Taps for Tap Dance Legend

Tap-dance legend Harold Nicholas, one half of the even more legendary tap-dance team the Nicholas Brothers, died Monday of heart failure. He was 79. If you’ve seen old-school movie musicals like “Stormy Weather” (1943) or “The Pirate” (1948), you’ve seen the high-flying work of the Nicholases. If you’ve seen (relatively) new-school dramas like “Uptown Saturday Night” (1974) and “Tap” (1989), then you’ve seen the solo work of Harold Nicholas.

Siblings Harold (born 1921) and Fayard (born 1914) began their career in vaudeville — entertaining audiences and smashing racial barriers as they segued into film. They stopped performing together in 1960.