When You See This Dance Routine, It Will Blow Your Mind
The dance routine that wow’d the world was depicted in the 1943 musical film “Stormy Weather” and performed by none other than the legendary Nicholas Brothers.
They danced to the musical number “Jumpin’ Jive,” a song by Harlem-based bandleader Cab Calloway and his orchestra.
Brothers Fayard and Harold were the BEST acrobatic “flash dancers” around. While many jazz tap-dancers of the day tapped enthusiastically on foot, the Nicholas Brothers seemed to tap through the air! And up the walls! And even gliding down flights of stairs!
One of the brothers’ signature moves was jumping into splits - like, REAL splits - and sliding back up with NO hands - a spectacular move the two would perform in tandem!
Perhaps most amazing about this dance performance is the not-so-secret behind it: this routine was performed UNREHEARSED and filmed on the FIRST TAKE. Now it’s deemed the BEST dance scene ever on film.
The Nicholas brothers found fame during the height of the Harlem Renaissance with their unique style and astonishing unity. And in every step they took through their flourishing career, the spirit of Black dance was always alive.
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