|From Theatre Dance, Fayard (in the air) and Harold Nicholas|
I...love...The Nicholas Brothers. I love them. If I were a dancer, I would aspire to be like them. In my opinion, they were, are, and forever will be the greatest dancers to ever walk this Earth--period. If you don't know who The Nicholas Brothers are...
First off, here are some links for you to check out:
Now, here's the good stuff:
Biography Channel documentary
We Sing, We Dance (Documentary)
Check out young Fayard and Harold performing in the musical short, Pie, Pie Blackbird (1932).
Watch the dynamic duo a few years later in The Black Network (1936). Actress Nina Mae McKinney starred in both of these shorts, by the way.
Watch The Nicholas Brothers in a scene stealing (and uncredited) performance in Down Argentine Way (1940).
Harold Nicholas performs with his big brother and fiancée (Dorothy Dandridge) in this "Chattanooga Choo Choo" routine from Sun Valley Serenade.
Below is THE greatest dance routine of ALL time--the infamous and incomparable "Jumpin' Jive" number in Stormy Weather (1943).
Here they are performing on The Colgate Comedy Hour in 1952...
...and at the Hollywood Palace in 1965!
Harold Nicholas is the fifth "challenger" in red in this scene from the 1989 movie, Tap. However, I highly recommend that you watch the entire clip!
Now, watch Fayard Nicholas perform Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" at Los Angeles' famed Improv in August 2002.
There are many more clips and links available to us through a click of a mouse. Please share this post and continue sharing the legacy of the late, great Nicholas Brothers.