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The Nicholas Brothers: Tap Dancers Extraordinaire

Fayard and Harold Nicholas, who performed as the Nicholas Brothers throughout most of the 20th century, were two of the greatest tap dancers in history. Their college-educated parents were both also accomplished musicians who performed during the famed Harlem Renaissance. Fayard and his younger brother Harold had no formal musical or dance training but taught themselves by watching and learning from the other greats of the time, including Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.  The brothers’ combination of dance and acrobatics was unparalleled.

I never tire of seeing this video of the Nicholas Brothers performing with Cab Calloway in the movie “Stormy Weather”. This dance sequence, performed in one take, is considered the greatest dance scene ever performed and filmed, period.


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