No Maps on My Taps & About Tap
With Director George T. Nierenberg
Milestone Films restoration of No Maps on My Taps establishes the seminal documentary by George T. Nierenberg as one of the films that helped revitalize the state of tap dancing.
The golden age of tap dancing spanned the first half of the twentieth century and featured extraordinary artists, including Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, John Bubbles, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Eleanor Powell. But by the 1950s, many fans were staying home to watch television and the nightclubs that supported tap dancers were starting to close. Then, in 1979 came the release of Nierenberg’s exhilarating landmark film, No Maps on My Taps, featuring music by Lionel Hampton and the dance artistry of Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, and Harold “Sandman” Sims.
Nierenberg’s real love for the dancers and their art made this joyous documentary a hit with audiences and critics. The thrilling talent and ebullient charisma of the three dancers shines through in every fame. No Maps on My Taps screened in theaters and college campuses and multiple television outlets at home and abroad. The three veteran tap dancers performed live with the film all over the world Tap dancing gained a huge multitude of new fans and inspired thousands of young dancers to put on tap shoes.
Milestone Films restoration of About Tap establishes the documentary by George T. Nierenberg as one of the films that helped revitalize the state of tap dancing! The golden age of tap dancing spanned the first half of the twentieth century and featured extraordinary artists. In 1985 came the release of Nierenberg’s independent film, About Tap, featuring the dance artistry of Steve Condos, Chuck Green, and Gregory Hines.
DOCUMENTARY, USA, 1979
DIRECTED BY GEORGE T. NIERENBERG
CAST: HOWARD 'SANDMAN' SIMS, LIONEL HAMPTON, CHUCK GREEN
RUNNING TIME: 58 MINS