Saturday Dance: The Nicholas Brothers

I can’t think of a more explosively talented screen dance team than the Nicholas Brothers. They were physically impressive dancers, but their artistry was such that their complex acrobatics never looked like a series of stunts. This routine from Storm Weather (1943) has got to be one of the best ever filmed; it is stunning in its complexity and physicality.

 

And here they are decades later, strutting their stuff on a 1977 episode of The Jackson Show. Two things that amaze me about this clip: that the Nicholas Brothers are still so acrobatic and that the Jacksons all do a fine job of keeping up with this still-electric duo.

 

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