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tap dance: Later Dancers and the Combining of Forms

After a slump in popularity in the 1960s, tap dance enjoyed a revival from the 1970s into the early 2000s. Several young, white female dancers,including Brenda Buffalino and Jane Goldberg, worked with older dancers to learn from them and find opportunities for them to perform. The tap renaissance also brought into being musical shows such as 42nd Street (1980), Stomp (1991), and Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk (1995) and found an audience for such dancers as Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, who combined jazz, pop, hip-hop, and other musical genres in their routines. Hines appeared alongside ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov in the film White Nights (1985), and Glover choreographed a Broadway revivial of Shuffle Along (2016).

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