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Songs unwritten a tap dancer remembered

Title
Songs unwritten [videorecording] : a tap dancer remembered / written/produced/edited by David Wadsworth.
Publication
Cambridge, Mass. : Leon Collins Archive, c1988.

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Moving imageUse in library *MGZIDVD 5-1997Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance

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Additional Authors
  • Hill, Joan.
  • Hetherington, Clara
  • Hetherington, Clara.
  • Raff, Pamela
  • Raff, Pamela.
  • Walker, Dianne
  • Walker, Dianne.
  • Goldberg, Jane, 1948-
  • Bufalino, Brenda.
  • Fanger, Iris M.
  • Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993.
  • Collins, Leon
  • Wadsworth, David.
  • Lyman, Will.
  • Leon Collins Archive, inc.
Description
1 videodisc (NTSC) (58 min.) : sd. col. with b&w sequences; 4 3/4 in.
Summary
Documentary on the life and career of tap dancer/teacher Leon Collins, who died in 1985, illustrated by dance footage recorded since his return to teaching and dancing during the tap dance revival of the 1970s. His early career, including his partnership with Buddy Lee, is traced in still photographs. He is seen teaching in his own studios and working with pianist Joan Hill, who developed a system of notating his dances. Commentaries are provided by his protegées Clara "CB" Hetherington, Pamela Raff, and Dianne Walker, and by Jane Goldberg, Iris Fanger, Brenda Bufalino, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. Dance excerpts include: Ritual fire dance (1984); Satin doll (performed at Jacob's Pillow, 1983); Flight of the bumblebee/Begin the beguine (U.S. Olympic Arts Festival, Los Angeles, 1984); Out of nowhere (Jacob's Pillow, 1983); Prelude and fugue in C minor (impromptu performance, Japan-America Theater, Los Angeles, 1984); The poet and peasant overture (U.S. Olympic Arts Festival, Los Angeles, 1984), performances by Hetherington, Raff, and Walker.
Donor/Sponsor
Gift of David Wadsworth.
Alternative Title
  • Tap dancer remembered
  • Life and legacy of Leon Collins
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Documentaries and factual films and programs.
  • Biographies.
  • Dance.
  • Video.
Note
  • A documentary by David Wadsworth.
Funding (note)
  • This videorecording was preserved with support provided in part by Save America's Treasures through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
System Details (note)
  • DVD.
Call Number
*MGZIDVD 5-1997
OCLC
NYPY896041755-F
Title
Songs unwritten [videorecording] : a tap dancer remembered / written/produced/edited by David Wadsworth.
Imprint
Cambridge, Mass. : Leon Collins Archive, c1988.
Country of Producing Entity
United States.
Performer
Narrator, Will Lyman.
Funding
This videorecording was preserved with support provided in part by Save America's Treasures through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
System Details
DVD.
Local Note
Former classmark: *MGZIA 4-811.
Added Author
Hill, Joan. Instrumentalist
Hetherington, Clara, dancer.
Hetherington, Clara. Commentator
Raff, Pamela, dancer.
Raff, Pamela. Commentator
Walker, Dianne, dancer.
Walker, Dianne. Commentator
Goldberg, Jane, 1948- Commentator
Bufalino, Brenda. Commentator
Fanger, Iris M. Commentator
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993. Commentator
Collins, Leon, dancer.
Collins, Leon, choreographer.
Wadsworth, David. Film editor
Wadsworth, David. Producer
Wadsworth, David. Director
Wadsworth, David. Author
Lyman, Will. Narrator
Leon Collins Archive, inc.
Research Call Number
*MGZIDVD 5-1997
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