Although the heyday of tap and the time step may have come and gone, putting a tap number into a musical is one sure-fire way to get audiences smiling. Whether it’s in a big Broadway musical or a more intimate revue, a great rhythmic tap combination involves training, physical dexterity, synchronized movement and the ability to imbue those moves with razzle-dazzle.
The payoff? All those smiles.
Director-choreographer Kevin Black, who has made a subspecialty out of creating original revues, has a new one at Margate’s Stage Door Theatre. “Time Step” links many styles and eras of dance with a common denominator: the percussive rhythms of six dancers’ flying feet.