#tapiconoftheweek Sammy Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was as one of the most gifted entertainers to grace our planet. He was an amazing dancer, singer, actor and comedian. He broke through racial barriers, paving the way for people of color everywhere. Davis was a unique talent who more than anything loved to make people happy.
Davis was born in Harlem and raised on the road. His parents, Sammy Davis Sr. and Elvera Sanchez were vaudeville dancers. He debuted at age three when Will Mastin, his father's partner, put him onstage in a show called Struttin' Hannah from Savannah. Thereafter, Sammy became a regular on the chitlin circuit, the string of theaters that played to black audiences in the South and Midwest.
With the demise of vaudeville in the 1930s, Davis, his father Sammy Sr., and Will Mastin toured in a 'flash dance' act that combined tap, folk, ballet and gymnastics.
Davis was drafted in 1944. He completed basic training four times where for the first time he realized that people hated him because of his race. Sergeant Gene Williams, fortunately, took him under his wing, helping to add a little polish and enabling him to improve his camp show act.
After the army he returned to The Will Mastin Trio and Davis had a big breakthrough at Ciros in Los Angeles, where he had the crowd on its knees with his songs and impressions. Success followed when Sammy Davis Jr. signed with Decca records and premiered at the Copacabana. Tragically, Davis lost his left eye in a car accident that same year.
In 1959, Davis became a member of the Rat Pack, led by his friend Frank Sinatra, which included fellow performers Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford, a brother-in-law of John F. Kennedy.
The history of Sammy Davis Jr. covered sixty years and an enormous output. He performed in three Broadway shows, many films and numerous television shows. He recorded a wide range of popular music. Davis' last film Tap was a collaboration with the late dancer Gregory Hines. He died of throat cancer on May 16, 1990 at the age of 64. He remains a legendary figure, loved and respected by millions.
NEW CLASS ALERT
With last week being such a great class, fabulous turn out and I was so impressed..but 1 hour just wasn't enough! If only I had a few weeks to work with everybody! Im super excited to announce this 5 week Teen Dancer Pilates course, starting next weekend already ! 🙌🙌 Info below,
Please email if interested 😊 email@example.com
Teen Dancer Pilates
A challenging but fun five week Pilates course for young dancers.
to improve, • Core Strength • Foot work/arch/point
• Hip turn out • Flexibility
• Body awareness
As a dancer reaches collage age, Pilates will become a huge part of hers/his daily dance training in any professional dance school.
This course will be a great introduction to its methods whilst building on strength and flexibility for creating/ maintaining optimal form. As well as becoming anatomical and movement aware.
The benefits of Pilates will also boost a dancers confidence and give a real 'good feeling' when achieving certain goals.
My program and exercises is set up in a manner to allow the dancer to improve as the weeks go by regardless what her/his level is when they start.
Time: Sundays 11.10am starting 1st March.
Dance Company Studios
Beckenham High Street
Beckenham BR3 1E
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Emma Harrison is 14 years old and has been dancing for 8 years. She attends Legacy Christian School. She assists Ms. April on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Her favorite part of being an Assistant, is seeing the students she works with learn and grow. She loves seeing their faces light up with excitement when they are able to accomplish whatever move/step they are learning. “No matter how far they go with dance, I want them to really enjoy the process. We can't all be professional dancers but we can have fun trying! “ ————————-
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Happy Monday Kicks Dance Co. And this is what happens on rainy dance days when dancers don’t show up - dance moms and dads decide they want to participate 🥴 They thought it was going to be EASY (smh). We just love our dance family! #kicksdanceco #ballet #tap #acro
When raising children there are moments that let you know you're doing something right. I had 1 of those moments yesterday. My 10 yr old granddaughters @lilmissladym dance squad practiced at a place that isn't their normal practice facility, there was a mens basketball team and some other people practicing..my Glam-baby went into the restroom to change into her dance gear when she came out she had on her long dance pants..I looked around at her friends none of them had on their pants (just leotards and tights). I thought she had it wrong so I questioned her about it. She said "GiGi this isn't our place and I don't know these men, I'm uncomfortable in just my leotard so I'll just wear my pants" Now this may be a small thing to some but I'm so proud of her 1) For accessing the situation and making a decision that was best for her safety 2) For choosing to be comfortable internally 3) for letting us know that all the talking we do is penetrating that brain of hers. Fearing a backlash for her being out of uniform I told her dance instructor why she had on pants she said "Wow good observation" with a wink off approval at my grand daughter she then proceeded to tell all of the girls to put on their dance pants !!!! Go Moriah !!!!- your black girl magic is real !!!! #selfpreservation #blackgirlmagic #blackpride #blackgirlsrock #blackgirlswhorock #strangerdanger #dance #dancelife #jazz #ballet #tap #recital #hiphop