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Established by Congress to coincide with the birthday of jovial hoofer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, National Tap Day honors a unique American art form. But Hallmark has yet to get a card on the market—and who would you send it to, anyway? The Smithsonian Associates’ celebration is a better way to mark the annual event. Hosted by Washington Monument-conquering Carol Vaughn, the floor-stompers include Maya Harrison, Joe Webb, Tappers With Attitude, Taps & Company, TAPestry, Noble Potts, and Johnné Forgé. Local WDCU-FM DJ Candy Shannon will shake a leg, and my representative, Constance Morella (R-Md.), is going to be on hand, perhaps to tap dance around the fact that she’s a signatory of the Contract With America. At 7 p.m. at the Department of Agriculture’s Jefferson Auditorium, 12th & Independence Ave. SW. $20. (202) 357-3030. (DN)