The Nicholas Brothers were a duo of dancing brothers, Fayard — and Harold — , who excelled in a variety of techniques, including a highly acrobatic technique known as " flash dancing ". With a high level of artistry and daring innovations, they were considered by many to be the greatest tap dancers of their day. Their performance in the musical number "Jumpin' Jive" with Cab Calloway and his orchestra featured in the movie Stormy Weather has been praised as one of the most virtuosic film dance routines of all time. Growing up surrounded by vaudeville acts as children, they became stars of the jazz circuit during the Harlem Renaissance and performing on stage, film, and television well into the s.
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Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used predominantly by non-black performers to portray a caricature of a black person. In the United States the practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the spread of racial stereotypes such as the "happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation" or the " dandified coon ". There is no consensus about a single moment that constitutes the origin of blackface. The journalist and cultural commentator John Strausbaugh places it as part of a tradition of "displaying Blackness for the enjoyment and edification of white viewers" that dates back at least to , when captive West Africans were displayed in Portugal. Blackface was a performance tradition in the American theater for roughly years beginning around