Saturday, February 16, 2013

Black History Month: The Nicholas Brothers. By Geniusofdespair

This video has the late Gregory Hines and his tap dancing brother commenting on the famous "Stormy Weather" Jumpin' Jive tap dance. It is not often you have one gifted dancer in awe of another. Fred Astaire told the Nicholas Brothers that the Stormy Weather dance Jumpin' Jive was the greatest movie musical sequence he had ever seen.

You have to wince watching their jumping splits during the dance... Hines once said: "If their biography were ever filmed, their dance numbers would have to be computer generated because no one now could emulate them." Mikhail Baryshnikov called them the most amazing dancers he had ever seen in his life. So watch the video. Maybe your kids can write about the Nicholas Brothers for school. If you want more watch this one, the dance acrobatics are incredible, go to 1:12 on the counter.



David said...

Yes, I was blown away. It looked unpromising but it didn't disapoint.

Youbetcha' said...

Wow. I have never watched that before. The music was wonderful and the dancers looked to be made out of rubber. I can't guess how many bruises they gathered up doing that routine.

The musician on the lower right was trying really hard to stay out of the way. And Greg Hines is wonderful as well.

Great tape!

Anonymous said...

I like your old videos. Gregory Hines narration aided my appreciation of the artistry of the dancers.

miaexile said...

WOW! incroyable! MAma Mia!
coming down the stairs is unbelievable.
seeing gregory hines makes me miss of those people who had that rare glowing aura around him and his authentic ny accent..
thx god..

Anonymous said...

Great. Well worth viewing.

Makes me miss Gregory Hines. He passed
too soon.

Hammy said...

Those splits on the steps must have crushed their nuts. I am shocked.

Anonymous said...

My God!! You were right. This IS the greatest dance routine ever to be put on film. The Nicholas Brothers blew me away. I had no idea such talent once existed. If Gregory Hines and Fred Astaire are in awe, that tells you where these two gentleman stand in the art. This becomes my standard for judging EVERYTHING going forward. Thanks