World of Dance has featured its fair share of amazing tap dancers over the years. Tap dancing is a classic, timeless, and requires incredible skill and precision. So enjoy part one of our Top Ten Female Tap Dancers.
She may not be a household name, but in her heyday almost no one could match Eleanor Powell’s talent. Faynard Nicholas, of the Nicholas Brothers, famously remarked, “Eleanor Powell was one of the very greatest, period, bar none.” She choreographed all her routines but was rarely paired with male dancers as there were “few in her league.” Even the legendary Fred Astaire conceded that she was “in a class by herself” after starring with her in Broadway Melody of 1940.
Lady Di, real name Dianne Walker, has worked with everyone from Sammy Davis Jr. and Gregory Hines to Leon Collins, and Savion Glover. She is known for her powerful yet elegant style of tap, with the New York Times commenting that she is a “tapper from whom steps and moves flow like music, she has an easy warmth of presence that makes her dancing incandescent.”
This multitalented, curly haired child won the hearts of America seemingly overnight, with many claiming that her film Bright Eyes (1934) singlehandedly saved the Fox Film Corporation from bankruptcy. During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt praised the young star for boosting the countries morale, stating, “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.”
Sarah Reich is an international tap sensation. She first gained notoriety after appearing as a featured dancer in Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox videos and Dance Spirit Magazine named her one of the “20 Hot Tappers Under 20.” Known for her incredible musicality, Reich even put out a jazz album last year where she incorporates her tapping directly into the songs.
American bombshell Rita Hayworth grew up dancing and performing at her parents nightclub in Brooklyn. Known for her stunning beauty and long legs, Hayworth was a very talented dancer who could effortlessly keep up with the likes of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.