For the Love of Dance…

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Minus the splits what you see below was my Dad’s style of dance as a dance artist back in the 1950’s. When Dad watched the Nicholas Brothers perform in the UK in the 1950’s they could still do everything you see them do in this dance number “Jumpin’ Jive” with Cab Calloway’s band in the 1941 movie “Stormy Weather.” Changing styles often make performers look older in footage from decades past. So to give you your bearings, in this performance Harold was 20 and Fayard was 27. A classic moment in dance and cinematic history. Enjoy…

And below, the young Nicholas brothers, performing  in 1936 when Harold was 15 and Fayard was 22. Love their attitude and screen savvy in this clip.

I love the beautiful vibe to the piece below. Its warm and sophisticated R&B tone was the collaboration of Usher, Jermaine Dupree and Manuel Seal. The dance is all Usher and shows how assured and seamless a style he had already developed by the age of 19 when this song and video were released.

I love the way Brian Friedman’s choreography so perfectly channels the ooze and the mood of the music in his interpretation of Feel it Still. There’s a lot of fun and joy in watching a whole sequence of dancers play with this one. Enjoy!

Bobby Banas showing his own stuff before becoming choreographer to the stars…

James Brown acing these moves…

Can you believe this was 1930?…

And below one that’s in my roots through my Father’s father (in house pianist at Shim Sham’s Jazz Club in London – the place where the elite hip crowds gathered from all over Europe to hear the cutting edge of the new sounds of Jazz back in the Roaring 20s and early 30’s…

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