Photographer James Kriegsmann, 1946. Via wikimedia commons.

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, 1946. Photographer James Kriegsmann. Via wikimedia commons.

Did you know that yesterday was National Tap Dance Day? The reason it’s designated as May 25th is because that’s Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday: May 25, 1878. Yep, it’s a real holiday, with the resolution being signed into law by President George Bush in 1989.

Since we were busy with Memorial Day yesterday, I think we can get an extension, don’t you? Pull out your dance shoes!

Or, if you prefer to celebrate in more sedentary style, here’s a terrific performance of Robinson’s from the 1935 Shirley Temple film The Little Colonel:

Have you ever tap danced? Do you think it could make a come-back? I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time,


P.S. – While you all are dancing out there, I’ll be busy doing a Skype author interview with Ms. Hartt’s 6th graders. Wish me luck! 😉

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