There are some moments in films that become iconic. One of those moments that will always be remembered in history as one of the most spectacular dance routines on film, is the ‘Jumpin Jive’ from the 1943 film, ‘Stormy Weather’.
Fred Astaire said it was “the greatest dancing he had ever seen on film” and when you see the scene for yourself, you will be able to see why. In the film, ‘Stormy Weather’, the Nicholas Brothers (Fayard and Harold) amazed audiences with their thrilling dance to Cab Calloway’s song ‘Jumpin Jive’.
The most impressive thing about this dance is not just the fact that it is an incredible, energetic masterpiece, but it was filmed in only one take! The scene had not been rehearsed before filming this take, so everything that you see was in the moment.
While they undoubtedly will have rehearsed the dance routine in a rehearsal studio, this must have been the first time that they ever ran it through with the set. That is probably why the scene seems so natural and exuberant; they were figuring it out as they went along, keeping it raw.
The Nicholas Brothers had a significant impact on dance during their career, and the film ‘Stormy Weather’ subsequently was selected for the United States Nation Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The film was stated as being ‘culturally, historically and aesthetically significant’.
Watch the incredible dance routine for yourself and prepare to be dazzled by the epic extravaganza. They just don’t make films like this anymore…
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