I’m really glad that Performance Mix #34: Remotely Yours turned out to be so productive for me. I was able to wrap my head around the ideas that were all circling in my head.
Jane Goldberg is a “rara avis”: a dancer who is also a writer. She has been one of the most prolific voices in the tap dancing field for the past three decades. In 1972, while a government major at Boston University, the dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers infected her imagination, and the virus spread throughout her body. She began to study tap and write about dance for Boston newspapers. As one of the tap renaissance’s pioneers, she set out to revive interest in the art by combining her muckraking and artistic talents. Ferreting out many of the remaining entertainment greats of the 20th century, Goldberg apprenticed herself to them while at the same time interviewing the old time great hoofers and documenting their work. Today, her archive resides at the New York Public Library’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as part of The Gregory Hines Tap Collection. Goldberg has performed her comedy/tap act, “Rhythm & Schmooze”, which examines politics, sexuality, tap roots, career vs. family, and other issue-oriented themes in countless venues in this country and abroad. She is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships. She is the inventor of tap-a-gram™, a tapping telegram service. She lives in New York City with her partner, the painter Owen Gray.