitting up. …

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