You’ve got to laugh at the great Cab Calloway easing out of the way as The Nicholas Brothers come to the stage for “Jumpin’ Jive” in the classic 1943 film, “Stormy Weather.” Unrivaled athleticism and elegance were the hallmark of The Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000). They enthralled audiences with their unforgettable performances in films like this iconic, never to be duplicated number from Stormy Weather in 1943. The brothers danced, sang, and acted together all the way up to the early 1990s when they made a memorable appearance in Janet Jackson’s “Alright” video with other legends like the great dancer Cyd Charisse and Mr. Calloway.

La mort est un autre fil de la trame.

Il est des moments où il pourrait pénétrer en nous
aussi naturellement que le fil de la vie
ou le fil de l’amour.

Le tissu se complèterait alors presque tendrement,
un peu comme si nous-même l’avions ourdi.

Il est des moments pour mourir.
Il est des moments
où le fil de la mort
ne défait pas le tissu.

—  Roberto Juarroz, Poésie verticale, Arthème Fayard, 1989

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Clip from: Stormy Weather (1943) | Starring Lena Horne, Bill Robinson and Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club Orchetra

Dancers: The Nicholas Brothers 

From: Southern born, Philly grown

Fayard and Harold Nicholas were American choreographers, dancers and actors that become renowned in history as the world’s most famous (and some would say the best) tap dancers in the world.

Known as The Nicholas Brothers, they were born to their father whom was a drummer and mother whom was an orchestra instructor. After years of being surrounded by music and exposed to African-American vaudeville acts, the brothers created a style of flashy-acrobatic tap dancing that set them above and beyond the rest. By 1932, Harold at 11 and Fayard at 18, became featured acts at Harlem’s infamous Cotton Club, in the vibrant era of the Harlem Renaissance.  

Their career inevitably led them to Broadway, world touring, choreographing, tap dance instructors at Harvard and teachers to the legends like Micheal Jackson and Debbie Allen. They also had an extensive presence in cinema, but due to racial prejudice could only appear as guests and never featured in plots. They appeared in over 45 films. It was during this time that Harold met and married actress Dorothy Dandridge. They were together for nine years. 

Harold passed away in 2000 at the age of 71. Followed by his brother who laid to rest in 2006 at the age of 91. 


Guess who’s been listening to too much swing 8D I watched some videos of people dancing the swing, and I realised Amelia has that curl so I added more (resembles the popular spit curl in the 20s). Went a step further and gave her a tux and some sick dancing moves ye (they’re reffed)


Les « végétariens » peuvent aussi incorporer, comme tout le monde, et symboliquement, du vivant, de la chair et du sang - d'homme ou de Dieu. Les athées aussi, ils aiment encore « manger l'autre ». S'ils aiment, du moins, car c'est la tentation de l'amour même.
Jacques Derrida, Elisabeth Roudinesco, De quoi demain, Fayard et Galilée, 2001, p.114.


BHM Spotlight: The Nicholas Brothers

This video is from one of their most famous performances at the end of the 1943 film, Stormy Weather. In an interview with one of the brothers, Fayard says the “jump splits” seen in the video above were unrehearsed and shot in one take. Fayard also talks about his late brother, Harold, who died in 2000. Fayard died in 2006.


The Queen’s bedchamber. There is a barely discernible hidden door in the corner near the jewel cabinet by Schwerdfeger (1787) through which Marie Antoinette escaped the night of 5/6 October 1789 when the Paris mob stormed Versailles.

Reference : Verlet, Pierre (1985). Le château de Versailles. Paris: Librairie Arthème Fayard.