Bill Bailey (dancer)

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey (December 8, 1912 – December 12, 1978) was an African-American tap dancer.wikipedia
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Pearl Bailey

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He was the brother of Pearl Bailey.
Her brother Bill Bailey was beginning his own career as a tap dancer, and suggested she enter an amateur contest at the Pearl Theatre in Philadelphia.

Moonwalk (dance)

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Bill was the first person to be recorded doing the Moonwalk, although he referred to it as the "Backslide", in the film Cabin in the Sky (1943), starring Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Lena Horne.
In 1955, it was recorded in a performance by tap dancer Bill Bailey.

Cabin in the Sky (film)

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Bill was the first person to be recorded doing the Moonwalk, although he referred to it as the "Backslide", in the film Cabin in the Sky (1943), starring Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Lena Horne.

African Americans

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Bill Bailey (December 8, 1912 – December 12, 1978) was an African-American tap dancer.

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Bill Bailey (December 8, 1912 – December 12, 1978) was an African-American tap dancer.

Ethel Waters

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Bill was the first person to be recorded doing the Moonwalk, although he referred to it as the "Backslide", in the film Cabin in the Sky (1943), starring Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Lena Horne.

Eddie "Rochester" Anderson

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Bill was the first person to be recorded doing the Moonwalk, although he referred to it as the "Backslide", in the film Cabin in the Sky (1943), starring Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Lena Horne.

Lena Horne

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Bill was the first person to be recorded doing the Moonwalk, although he referred to it as the "Backslide", in the film Cabin in the Sky (1943), starring Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Lena Horne.

Bill Robinson

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He was trained briefly by Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

William Bailey

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Slappy White

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Years later, when White and dancer Bill Bailey, who was Pearl's brother, teamed up for an act, White joked that the act would be billed as "Rev. Bill Bailey and his ex-brother-in-law".

Shuffle Along

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The show was revived at the Mansfield Theatre, New York City, from December 26, 1932, to January 7, 1933, starring Sissle, Blake, Miller, Lyles, Mantan Moreland and Bill Bailey.

LaVaughn Robinson

Robinson's encyclopedic knowledge of tap dancers, and his sense of the importance of the history, led him to create dances such as Robinson's Waltz Clog in tribute to Pat Rooney and Robinson's Impersonation of Bill Bailey impersonating Bill "Bojangles" Robinson imitating Peg Leg Bates. In the piece, he opens with a basic "Bojangles" time step before jumping into a one-legged Peg Leg Bates step.