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 Post subject: Tap Dance Legends
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2001 10:47 am 
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<B>Nine American Tap Dance Legends to Receive Honorary Doctorates From Oklahoma City University</B><BR>OKLAHOMA CITY, PRNewswire<P><BR>John Bedford, Dean of Oklahoma City University's renowned School of American Dance & Arts Management, and Jo Rowan, Chairman of the Dance Department have announced that the University's Board of Trustees, under the leadership of OCU President Tom J. McDaniel, recently approved the conferral of the honorary degree Doctor of Performing Arts in American Dance to nine legendary performers who have made significant contributions to the creation, development, preservation and promotion of tap dance.<P>The tap performers being honored are Leonard Reed, Fayard Nicholas, Henry LeTang, Cholly Atkins, Jeni LeGon, Bunny Briggs, Jimmy Slyde, Buster Brown, and Prince Spencer. They will receive their honorary degrees at a gala celebration at Oklahoma City University Sat., Feb. 23, 2002.<P><A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/011219/daw031_1.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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An update:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Living Legends in American Dance Honored at Oklahoma City University<P>OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Oklahoma City University makes history this month as its School of American Dance and Arts Management and the Robert L. Reed Tap Heritage Institute pay tribute to nine world-famous African-American tap dancers by conferring upon them the honorary degree Doctor of Performing Arts in American dance.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/020208/daf024_1.html target=_blank>More</a>


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Pioneering dancer-actress reflects on lifetime of achievements

By HEDY WEISS
Chicago Sun-Times
July 22, 2004

Sometimes, legends grow up in your own backyard. Jeni LeGon, for example, was born and bred on the South Side and began dancing as a kid, accompanied by what she recently described as "a little tramp band, which included a kazoo, a tissue-paper-covered comb, a washtub bass with strings and, if possible, a fiddler."
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LeGon always wore the pants

By LUCIA MAURO
The Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2004

At 87, LeGon can still wow the crowds. She will kick off the 14th annual Chicago Human Rhythm Project -- one of the country's largest tap and rhythmic dance festivals...
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New Fund Is Created for Ailing Tap Legend
by LOLA OGUNNAIKE for the New York Times

News of Mr. Nicholas's poor health saddened the tap community. So did the news that Mr. Nicholas, 91, was too destitute to pay his rent and mounting medical bills. Rusty Frank, a Los Angeles-based dance instructor who is a friend of Mr. Nicholas and his wife, Katherine Hopkins-Nicholas, was so moved that she is spearheading a fund-raising drive to ensure that the veteran hoofer never has to worry about money again.

published: December 10, 2005
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Elder of the Nicholas Brothers - 'the most amazing dancers... ever'
by TOM VALLANCE in the Independent

The Nicholas Brothers, Fayard Nicholas and his younger brother Harold, are acknowledged to be the finest dance team that ever worked in films, and among the greatest tap dancers of all time. Their style, wit, elegance and daring athleticism were phenomenal, with leaps and spins, especially their spectacular "double flying splits", that seemed to defy gravity. The ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov once called them "the most amazing dancers I have ever seen in my life - ever".

published: 27 January 2006
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Fayard Nicholas, who died on Tuesday aged 91, was the elder half of the Nicholas Brothers, a tap-dancing duo which gave new meaning to the art of dance in the 1930s.

published: January 27, 2006
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The Nicholas Brothers were great. They're probably remembered by most moviegoers for their athletic feats, but they were also great dance stylists.

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The pair's final film together was The Pirate (1948), for which they were especially requested by Gene Kelly, who danced with them to the number "Be a Clown", though Fayard was disappointed that for the first time in movies he had no hand in the choreography, which was done by Kelly and Robert Alton.
Is it just coincidence that the Nicholas Brothers don't get to do any tricks in this number that might outshine Kelly?


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Farewell to a 'Genie' and a Style That Dazzled
by JENNIFER DUNNING for the New York Times

But their style of tap is long gone, if indeed it was ever a style. So are movie musicals and vaudeville, in which the brothers came of age as very young professionals. What died on Jan. 24 was the last gust of a force of nature called the Nicholas Brothers.

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Fayard Nicholas
in the Scotland Herald

Harold, who died in 2000, once said of his older brother's dancing, "He was like a poet... talking to you with his hands and feet."

published: January 30, 2006
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Last night I rented the DVD of Stormy Weather , in which the Nicholas Brothers did their famous jumping-over-each-other-on-the-giant-stairs-and-landing-in-the-splits routine. But before they get to that part, they do some first-rate, exciting dancing that demonstrates Fayard's and Harold's respective styles beautifully. (It's the next-to-last scene on the DVD, if you're interested.)


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