FAYARD & HAROLD NICHOLAS... of all the
important dance teams that have dazzled audiences not one can approach
the success and brilliance of the Nicholas Brothers. Fayard
and Harold Nicholas have captivated audiences in their films, on stages
and in night clubs all over the world. They brought a very special
dimension to tap dancing. Their unique style combined elements of
jazz, tap, ballet and acrobatic moves, and their brilliant choreography
has earned them the admiration and recognition of audiences everywhere.
Born into a show business family their talent was spotted very early. Their parents, both musicians, led the orchestra at the Standard theater in Philadelphia. Fayard and Harold's film debut was in 1932 when they made BYE, BYE BLACKBIRD with Eubie Blake. That year they opened at the Cotton Club, where they remained for two years, working with many of the black stars of that era. Sam Goldwyn saw the brothers there and invited them to go to Hollywood where they made their first major film, KID MILLIONS, in 1934.
Together and separately they've done over 30 features. A few of their personal favorites include STORMY WEATHER, SUN VALLEY SERENADE, THE PIRATE and THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT. In the late 50's and 60's they worked separately with Harold establishing solo credentials in Paris, France. In 1964 they reunited for three Hollywood Palace Specials.
For their contribution to American culture on stage and screen the Nicholas Brothers have received many honors and awards, including the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, the Dance Magazine Award for 1995 and their own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.