Harold Nicholas is an AfricanAmerican tap dancer born March 21, 1921.He was a member of the flashy-tap dancingduo The Nicholas Brothers. His Brother’sname is Fayard Nicholas and was born 1914 inMobile Alabama. Harold and Fayard Nicholas begantheir Careers as children. Their parentswere in show biz and played in a pit
Orchestra in Philadelphia, so its cool
how it runs in the family. Most of the
Brothers early years was spent seeing
the 1920s famous Black Entertainers.
They were amazed by the people who
did acrobats and dancing in that era.
So you know they watched and imitated
and soon they became their own act.
By 1932, they performed at the Cotton Club
A guy by the name of Fred Astaire told
the brothers that their dazzling footwork,
leaps and splits in the Jumpin Jive
dance showed off the greatest movie
musical number he saw.
The brothers danced on
drums and leaped over orchestra
musicians. (That’s an abundance of
talent right there)
The Nicholas Brothers’ HOllywood
Career came after a movie mogul named
Samuel Goldwin saw them in a nightclub
and cast them in Kid Millions.
These two were BIG FILM STARS
even though it was a racist era. The last
film they did together called THe Pirate,
Gene Kelly danced with them and broke
the color barrier.
Harold’s career involved him
becoming a solo artist. But like the
team they are, his brother came back
to do shows with his brother. He
was in Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
and Tap (1989) Harold’s last appearance
was in the Five Heartbeats.