Bill Robinson


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(b Richmond, Va., 1878; d New York, 25 Nov. 1949)

US tap dancer, who revolutionized the technique by dancing high up on his toes and so introducing an exceptional precision and lightness. From 1898 he danced in various venues in New York (restaurants, vaudeville theatres) as well as touring abroad. He became widely known through his appearances in the revue Blackbird (1928), going on to dance in leading theatres and clubs around the US. He appeared in several films and was featured in The Hot Mikado (1939).

Subjects: Music — Performing Arts.

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