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Tap Dance History from Vaudeville to Film STOCKTAKE

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Tap Dance History from Vaudeville to Film  STOCKTAKE


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This one-of-a-kind DVD is a collection of rarely seen original film footage from Soundies and short films of the 1930’s and 1940’s. The films come from the private collection of Mark Cantor’s Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive, a collection of 4000 preserved jazz-musicals , and from the Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Every selection has been carefully researched by Andrew J. Nemr of the The Tap Legacy™ Foundation and was selected to educate and enlighten dance professionals and aficionados. The narration adds background information on the legendary performers in this DVD, such as  Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Bill Mahoney, The Berry Brothers, Slick and Slack, Juanita Pitts, and Stump and Stumpy.


Bill “Bojangles” Robinson: “Harlem is Heaven’ (1932)

Dancer in Black Face: “The Musical Beauty Shop” (1930)

Will Mahoney: “She’s My Lilly” (1934)

”Rubberneck” Holmes:  "The Notorious Elinor Lee."  (1940)

Juanita Pitts,:  “It Happened in Harlem” (1945)

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson: “By An Old Southern River (1942)



Slick and Slack: "It Happened In Harlem" (1945)

Stump and Stumpy: “Boarding House Blues” (1948)

The Berry Brothers: “Boarding House Blues” (1948)


Chorus Lines

Chorus Line: “Ten Minutes to Live” (1932)

Chorus Line: “The Musical Beauty Shop” (1930)

Chorus Line with Bill Robinson: “Harlem is Heaven” (1932)


Novelty Acts

Tap Dance Roller Skaters: “She’s My Lilly” (1934)

Roller Skating Duo  (1930)

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