These days, tap dancers can reach huge audiences through social media, where videos from stars like Chloe Arnold and Sarah Reich have gone viral. But in the 1920s and '30s, the best way for tappers to gain a following was to have an act on the vaudeville circuit, which allowed them to perform in theaters across the country. Every tap dancer had their own routine, but there arose a desire for a simple dance that all tappers could know and perform at any time—especially so local dancers at each tour stop could join in. One of those dances became known as the BS Chorus.
Remember when Maddie Ziegler taught Jimmy Kimmel a thing or two from Sia's "Chandelier" video? Well, the producers at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" tried something similar, and though I hate to say it, it didn't go as well. On Monday, Katie Holmes appeared on Ellen's show to promote her new film, Miss Meadow. Ellen brought up a moment from the movie, in which Katie, playing the title character, tap dances. Ellen said she wishes she knew how to tap, and just like that, the two of them filed across the stage for a very quick lesson. (Katie played the part of the teacher.)
They had props—but not a whole lotta chops. (photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros)
OK. You know DS LOVES when Ellen's show features dancers. I mean, we just can't get enough appearances from tWitch. And we even love when non-dancers, like Jesse Tyler Ferguson, do silly dance things on her show—like campaign to appear on "Dancing with the Stars." But Katie Holmes' tap lesson just makes us a little bit sad, tbh.
Maybe the joke is that Katie doesn't really know what she's doing either. Like when she says, "I think the thing about tapping is, you just kinda—," Ellen cuts in: "Make noise?" "Yeah," says Katie. Can you hear my heart sinking? Tap dancing is fun. Tap dancing is challenging. And as you know, tap dancing takes a lot more than just making noise.
Luckily for us all, Ellen saves the bit with her hilarious take on the flashiest step she knows—a wing. Watch the clip below, and let us know what you think. Am I being too critical of the lesson? Or should tap dancers everywhere stand up for their art?
After watching the Miss America competition this weekend, I have a whole new respect for pageant contestants. Not only are they drop-dead gorgeous (and so fit—I mean, dang girls!), but they're articulate, super-talented and insanely hard working. (I can't fathom the crazy number of hours they put in preparing for Saturday night!)
But it was the talent portion of the competition that really caught my eye. I was shocked to see four of the ten women dance: three tappers and one lyrical-ish dancer. Aside from the lyrical number (I'll save my thoughts about that for another day), I was actually pretty impressed. Even the winner, Miss New York Mallory Hagan, tapped (in rhinestoned tap shoes, no less)! While her tap technique wasn't perfect, her showmanship and song choice (James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing") took the cake.
Take a look:
What do you think? Did you watch the competition? Did Miss New York deserve the crown? Tell us in the comments below!