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Danny Daniels LP

Great Tempos & Great Tunes for Tap Dancing
Danny Daniels' Dance America

As a tap teacher, I've learned that younger dancers have to be encouraged to explore the rich history of tap. The amazing connections that link one generation to the next are not mere accidents. Tap Wonderland was created to highlight some of these connections between under appreciated dancers and help insure their presence on the Net.

Though he did major work on Broadway and in the movies, Danny Daniels remains sort of a hidden master. His name is mentioned rarely by tap dancers or even people who are interested in musicals, but Danny Daniels won a TDF/Astaire Award and the Tony for choreography on The Tap Dance Kid in 1984. Daniels was a featured dancer in several 1940s Broadway musicals , including Billion Dollar Baby, Street Scene and Kiss Me, Kate.

Danny Daniels in Hirschfeld drawing, 1945
Al Hirschfeld's Cast of Billion Dollar Baby
Danny Daniels on the left. (1945)
Duing the 1950s Danny Daniels toured with the Agnes de Mille Dance Theatre, His Broadway resume includes High Spirits, Walking Happy, and the Lincoln Center revival of Annie Get Your Gun. Daniels created The Tap Dance Concerto with composer Morton Gould in 1952, performing in the U.S. and in Europe. His movie work included Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Woody Allen's Zelig, Pennies From Heaven with Steve Martin and Stepping Out with Liza Minnelli. Nice resume! So many great tap moments have a conneciton to Danny Daniels!

One personal memory associated with this record: I studied tap dancing from Stanley Kahn in San Francisco. This is the record Mr. Kahn used for basic steps exercises, particularly So Long Mary, Li'l Darling and It's Only A Paper Moon. Each number on the record has a metronome marking for tempo and how many bars of intro, how many choruses and how many bars for the tag. For example on So Long Mary a quarter note =126, there's a 2 bar intro, 2 choruses and a 2 bar tag. Good information for dancers who want to use this record and create choreography go to with it.

"Danny Daniels's extensive career as dancer, teacher, choreographer and director provides him with the knowledge and experience to select the right tunes and tempos to get the most enjoyment out of tap dancing. He has chosen the acclaimed Broadway conductor, arranger and pianist Peter Howard to play piano,arrange and conduct this outstanding collection of songs." -- from the LP liner notes.

Unfortunately, as this Tap Wonderland page is written, the web site dannydaniels.com appears to be closed.

Danny Daniels

— Shinichi Matsumoto