Yesterday was the birthday of the elder of The Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914-2006), who along with his younger brother Harold (1921-2000) enjoyed a long and successful career on stage and screen. As a little boy Fayard watched famous vaudeville performers (including Bill “Bojangles” Robinson) at the theater where his parents were employed as musicians, and taught himself to sing and dance by imitating the pros. Harold learned by imitating his big brother. Soon they were performing together on stage, first at the Standard Theater in Philadelphia, then at Harlem’s Cotton Club — where the boys, then aged 11 and 18, worked with bandleaders like Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. They went on to enjoy success on Broadway, in Hollywood, on television, and on tours of Latin America, Europe, and Africa. They even taught master classes in tap dance at Harvard — not bad for a couple of guys who’d never had any formal training in dance.
This dance sequence from the 1943 film Stormy Weather has Fayard and Harold doing their unique amalgam of tap, gymnastics, and acrobatics to “Jumpin’ Jive” by Cab Calloway. No less an authority than Fred Astaire called this the greatest movie musical number he had ever seen.
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(Written by Jamie Quatro; reprinted with the author’s permission.)
A juggler on her way to a performance got pulled over for driving too fast. The cop was startled when he saw some of the juggler’s props lying on the front seat of her car.
“What are those machetes doing in your car?” asked the cop.
“I juggle them as part of my act, officer,” the juggler replied.
The cop was skeptical. “Oh, yeah?” he said. “Let’s see you do it.”
The juggler obligingly got out of her car and started juggling the machetes by the side of the road. A guy who happened to be driving by slowed down to watch the spectacle.
When the man got home, he said to his wife, “Am I ever glad I gave up drinking! You wouldn’t believe the test they’re giving now!”