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Bill Robinson - A Hollywood Routine

Tap Dance Research N° 4 - Bill Robinson: A Hollywood Routine (42 p.). 3 versions of the tap-routine originated by Bill Robinson & Jeni LeGon in 1935: the original / Buddy Ebsen & Judy Garland / Eleanor Powell & Gracie Allen. Additional tap-routines + tap research. Available as DOWNLOAD PDF

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Bill Robinson: A Hollywood Routine
    Set-Up of the Routines                        p. 5
    Introduction                            p. 6
    
    1    Bill Robinson & Jeni LeGon             p. 8
        from     : "Hooray For Love" (RKO, June 14, 1935)
         tempo    : 236
    2    Buddy Ebsen & Judy Garland            p. 15
         from  "Broadway Melody Of 1938" (MGM, Aug. 16,1937)
         tempo:  250
     3    Eleanor Powell & Gracie Allen            p. 20
        from  "Honolulu" (MGM, Jan. 31, 1939)
        tempo: 190

    additional routines:
    Bill Robinson & The Black Orchids                p. 24
    "The Bill Robinson Stomp"
    from “King For A Day” (Vitaphone, June 28, 1934) You Tube Clip

    Bill Robinson & Shirley Temple "The Shim-Sham"    p. 29
    from the film "The Littlest Rebel" (2Oth Century , Dec.27, 1935)
    research documents:
    Half-Break / Full-Break                        p. 33
    Bill Robinson & Shirley Temple "The Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers"
    from “Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm” (20th Century Fox,  March 18,1938)
    Bill Robinson Walk                        p. 35
    Bill Robinson & Shirley Temple "Oh Susannah" Question – Answer Routine
    from “The Little Colonel” (20th Century Fox, Feb. 22, 1935) DVD
    Bill Robinson & Shirley Temple: "Nja – Nja- Nja"
    from “The Littlest Rebel” (20th Century Fox, Dec. 24, 1935) DVD
    Bill Robinson & Chorus“Brass Buttons”
    from the film "Just Around The Corner"  (20th Century -Fox, Nov. 11, 1938)
    Crossover-Combination                        p. 37
    The Nicholas Brothers "Lucky Numbers"
    from "Black Network" (Vitaphone, 2 reels, May 5, 1936)
    Crossover-Combination / Hop-Lancashire Combination     p. 38
    The Nicholas Brothers "Calling All Stars"
    British Lion (1937)

            set-up of the routines:
    1    Bill Robinson & Jeni LeGon
        from     : "Hooray For Love" (RKO, 1935)
        music    : Living In  A Great Big Way

    Step 1    Shim-Sham / Shim-Sham Break
    Step 2     Black-Bottom, Body-Drumming / Break: 3-3-2 Combination
    Step 3    (not shown - Shim-Sham Rhythm)
    Step 4    Crossover-Combination
    Step 5    Hop-Lancashire:
    Step 6    Half-Break / Full-Break (Shim-Sham Break) / 4-Count Falling-Off-A-Log

    2    Buddy Ebsen & Judy Garland
         from  "Broadway Melody Of 1938" (MGM, 1937)
         tempo:  250
    Step 1    Shim-Sham & Variations / "Shim-Sham" Break
    Step 2     Black-Bottom, Body-Drumming / Break: 3-3-2 Combination
    Step 3    Style & Ballroom
    Step 4     Half-Break / Full-Break / Walkin' The Dog / Struttin'

     3    Eleanor Powell & Gracie Allen
        from  "Honolulu" (MGM, 1939)
        music: Honolulu   (Harry Warren & Gus Kahn)
        tempo: 190

    Step 1    3-3-7 / Robinson's Shim-Sham Break
    Step 2    Black-Bottom, "Body-Drumming", Break: 3-3-2 Combination
    Step 3    Robinson's "Hop-Lancashire" Combination
    Step 4  Half-Break / Full-Break / 4- Count Falling Off A Log / Susie-Q

UPDATED:2015-11-11 07:46:28

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