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Fayard & Harold Nicholas​

Fayard Nicholas (1914–2006) and Harold Nicholas (1921–2000) were born in Mobile, Alabama. Better known as “The Nicholas Brothers,” Fayard and Harold Nicholas both had unique careers as tap and “flash” dancers. They got their first big opportunity at the Cotton Club in 1932, with Fayard at 18 and Harold at just 11 years old. Following appearances with big bands, they became very successful in Hollywood. The Nicholas Brothers appeared in movies Kid Millions (1934), Down Argentine Way (1940), Stormy Weather (1943), and St. Louis Woman (1946).  Also, they performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 and Babes in Arms. Before they retired, Fayard contributed choreography to the 1989 production of Black and Blue and Harold performed as part of the 1982 Sophisticated Ladies national tour and in The Tap Dance Kid on Broadway in 1986. The brothers have received Kennedy Center Honors and have had the documentary The Nicholas Brothers: We Dance and Sing made in their honor.