Discussing history and legacy: With Montreal’s Rhythm Tap Queen Ethel Bruneau (RECAP)

Live on CIUT 89.5 FM

Airing Date: February 82023

Original Airing Date: Sept 15, 2021
Host/ Producer: Nicole Inica Hamilton

Assistant Production Manager/ Editor:  Amber Downie-Back

This week, with the Turn Out Radio Team working behind the scenes, we throwback to our Sept 15, 2021 interview featuring Montreal’s Rhythm Tap Queen – the legendary Ethel Bruneau. 

About Ethel Bruneau:

Ethel Bruneau is Montreal’s Rhythm Tap Queen. Born in Harlem, New York, Ethel began dancing at age three at the famed Mary Bruce Starbuds School of Dance. From the first ballet, and tap class, Ethel showed a passion for the performing arts. She appeared on Ken Murray, Spotlight on Harlem, and Carnegie Hall. After accompanying a friend to the Cab Calloway Hell’s a Poppin’ audition she was asked to audition as well. This moment in 1953 would bring Ethel to Montreal where she dedicated her life to transmitting the art of Hoofing, also known as rhythm tap.

Over six decades, Ethel has taught hundreds of children and adults her unique method of tap dancing. Many of her students have become Canada’s greatest hoofers. In Ethel’s (Miss Swing) own words, “I am a preacher of tap. I give it to my disciples to go out and spread the gospel of rhythm tap. Tap is glorious. I love tap. I preach the original tradition. Laying down the iron and picking it up. Talking with your feet.” At the age of 83, Ethel continues to teach as well as speak on the history of Hoofing.

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