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A lively solo tap dance, typically done in wooden-soled shoes.
- ‘Joplin was obviously familiar with virtuosic pianism, as well as the minstrels’ ‘plantation melodies,’ cakewalks, buck-and-wings and jigs, prior to his professional start in St. Louis in 1885.’
- ‘A buck-and-wing is a solo tap dance with many leg flings and leaps.’
- ‘That is why Hayakawa, 73, takes regular tap lessons, frequently practicing his steps before a mirror to make certain his buck-and-wings are smooth.’
- ‘The ancient dances of America haven't such roots, nor such vitality; and we may have to become much more simple, or much more sophisticated, before we will proceed naturally to buck-and-wing and cakewalk and the ordinary breakdown on the floor of the Palais Royal.’
- ‘A large, crowded party (without an audio track) thus sounds like a troop of chipmunks dancing a buck-and-wing in a thatched roof.’
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