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In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Buddy Bradley was coaching many stars of Broadway musicals, including Fred and Adele Astaire, Ruby Keeler, and Eleanor Powell. However despite being well known (and well paid) within show business he never received credit for choreographing a show with a white cast in America. In 1930 Buddy was invited to London to choreograph for Jessie Matthews’s show, Ever Green at the Aldephi Theatre for which he received his first choreographic credit. It was a great success for both Jessie and Buddy and in 1934 it was made into the first British musical film, Evergreen, launching him into the emerging English film industry. Buddy staged over thirty musical productions during the 1930s and choreographed a number of British musical films during his thirty-eight years in Britain.
BUDDY BRADLEY (1908 – 1972) – the first black choreographer of British musical film
🎭 Bradley was Henry LeTang’s tap dance teacher
🎭 Bradley was inspired by the “stage dancing” of Eddie Rector and class act style of Jack Wiggins
👯♀️ Bradley’s dance school had over 500 students and he influenced a generations of British dancers between the 1930s and 1960s
👯♀️ Bradley is mentioned as a consultant for the Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dancing (ISTD) Modern Theatre Dance Branch syllabus for which tap dance is a part of.
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Tuesday 18 August 2020
Last night I shared my presentation about Will Gaines for the first time and hosted my first Zoom panel discussion joined by guests, Andrew Nemr and Ademola Junior Laniyan, to share memories and stories about the jazz hoofer.
It’s strange presenting to your computer screen but I had a great time on the Zoom talk and wish to thank everyone who attended and for the wonderful contributions.
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I’ve been going to a regular Tomorrow’s Warriors jam session run by artistic director Gary Crosby OBE, since we met in 2017 (on the panel of An Evening of Jazz – Dance and Music). The jam is for those of us that are “too old” to be “youth” musicians of the main organisation so we often joke that perhaps we should be called Yesterday’s Warriors!
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New for 2020: one-to-one piano coaching with Annette in SE London.
Perhaps you had piano lessons as a child and want to return to playing?
Or you’re looking for a new hobby but are worried you might be too old to start learning a musical instrument from scratch?
News flash: You’re never too old to start learning the piano! Think of it this way, if you start at 50 and are still playing at 90 that’s 40 years of practice!
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A new jazz-influenced, versatile trio exploring music with tap dance (click), bass (boom) and sax/flute (phee)!
(Featured image: music studio rehearsal of a popular nursery rhyme for a children’s TV show)
Annette Walker – tap dance. Blending the rhythmic and lyrically elements of tap dance as musical percussive instrument with visual flow of movement.
Gary Crosby – upright bass.
Aleksandra Topczewska – flute and alto saxophone
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BBC PROMS PRESENTS Prom 54: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert
22:15 Thu 29 Aug 2019, Royal Albert Hall (Auditorium)
Broadcast on BBC FOUR Fri 6 Sept – available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days (UK)
‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s.
I joined the cast as a guest solo tap dancer back in 2016 and have performed in a number of shows up and down the UK including London’s Cadogan Hall in 2017 and 2019. I’m not in every show but keep an eye out on my social media for announcements of tour dates I’ll be joining.
Tickets £10 on the door, £8 in advance through our partner DesignMyNight. Participating dancers and musicians pay £6 on the door. Doors open 7pm and the jam starts at 8pm. Tap dancers can join in the free Renegade Stage class at 7:15pm for an introduction to improvisation.
Hoofers, other dancers, musicians, singers and poets drop in to jam from all over the world.
The London Tap Jam takes place every other month, on the last Sunday, in Hoxton (London UK) atGigi’s Bar, 11 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU
(Gigi’s Bar was previously known as Zigfrid von Underbelly)
Since the London Tap Jam began in 2006 I’ve been leading the Renegade Stage, a pre-jam workshop for tap dancers who might be new and/or nervous about taking part.
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