Tap shoes worn by Ann Miller

Description:

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.

Date Made: 1939

User: Miller, Ann

Location: Currently not on view

Used: Musical TheaterMotion PicturesTelevisionSubject: DancersGeneral Subject Association: Television

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Credit Line: Gift of Ann Miller

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.1012.01Accession Number: 1984.1012Catalog Number: 1984.1012.01

Object Name: shoes, pair of

Physical Description: leather (overall material)rubber (bottom material)steel (taps material)Measurements: overall: 8 in x 4 in; 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-9076-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_681148

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