Gear Up for National Tap Dance Day with the Nicholas Brothers

Harold (above) and Fayard in Stormy Weather (1943) In our May issue’s History: Lesson Plan, we learn about Fayard and Harold Nicholas, aka the Nicholas Brothers, the tap dancing duo from Philly known for their one-of-a-kind “flash act” performances that combined...

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Biography Returns to Print

Initially released in 1988, Mr. Bojangles: The Biography of Bill Robinson was well-reviewed but fell out of print, relegated to collectors’ shelves. Now, the full-length biography of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson has been re-released, and teachers and dance history buffs...

Dance History Lesson Plan: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

Tap dancing on the balls of one’s feet hardly seems like a novel idea, but the technique is due largely to beloved hoofer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (1878–1949). He revolutionized the previously popular style of flat-footed shuffling with up-on-his-toes...

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