Eleanor Powell & Fred Astaire - Begin the Beguine (Cole Porter)
One of my favorite numbers to learn and perform.
Through the years I have been fortunate to meet and dance with some of the masters of tap, and to learn not just about tap as an art form but to hear firsthand about tap's rich history from many of the dancers who are credited with making tap what it is today.
Happy National Tap Dance Day!
The Nicholas Brothers (Harold & Fayard Nichols) - Stormy Weather
Considered one of the greatest tap dances ever filmed. I was fortunate to meet & dance with Fayard Nicholas.
A couple of the tappers I've danced with:
Received a Tony nomination for Black and Blue. His successful career spanned almost 6 decades.
Known as a trailblazer in tap. Choreographed the famed, "Morton Gould Tap Concerto" with Charles "Honi" Coles.
Jeni LeGon, one of the 1st African American women to have a solo career in tap.
Swing is Here to Stay (1937)
One of the defining moments in my tap career was dancing with Gregory Hines. He was an incredible dancer, performer, and all-around wonderful man.
A dream day in my tap-dancing life, tapping & talking with:
Gregory Hines, Fayard Nicholas, Diane Walker, Jeni LeGon
Cholly Atkins & Jimmy Slyde