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Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
Fayard Antonio Nicholas, 20 Oct 1914 - 24 Jan 2006  Search this
Harold Lloyd Nicholas, 17 Mar 1921 - 3 Jul 2000  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 18.5 × 23.5 cm (7 5/16 × 9 1/4")
Sheet: 19.1 × 23.9 cm (7 1/2 × 9 7/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1940
Exhibition Label:
Fayard Nicholas 1914–2006
Born Mobile, Alabama
Harold Nicholas 1921–2000
Born Winston-Salem, North Carolina
The Nicholas Brothers have been called the greatest tap dancers of all time. They created a sensation at the Cotton Club when Harold was eleven and Fayard eighteen. In 1936 they debuted on Broadway in the Ziegfeld Follies, directed by Vincente Minnelli and choreographed by George Balanchine. The next year Balanchine worked with them in the Rodgers and Hart hit musical Babes in Arms.
Their movies—including Kid Millions, The Big Broadcast, Down Argentine Way (shown in this photograph), Stormy Weather, and The Pirate—record their electrifying dance style. Sometimes called “flash-act acrobatic dancing,” their tap was a dazzling hybrid that fused African American vernacular dance with ballet, and jazz dance with improvised acrobatics. Fayard Nicholas explained, “My brother and I used our whole bodies, our hands, our personalities. We tried to make it classic.”
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Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
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Interior\Nightclub  Search this
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Architecture\Stairs  Search this
Human Figures  Search this
Harold Lloyd Nicholas: Male  Search this
Harold Lloyd Nicholas: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Harold Lloyd Nicholas: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer  Search this
Harold Lloyd Nicholas: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Harold Lloyd Nicholas: Performing Arts\Performer\Entertainer  Search this
Harold Lloyd Nicholas: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer\Tap  Search this
Fayard Antonio Nicholas: Male  Search this
Fayard Antonio Nicholas: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer\Tap  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Daniel and Rebecca Okrent
Object number:
NPG.2013.58
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm414f17f69-51a2-4f8a-807d-3a1426fe7bc5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2013.58