Timothy Tap Dancing
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**Please check out the most recent show, which was selected as a First Prize Winner in SanDisk’s Point and Shoot Film Festival**
**NEXT EPISODE: Saturday January 24, 2008 Noon EST**
This episode was postponed due to a death in the family.
Season 2, Episode 16: Bojangles, Temple Song and Dance – Life Moves
Saturday November 14, 2008
Details: Transcription, and performance by Timothy Yue; Bill Bojangles Robinson and Shirley Temple, from The Littlest Rebel (1935), Song and Dance; Performed at the Allens Lane Art Center.
I'm pleased to announce that this video was selected as a First Prize Winner in SanDisk’s Point and Shoot Film Festival.
Friday September 12, 2008
During my absence from the show, we lost another tap master. Dr. Jimmy Slyde passed away on May 16, 2008. He was really one of the last of the legendary headliners, and it was a major loss for the tap community.
I didn't know Dr. Slyde personally that well, but the couple of times I did meet him, he was the nicest gentleman. He was a wonderful dancer. He will be sorely missed.
Perhaps, you might scroll down and watch my LaVaughn Robinson tribute in memory of another Philly Legend.
Episode 13: LaVaughn Robinson Tribute
Monday March 10, 2008
Episode Details: Tap études by LaVaughn Robinson; Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World medley by Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole; Performed by Timothy Yue.
LaVaughn will be deeply missed.
Robinson and partner Henry Meadows danced professionally for 40 years, performing throughout the South and in Boston and Chicago, but often returning to Philadelphia nightclubs.
He started dancing on the linoleum floor in the shed kitchen of his family's South Philadelphia rowhouse. His mother hiked her skirt above her knees to teach him his first time-step.
"Tap is a self-creating art," Mr. Robinson told his students. "It is highly individualistic, and each dancer differs from the other in a way which is not matched by any other form of dance. It is intricate and very free. Tap comes from the mind."
In awarding a National Heritage Fellowship to Mr. Robinson in 1989, the National Endowment for the Arts cited his distinctive style: “In performance, Robinson stresses the vernacular origins of tap grounded in community tradition and honed by generations of tap masters, many of whom, such as Honi Coles and the Nicholas Brothers, grew up in Philadelphia.”
Saturday January 19, 2008
Episode Details: Performed by Timothy Yue; Choreography by LaVaughn Robinson.
Episode 12: Bojangles and Me (Widescreen)
Episode 5: Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca