Pair of Tap Shoes

Ann Miller (1923–2004), among the finest tap dancers in the history of the American musical, appeared in such classic films as Easter Parade (1948), On the Town (1949), and Kiss Me, Kate (1953). Miller wore these gold–painted high–heeled tap dancing shoes numerous times over the course of several decades, beginning with her Broadway debut in George White's Scandals of 1939 and concluding with her 1984 stage triumph, Sugar Babies. The shoes are fitted on the heels with steel "jingle" taps, which make for a greater profusion of percussive sounds.
Currently not on view
Object Name
shoes, pair of
Date made
associated date
Miller, Ann
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
rubber (bottom material)
steel (taps material)
overall: 8 in x 4 in; 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Musical Theater
Motion Pictures
Popular Entertainment
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Ann Miller

Visitor Comments

7/18/2013 3:48:46 PM
I am an avid fan of all things that have to do with dance and movies with danicing in them and I am really excited that you have a pair of Ann Miller's dancing shoes. She was one of my favorite dancers of her time.
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