19 May 2009

Tap dance on drums

What you are watching is Jumpin' Jive, the finest piece of tap dancing ever filmed (the dance sequence begins at 1:32). Fred Astaire and Mikhail Baryshnikov both thought this the greatest dance scene and the Nicholas Brothers the greatest dancers.
Nobody that came after the Nicholas Brothers dared to have this scene redone. The scene is taken from the Stormy Weather (1943), one of the two major Hollywood musicals that chose to cast an all-African-American cast. The other one was Cabin in the Sky (1943).
Make no mistake. These two gems are an art form away from what we have learned to expect from a musical.

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