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Tap as an American Art Form

Finding Books on Dance

Simply looking up “tap” in a library’s catalog will not give you all of a library’s holdings on tap dance. Look up titles and the names of artists connected with the topic and try the following subject headings. Be creative with your searches, this list is not comprehensive:

Using these subject headings in CLIO and the NYPL can also find more specific results:

  • African American dance history
  • African American dancers
  • Dance History
  • Dance in Motion Pictures
  • Dancers US Biography
  • Jazz dance
  • Jazz dance US History
  • Jazz tap
  • Jazz tap United States
  • Tap dance
  • Tap dancers
  • Tap dancing
  • Tap history

Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

COVID-19 update

Normally, for books or videos we don't own, we'd suggest using Borrow Direct. Since Borrow Direct is for physical items only, that's not an option at the moment. We have a guide to using remote library services on the left of the page (or click here) that can help you find items you need during this time. But items that are physical only (where no electronic copy exists) may be very difficult or impossible to gain access to right now, unfortunately.

Feel free to contact Charlotte with questions, though!