May 25: National Tap Dance Day

Bill Bojangles RobinsonOn May 25, 1878, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson was born in Richmond, Virginia. Bojangles was a masterful tap dancer, who danced exciting, complicated steps while keeping his upper body fluid and calm.He started dancing in restaurants at age five, and was soon in high demand at black entertainment venues. Later, he became very famous with all over, and many people today are still familiar with him due to his cheerful dances with Shirley Temple in movies such as “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” and “The Little Colonel.”

Shirley-Temple-and-Bill-Bojangles-Robinson-in-Rebecca-of-Sonnybrook-Farm-1938-20th-Century-FoxNational Tap Dance Day honors Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and all tap dancers – and it’s a great time to pick it up yourself.  Somehow I doubt I’ll ever have the poise and grace (and general non-klutziness!) needed to tap dance, but I’ll wish you luck if you try it.

“‘Then young women will dance and be glad,
young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into gladness;
I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.’
declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 31:13

P.S. Don’t forget to check out Towel Day! It’s “massively useful!”


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