Ayn Rand writes about tap dancing: From her essay, Art and Cognition within the book, The Romantic Manifesto
Tap dancing is completely synchronized with, responsive and obedient to the music — by means of a common element crucial to music and to man’s body: rhythm … (tap dancing) looks, at times, as if it is a contest between the man and the music, as if the music is daring him to follow — and he is following lightly, effortlessly, almost casually.
Complete obedience to the music?
The impression one gets is: complete control — man’s mind in effortless control of his expertly functioning body. The keynote is: precision.
It conveys a sense of purpose, discipline, clarity — a mathematical kind of clarity — combined with an unlimited freedom of movement and an inexhaustible inventiveness that dares the sudden, the unexpected, yet never loses the central integrating line: the music’s rhythm.
For the advancement and inspiration of its members
PRODOS FILM STUDY GROUP
With special thanks to Producer, Robert Trachtenberg
And with the kind permission of American Masters (PBS)
Another brilliant documentary from the
Film Study Group project’s Creative Heroes library …