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Interview with Honi Coles

Title
Interview with Honi Coles [sound recording].
Author
Coles, Honi, 1911-1992.
Publication
1980.

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Reel 2 of 2AudioUse in libraryAvailable*MGZTC 3-1301 Reel 2 of 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance

Details

Additional Authors
Stern, Lee Edward.
Description
1 sound cassette (approx. 15 min.)
Donor/Sponsor
  • Oral History Archive.
  • National Initiative to Preserve American Dance.
Uniform Title
Speaking of dance (Radio program)
Subjects
Note
  • Broadcast April 18, 1980.
  • Host: Lee Edward Stern for the WNYC, New York radio program series, Speaking of dance.
Call Number
*MGZTC 3-1301
Author
Coles, Honi, 1911-1992. Interviewee
Title
Interview with Honi Coles [sound recording].
Imprint
1980.
Summary
Honi Coles discusses the origin of tap dancing, and Bill Robinson's influence on tap. Cole then discusses his own beginnings as a tap dancer, and Fred Astaire's range as a dancer. He describes tap dancing as percussion, the origins of be-bop, and the early days of the Copasetics. Coles discusses the reasons for the decline of tap, the functions of the Apollo Theater and the Cotton Club during the decline of tap, and tap in vaudeville. Coles concludes by sharing the background of a time-step, and gives a time-step demonstration.
Local Note
Preservation master tape: *MGZT0 7-1301.
Dubbing master: *MGZTD 10-1301.
Preservation funded by the National Initiative to Preserve American Dance (NIPAD).
Local Subject
Audiotapes -- Coles, H.
Added Author
Stern, Lee Edward. ivr.
Added Title
Speaking of dance (Radio program)
Oral History Archive.
National Initiative to Preserve American Dance.
Research Call Number
*MGZTC 3-1301
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