No Maps on My Taps / About Tap

The films [are] the two best ever made about the art...[they] didn’t just record tap history; they became part of it, helping to stoke a revival.


No Maps on My Taps / About Tap

NO MAPS ON MY TAPS (1982) screens together with ABOUT TAP (1985). Tap dancing is one of the great American art forms, an important expression of black heritage and culture, but it had fallen out of favor by the mid-20th century. The arrival of these documentaries by George T. Nierenberg (Say Amen, Somebody) served as a lightning rod, relaunching tap’s popularity at the start of the ’80s. With several legends of the form in bravura performances, these films — finally beautifully restored — remain as astonishing and ebullient as ever. New restorations from the original camera negatives.

"A lively showcase for veteran Harlem hoofers." -Time Out (London)
Documentary, Dance, African-American Experience
George T. Nierenberg
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Three aging but still-limber tap dancers show youngsters where it's at in George T. Nierenberg's loving documentary 'No Maps on My Taps.' Released in 1979, when interest in the art form was at a low ebb (Gregory Hines' 'Tap' and 'Tap Dance in America' were still a decade away, though his career was ...

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