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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday and Bunny Briggs

Throwback Thursday and Bunny Briggs

Beginning on the streets of Harlem as a young boy, Bunny Briggs showed his dance talent early. He was known for the speed of his footwork as well as being skilled as a musician. He died in 1914 at the age of 92. This early prodigy went on to be a great performer and a mentor to others.

He appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, on and off Broadway and at the Newport Jazz Festival. He was also an accomplished musician who appeared in the 1989 Broadway musical “Black and Blue” (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award). He performed with Count Basie, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington once described Mr. Briggs as “the most superleviathonic, rhythmaturgically syncopated tapsthamaticianisamist”.

Constance Valis Hill, a tap historian, wrote in her book “Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History,” “Bunny Briggs broke new ground for modern tap dancing on the concert stage.”

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #186:
“Bunny Briggs was a tap dancer and musician”

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