What is known as hoofing

What is known as hoofing, became very popular in America during the Advent of the Minstrel shows. White dancers would mimic African Americans by putting on Black Face, by way of rubbing coal over their faces. They would perform simple tapping routines while engaged in their comedic act. African American dancers helped this style of dancing to develop into a more intriguing and complex art form. Many extraordinary African Americans came out of this time, one of them being a man that went by the stage name Master Juba. He took the New York City tapping scene by storm with his never before seen moves which were greatly inspired by Irish and African cultures.