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Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. It has roots in dancing such as the Juba Dance, English Lancashire Clog Dancing, and probably most notably Irish step dancing. It is believed to have begun in the mid-1800s during the rise of minstrel shows. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance. It is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition.