Coles & Atkins -Taking a Chance on Love - Soft Shoe Dance





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Published on Oct 3, 2008

To watch the entire clips with Marshell Stearns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DJPus...

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.

But this is one of their slow numbers... ENJOY!

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Carmella Breedlove
soft shoeing for Mr. Charlie lol
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In a world where so many tap dancers land so HARD this is sweet sweet sweet. Indeed - the definition of a class act. 
soft-shoe dancing, (a relaxed, graceful dance done in soft-soled shoes and made popular in vaudeville-- NOT taps
Shepard Vakarian
look,i'm a seal too
hingle mccringleberry
can someone plz explain to me why this is racist im not trying to start an argument im honestly trying to educate myself i know very little about this topic.
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Joseph Napurano
That's it—I'm learning. 
definition of a class act.
Two of the masters! Thanks so much for posting.
And beautifully done!
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