When this book was first published in 1936, tap dancing as an art form was in its infancy, particularly in the British Isles. Several years earlier the author, Zelia Raye, had visited the USA to acquire at first hand the very latest steps and to keep her pupils acquainted with the general trends of the dance.
Back in the UK she put her newly acquired knowledge to use in forming a basic tap teaching method, which was soon to be adopted by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Her book thus forms a valuable record of Anglo-American tap technique as it was widely taught in the 1930s.
Her book covers correct footwear, basic tap technique, the importance of time and rhythm, pattern and direction, elementary tap exercises, the steps and breaks, and ends with three complete tap routines.