Brotherhood In Rhythm: The Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers

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Cooper Square Press, Apr 23, 2002 - 352 pages
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Tap dancing legends Fayard (b. 1914) and Harold (1918-2000) Nicholas amazed crowds with their performances in musicals and films from the 30s to the 80s. They performed with Gene Kelly in The Pirate, with Cab Calloway in Stormy Weather, with Dorothy Dandridge (Harold's wife) in Sun Valley Serenade, and with a number of other stars on the stage and on the screen. Author Hill not only guides readers through the brothers' showstopping successes and the repressive times in which their dancing won them universal acclaim, she also offers extensive insight into the history and choreography of tap dancing, bringing readers up to speed on the art form in which the Nicholas Brothers excelled.
 

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This is a lovingly researched and thoughtfully created portrait of Fayard and Harold Nicholas, whose spectacular dance routines have captivated stage and screen audiences from the Depression era to ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
3
Born into Jazz
9
Brothers 19141931
33
Blackbirds in New York 19321934
55
AllColored Comedy 19341936
85
Babes on Broadway 19361938
107
Class Act and Challenge 19381945
131
Forties Swing Hollywood Flash 19401945
155
Swing to Bop 19451958
209
Nostalgia and all that Jazz 19641989
239
Conclusion
265
Notes
279
Glossary
295
Bibliography
301
Index
316
Copyright

Converging Styles 19421945
187

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Constance Valis Hill's articles and reviews have appeared in such publications as Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, and Dance Research Journal. She lives in Albany, New York. Gregory Hines is a world-renowned tap dancer and actor.

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