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Class Act the Jazz Life of Choreographer Cholly Atkins

by Jacqui Malone

  • ISBN: 9780231123648
  • ISBN10: 0231123647

Class Act the Jazz Life of Choreographer Cholly Atkins

by Jacqui Malone

  • List Price: $90.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 05/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780231123648
  • ISBN10: 0231123647
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Description: Cholly Atkins's career has spanned an extraordinary era of American dance. He began performing professionally in traveling shows, nightclubs, and vaudeville during Prohibition and continued in the army during World War II. With his partner, Honi Coles, Cholly toured the country, performing with such jazz masters as Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Count Basie. As tap reached a nadir in the fifties, Cholly created the new specialization of "vocal choreography", teaching rhythm-and-blues singers how to perform their music by adding rhythmical dance steps drawn from twentieth-century American dance, from the Charleston to rhythm tap. For the burgeoning Motown record label, Cholly taught such artists as the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Marvin Gaye to command the stage in ways that would enhance their performances and "sell" their songs.

Class Act tells of Cholly's boyhood and coming of age, his entry into the dance world of New York City, his performing triumphs and personal tragedies, and the career transformations that won him gold records and a Tony for choreographing Black and Blue on Broadway. Chronicling the rise, near demise, and rediscovery of tap dancing, the book is both an engaging biography and a rich cultural history.

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