As a tap dancer, I was aware of the white movie idols--Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Eleanor Powell, Shirley Temple, and the African American male dancers--The Nicolas Brothers, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, "Buck and Bubbles." Yet, there was a void in the names for African American women tap dancers. Identifying and acknowledging the women who danced, thrust me into twenty-eight years research, interviews, and life-long friendships.
The publication of articles and book chapters have set the stage for my recent book "Tappin' at the Apollo: The African American Female Tap Dance Duo Salt and Pepper." (Available through McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers.) "Tappin' at the Apollo" is a biography that introduces Edwina "Salt" Evelyn and Jewel "Pepper" Welch who performed during the 1940s. The book traces their lives as tap dance entertainers and shines light on the affects of racism, sexism and homophobia in America.
I have also researched and published on Creative Movement. My book "Dance Education Tips from the Trenches" and various other articles were written to introduce the actuality of teaching dance in public schools. These writings served as a springboard for discussions about the transformation of children's attitudes and creativity through arts education.