It is Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday today (1878-1949). He was a dance legend, perhaps the greatest tap dancer who ever lived. He started dancing at age 6 and continued dancing most of his life. National Tap Dance Day celebrates him and honors tap dance as a uniquely American art form.
Celebrate this day.
– Play your favorite music and get your kids up and dancing.
– Read your kids Rap A Tap Tap by Leo and Diane Dillon about Bojangles’s life.
– Introduce your kids to some amazing dancing. Watch the films Singin’ in the Rain (1952) or The Band Wagon (1953) with Fred Astaire.
– Watch Sesame Street – Let’s Make Music (2000) and see the amazing dance troupe, STOMP.