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Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion.Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap.Well-versed in both Buck and Wing dancing and Irish stepdancing, Bill Robinson joined the vaudeville circuit in 1902, in a duo with George W. The act quickly became famous, headlining events across the country, and touring England as well.

The move is seen by some as a rebuttal to the older minstrel show idea of the tap dancer as a "grinning-and-dancing clown." John "Bubbles" Sublett is also known famously for popularizing rhythm tap which incorporates more percussive heel drops and lower-body movements.This is the origin of tap and what later evolved into (what most people know as tap now) "show tap", because it uses more arm movement.This form evolved because show tap was thought to be more exciting to watch and became famous when show tap was put on Broadway.They never looked less than suave and were always in total control of their dancing, even in childhood numbers such as Stormy Weather.A notable scene in the movie Stormy Weather features the pair dancing up a staircase and then descending the staircase in a series of leapfrogs over each other into a full split from which they rise without using their hands. "Flying swing-outs" and "flying circles" are Lindy hop moves with tap footwork.

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