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Dance in Time: February
February 4, 2001: Bojangles, a biographical drama about the life of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, premieres on Showtime, with Gregory Hines in the title role.
February 8, 2006: A ceremony in Washington, DC, commemorates the donation of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater archives to the Library of Congress.
February 10, 1989: Tap premieres, starring Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr., Suzanne Douglas, Joe Morton, Savion Glover, and Terrence E. McNally, with choreography by Henry LeTang and cameos by Arthur Duncan, Bunny Briggs, Howard Sims, Steve Condos, Harold Nicholas, and Jimmy Slyde.
February 12, 1881: Prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, whom Encyclopaedia Britannica Online names “the most-celebrated dancer of her time,” is born in St. Petersburg, Russia.
February 14, 1946: Gregory Hines is born in New York City. Among his many accomplishments, Hines was a leader in the advocacy movement for legislation establishing National Tap Dance Day, now celebrated annually on May 25, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday.
February 15, 1952: Bill T. Jones is born (as William Tass Jones) in Bunnell, Florida. Jones won two Tony Awards for best choreography, for Spring Awakening in 2007 and Fela! (which Jones also co-wrote and directed) in 2008.
February 22, 1935: The Little Colonel premieres, featuring Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Shirley Temple in what is considered the first interracial dance pairing in the Hollywood motion picture industry.
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