National Tap Dance Day

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National Tap Dance Day falls on May 25 every year, and is a celebration of tap dance as an American art form. The idea of National Tap Dance Day was first presented to U.S. Congress on February 7, 1989, and was signed into US American Law by President George H.W. Bush, on November 8, 1989.[1] The one time official observance was on May 25, 1989.[1][2] Tap Dance Day is also celebrated in other countries, particularly Japan, Australia, India and Iceland.

Tap Dance Day is celebrated online, with over 27,518,521 mentions on social media in 2016.[3] Tap Dance Day can be celebrated with an event, which may be organised by a studio or tap dance interest group.

Some may also celebrate it individually, due to geographical dispersion, or lack of access to the wider tap community. National Tap Dance Day is celebrated in many different ways. For example, a studio may send people out onto the streets to teach the "Shim Sham Shimmy" to passers by. The "Shim Sham Shimmy" is a popular move that is used in tap dancing. However, there are several cities (particularly in the United States) that have their own performances and events, to coincide with Tap Dance Day.

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  1. ^ a b H.J.Res. 131 House Bill Text
  2. ^ S.J.Res. 53 Senate Bill Text
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