(1865–1910) English music-hall performer. The daughter of a blackface minstrel, Collins was performing solo at an early age, and later with her sisters, Marie and Lizzie, in a song-and-dance trio. She was essentially a dancer, ‘energetic and agile’, with only an adequate voice for her serio-comic songs. It was with ‘Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay’ that she (literally) leapt to fame at London's Tivoli music hall in 1890. The song was accompanied by a frantic dance. ‘It was’, she said, ‘the mad rush and whirl of the thing that made it go. I got round a 40 foot circle twice in 8 measures.’
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance in Oxford Reference.