I know diddly about musical ability and less about dancing. But talent? When it’s big enough anybody can see it. Unfortunately, what passes for talent today is often the talent of a publicist and not the performer. One day she is in a meat dress. The other day she arrives in an egg. In the words of Hank Hill, “People are gonna think we didn’t teach you shame and I know we have.”
Check out this clip of the Nicholas brothers. It’s from the 1943 film Stormy Weather. Sixty-eight years later and this dance number still can’t be touched. That’s Old School. I can’t begin to comprehend the talent here. Beyond that, I can’t begin to comprehend the work ethic required to make this happen. If violating the laws of physics was a criminal offense, the Nicholas brothers would have done hard time. People can’t be able to move like that. Yet they did… and in one take.
Fred Astaire told the Nicholas brothers that the “Jumpin’ Jive” this dance number was the greatest movie musical sequence he had ever seen.
Gregory Hines declared that if their biography was ever filmed, their dance numbers would have to be computer generated because no one could duplicate them.
Ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov once called them the most amazing dancers he had ever seen in his life.