I was chatting with Mr Trivia about The Nicholas Brothers recently, and he didn’t know who they were. So, I decided it was time to rectify his ignorance and sent him towards their Wikipedia entry and told him to look at the YouTube.
Harold and Fayard Nicholas were amazing tap dancers who came to prominence in the 1930s. They had a particularly athletic, even acrobatic style which you can see here in this clip from the 1943 feature film STORMY WEATHER. Cab Calloway sings Jumpin’ Jive for a minute and a half and then the Nicholas Brothers begin their act.
If you’ve never seen them dance, this is definitely worth five minutes of your time. It’s pure joy.