Men's professional tap shoe features a double leather sole for increased sound. Full leather upper, and a wood heel with leather heel tips. Comes with and without rubber pads.
Sizes: 8 to 14
Available in White with Black Screen Print
Sizes: S, M, L (boys)
At Gabie's Boutique we carry a full line of boys and men's wear including; jazz pants from $37.75, t-shirts from $24.50, tank tops, dance belts, ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop shoes and much more! Come and check out items from the Kameron Binks, and Nick Demoura Lines now in stock.
Famous Male Dancers
Alvin Ailey 1931-1989
Born in Rogers, Tex. Alvin Ailey was a dancer known for his choreography using Lester Horton, ethnic African, and Afro-Caribbean techniques. In 1958 he founded his own dance company, which showcased the work of other black choreographers.
Fred Astaire 1899-1987
Top hat, white tie, and tails, with a formal cane, epitomized the elegance of Fred Astaire's dancing style, but in his routines he used many other props--a mop, a hat rack, dumbbells, golf clubs, firecrackers, even funhouse mirrors. He danced on the tops of bottle-stacked bars and pianos, over furniture and, in a memorable 'Royal Wedding' number, up the walls and across the ceiling.
When Fred was 4, he began taking lessons at the ballet school where his sister, Adele, was studying. After learning tap in New York City, the youngsters began touring as vaudeville hoofers in 1906. The brother-sister act's first Broadway success was 'Over the Top' in 1917, by which time they had changed their name to Astaire. The Astaires teamed in many hit shows until Adele's retirement in 1932.
The next year Fred began a movie career that lasted half a century. He developed a debonair flair for comedy and an appealing delivery of pop songs, while his choreography became increasingly inventive and fluid.
After Joan Crawford in 'Dancing Lady', Astaire had more than a dozen dancing partners, including Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland, Eleanor Powell, Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron, Ann Miller, and Audrey Hep- burn. His most popular partner was Ginger Rogers; from 'Flying Down to Rio' (1933) to 'The Barkleys of Broadway' (1949), they danced together in ten movies. Their sophisticated style, the grace and technical excellence, and the integration of plot and music in their films revolutionized the musical comedy.
Erik Bruhn 1928-1986
Erik Bruhn was a Danish ballet dancer, who was considered by many experts to be the most perfect dancer of his time in technique and style. His dancing combined strict classical form with vivid dramatic characterization. Bruhn's greatest roles included the male leads in Giselle, La Sylphide, Miss Julie, Night Shadow, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake and the great classic pas de deux (dances for two persons). Bruhn was born in Copenhagen Denmark. He was trained at the school of the Royal Danish Ballet, and became a leading dancer with the company in 1949. He danced with many companies throughout the world before retiring as a performer in 1970. Bruhn served as director of the Royal Swedish Ballet from 1967 to 1973. He settled in Canada in 1975 and became director of the National Ballet of Canada in 1983. In this position, Bruhn's vision centred on the development of new Canadian choreography. He also challenged younger dancers in the company by giving them leading roles.
Jermone Robbins 1918-1998
Born in New York City, Jerome Robbins was a dancer-choreographer best known for his musical comedies and his innovations in classical ballet. After a successful career as a Broadway dancer, Robbins staged the ballet 'Fancy Free' in 1944; later the same year he adapted it into the musical 'On the Town'. 'High Button Shoes' (1947), 'West Side Story' (1957), 'Gypsy' (1959), and 'Fiddler on the Roof' (1964) are in a long list of successful shows. Beginning in 1950 he choreographed many works for the New York City Ballet as associate artistic director. He later served as codirector with George Balanchine and, from 1983 to 1990, with Peter Martins. Highlights from ten hit musicals choreographed or directed by Robbins were recreated in 'Jerome Robbins' Broadway' (1989).
Visit this link to watch some of Jerome Robbins most popular choreography pieces. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHsgRqtPkKo
Want to know more about Jerome Robbins? Check out his book Somewhere; The Life of Jerome Robbins, available at Gabie’s Boutique!
Bob Fosse 1927-1987
Born in Chicago, Bob Fosse was a dancer, choreographer, and director who began his career in vaudeville and nightclub acts. He became known for his angular style and eccentric ideas as a dance director. His direction of plays such as 'Pippin' and movies such as 'Cabaret' earned numerous awards. He also directed nonmusical movies such as 'Star 80' and 'Lenny'.
An incredible video of Bob Fosse performing some of his own choreography!