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If you’re in the Rochester, NY area this coming weekend, come by and visit us at our display table at Stompology XI. We will have a running slide show on display of some of the photos from the digital archive. We’d love to meet you and chat with you about the work that we’re doing to preserve, support, and promote the oral tradition of tap dance.
The Cotton Club 1984, Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and Choreographed by Dr. Henry LeTang starring Gregory Hines and Maurice Hines among others.
It is the story of what was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people that visited the club, those that ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.
Roberta an RKO 1935 musical film starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers among others.
The film was adapted from a 1933 Broadway musical based on Gowns by Roberta by Alice Duer Miller, a solid hit.
The film Roberta kept the famed songs Yesterdays, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and I’ll Be Hard to Handle.
It also added Jerome Kern’s I Won’t Dance and Lovely to Look At both were Number One hits in 1935, the latter being nominated for the Best Song Oscar.
The clip is from Roberta with Fred and Ginger dancing to I’ll Be Hard To Handle.
To all dancers, dance enthusiasts and tap dancers join us in celebrating the Birthday of Will Gaines today 4/4/1928.
An Honorary Board member of Tap Legacy™.
Will was raised in Detroit, USA, but made the move back in 1960’s swapping NY for Rotherham, England where he lived till his passing in 2014.
The move was after a successful US career that had included seasons at the Cotton Club with swing stars Lionel Hampton and Cab Calloway.
The clip is of Will Gaines in My Home Is My Shoe one of a series of short films directed and produced by Deborah Anzalone/Century Films, this was broadcasted by Channel 4 UK, on January 19th, 2009.
Yes Sir, That’s My Baby, 1949 Starring Donald O’Connor, Gloria DeHaven, Charles Coburn among others.
Directed by George Sherman, written by Oscar Brodney, filmed on location at Universal Studios.
The story of a group of ex-GIs at a college, and their clash with their wives about them over playing football.