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Spirit of vaudeville: Black minstrelsy performers

Spirit of vaudeville: Black minstrelsy performers [videorecording]

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Moving imageUse in library *MGZIC 9-2963Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance


Additional Authors
  • Cook, Charles, 1917-1991.
  • Cook, Charles, 1917-1991
  • Smith, Hank.
  • Smith, Hank
  • Ipiotis, Celia.
  • Bush, Jeffrey C.
  • ARC Videodance (Firm)
1 videocassette (U-matic, NTSC) (28 min.) : sd., col.; 3/4 in.
Veteran tap dancer Charles "Cookie" Cook and Hank Smith, who combines the arts of tap, mime, and clowning, talk about black performers in minstrel shows and vaudeville. Among the performers and institutions they discuss are Bert Williams; Billy Kersands; John Bubbles; Black Patti (called after opera singer Adelina Patti), star of the roadshow Black Patti's Troubadours; the vaudeville team of [Charles] Cook and [Ernest] Brown; challenge dances at the Hoofers' Club; and the T.O.B.A. (Theatre Owners' Booking Association), nicknamed the "Toby" circuit. Cook demonstrates the time-step, buck and wing, soft-shoe, and Bambalina, and describes the dance called the Essence of old Virginia, which evolved into the soft shoe. In closing, Smith and Cook perform a dance and rap.
Series Statement
Eye on dance ; 171
  • Produced by ARC Videodance as part of the television series Eye on dance. Recorded on November 14, 1985 at the studios of WNYC, New York. Telecast on November 29, 1985. Producers: Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush. Video director: Richard Sheridan. Program director: Celia Ipiotis. Technical director: Jeff Bush. Host: Celia Ipiotis.
Call Number
*MGZIC 9-2963
Spirit of vaudeville: Black minstrelsy performers [videorecording]
Eye on dance ; 171
Local Subject
Television. Spirit of vaudeville.
Television. Eye on dance.
Local Subject
Variety dancing.
Added Author
Cook, Charles, 1917-1991. Interviewee
Cook, Charles, 1917-1991, dancer.
Smith, Hank. Interviewee
Smith, Hank, dancer.
Ipiotis, Celia. Host
Ipiotis, Celia. Producer
Ipiotis, Celia. Director
Bush, Jeffrey C. Producer
ARC Videodance (Firm)
Research Call Number
*MGZIC 9-2963
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