Charles Cholly Atkins was an American dancer and vaudeville performer, who later became noted as the house choreographer for the various artists on the Motown label.
Charles Honi Coles was an American actor and tap dancer Known for his high-speed rhythm tapping on the streets of Philadelphia.
In 1940, while dancing with Cab Calloway's band, Charles "Honmi" Coles met and teamed with Charles "Cholly" Atkins. As Coles & Atkins, their routine opened with a fast-paced song and tap number, followed by a precision swing dance, a soft shoe, and a tap-challenge. Their partnership lasted nineteen years.