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LaVaughn Robinson: Dancing History

Film by Carol Boughter, Barry Dornfeld
Produced by Barry Dornfeld, Carole Boughter, La Vaughn Robinson
Cinematographer: Barry Dornfeld
Editing: Barry Dornfeld, Carole Boughter, Brendan Jerome
Copyright: 2003, Barry Dornfeld, Carole Boughter, LaVaughn Robinson
29 minutes, Color
Original format: Betacam Digital (Digi Beta), 2003
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LaVaughn Robinson, a National Heritage Fellowship award winner, was a tap-dance virtuoso on the big-band circuit in the 1940s and í50s who became a master teacher and a major force in tapís revival

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.

Mr. Robinson was part of an extraordinary generation of child dancers who rose to stardom after sharpening their tap skills in Philadelphia street competitions. In later years he would credit his fellow black performers as his mentors as well as white dancers like the Condo Brothers from Philadelphia.