This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Bigraphy: Bill Bojangles Robinson, His Life, Times And Influence On The World Of Tap.

1481 words - 6 pages

Bill 'Bojangles' RobinsonBill Robinson was known as the pioneer of tap dancing. He paved the way so others might follow in his footsteps. Robinson changed the course of tapping forever, simply by listening to the music in his soul. Some viewed him as a hero and a leader. Others viewed him as a great entertainer. But there were those who knew him as Mr. Bojangles, a man who would dance and smile. "He talked of life, he talked of life, He laugh-slapped his leg a step. He said the name, Bojangles, and he danced a lick, he jumped up high, He clicked his heels. He let go a laugh, he let go a laugh, I heard someone ask him please Mr. Bojangles ... dance!" (Mr.Bojangles)."Mr. Bojangles", or Luther Robinson was born on May 25th, 1878 in Richmond Virginia (Congress). His parents were Maxwell, a machine shop worker, and Marina, a choir singer. He also had a younger brother who was named Bill. Luther preferred his brother's name to his own so he did what any big brother would do; he took the name by the force of his fists and from then on became known as Bill Robinson (Kathleen). Due to a tragic accident when Bill was very young he lost both of his parents. This caused he and his younger brother to be put into an orphanage. They were later sent to live with his sharp-tongued grandmother, Bedillia Robinson. A former slave and a strong Baptist, Bedillia had no interest in bringing up two boys (Harlem). To earn money, Bill would dance in the streets and saloons for pennies. He would also he shine shoes and sell newspapers. Bedillia also forbade dancing in her home, which was finally the reason that drove Bill to run away (Dejoir).At the age of eight, along with his friend Lemil Gordan "Dots" Toney, Bill left for Washington D.C., where found work as a stable boy at the Race Tracks (Harlem). While he lived in Washington, Bill would watch the traveling minstrel shows and copy the styles and steps of the dancers. By doing this he was able to perfect his unique style of dance, which was "characterized" by highly rhythmic, syncopated, and complex footwork (Dejoir). In 1890, he joined Majme Renington's traveling company. The following year he joined a traveling company in the production of "The South before the War." (Tap) When that show folded, Bill went back to Virginia where he enlisted in the U.S. Army. In 1900, he left the service to go to New York City where he would pursue his dream of becoming a performer.At this time in history, Vaudeville was very popular on the stages of New York, but it was very difficult for blacks to break into the business. Despite the difficulty that faced him, Bill still chased his dream.In 1902, black comedian, George W. Cooper was looking for a partner, a "second fiddle," and Bill was just the man for the job (Harlem). After working with George for four year, Bill moved on to do some solo work in Chicago while also teaching on the side to insure his income. It was there that he met Marty Forkins, an actor's agent, who helped him...

Find Another Essay On Bigraphy: Bill Bojangles Robinson, his life, times and influence on the world of tap.

The travels of Marco Polo and his influence on the western world

1277 words - 5 pages Marco Polo is considered by most to be the most important link between Europe andChina in the 13th century. His accounts of the Eastern world had an immense impact onWestern thinking and life in Europe.Marco Polo was born in 1254 to a noble family in Venice, which was at that time anindependent city-state in northern Italy. Marco had a typical education of a young man of histime1. At age 15, he had already studied many of the classical authors

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, by Bill Bryson

1214 words - 5 pages The definition of a civilized society is a polite humane culture. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, both authors prove that the American uncivilized our society is. They explain that an adult’s attempt to civilize children is what makes society uncivilized because it makes children biased to the rules of society. Bryson and Twain express their beliefs on the American

George Orwell and the Influence of Stalinism on His Works

1072 words - 5 pages Stalin, in order to defeat Hitler. George Orwell lived a life full of hardship and defeat, but he managed to maintain strength to get through the tough times and to make the best out of what he was given. Orwell is a well-known author in the world today, and his book, Animal Farm, is even read in high schools, even though it was originally banned when it was first published. Works Cited “George Orwell.” Britannica School

The Life and Times of Nathanial Hawthorne is a summary of his life, his career, and an analysis of his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales

1515 words - 6 pages many sketches. About this time he had written and published anonymously, at his own expense, a small novel entitled Fanshawe. It had little sale and he attempted to destroy all copies of it after its failure.College days now over, the outlook on authorship was not inviting. He consequently returned to his Salem home. There he dreamt over his brilliant stories, but found no audience. For nearly twelve years, he lived a secluded life, rarely going

Pope John Paul II: His Influence on the World

934 words - 4 pages Pope John Paul II: Influence on the World Pope John Paul was one of the most influential persons of the 21st century. He changed the way the Catholic Church looked at the world and vice versa. Unlike most other predecessors, he stressed on dialogue and understanding among the people of the world. He sought to bring the people of the world together through the message of both love and peace. The role he played in destroying communism and

John Stuart Mill and The Influence of Utilitarianism on Hard Times

1876 words - 8 pages aspect to note because not only does Bentham’s influence on Dickens offer a contrasting viewpoint, but it also grants the reader the ability to ponder the different scientific thoughts and realities occurring in the mid 18th and 19th centuries (Stone 146-150). Dickens incorporated this fascination with Bentham and the “Utilitarian Movement” into his novel, Hard Times, through the characters, themes, and initial concept of hard fact. The prime

The Life and Achievements of Bill Gates

637 words - 3 pages . With his intellectual achievement, demonstrated by his outstanding SAT scores, he was quickly admitted to Harvard University to study for his career as a lawyer. However, he could not stay far away from his true passion, and spent most of his time in the computer lab. Soon enough, Paul and Bill, who were still in contact, began to work on a BASIC software program for MITS. Allen was promptly hired and Gates left Harvard to join him. Right after

The Life and Accomplishments of Bill Gates

753 words - 3 pages to IBM. At the age of 31, mainly because of Microsoft, Gates turned into a billionaire. Gates, in 2000, resigned as the CEO of Microsoft. On May 22, 1990, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of Windows 3.0… The country was now familiar with Bill Gates and Windows 3.0. Consumers and businesses bought Windows, and Microsoft stock… Gates saw his concept of a user-friendly operating system on every computer come to life. The world

A biography on the life and influence of mark twain

1282 words - 5 pages be so inspiring. Twain's methods and styles for going about his writings are so unique, shaped by his vastly inimitable life.In short, Twain's influence distills down to three dictums: Write fiction that tells the truthabout purposeful people that are confronting problems common to us all; have the courage to confront the wrongs of the world, but remember while doing it, we are all equal, and I am not superior; skip the stylistic frills in favor

The Life and Times of Charles Bukowski

1517 words - 7 pages had that helped him to cope with the aspects of his life and work through his traumatic childhood. Bukowski continues to influence many young and old readers to this very day in the world of literature for his bold articulacy. March 9, 1994 in San Pedro, California, Bukowski died at the age of 73 from leukemia shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp. Bukowski’s funeral rites were coordinated by his widow and were composed by

Life And Times Of Jimmy The Fearless

1229 words - 5 pages influence was his love for women. All together Chaplin has been married three times, has been divorced twice, and has fathered six children. This was said about Chaplin's infamous love life: The lovers lane Charlie Chaplin has trod is strewn thick with every kind of romance. No man in modern history has loved and been loved by so many beautiful, brilliant, and famous women

Similar Essays

James Buster Brown: A Biography Of His Life, Times And His Influence On The World Of Tap

1257 words - 5 pages influential groups that Buster was apart of, one being in honor of the great Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, called "The Copasetics", which Buster was the last surviving member of, and the other was known as "The Hoofers."Starting in 1997, Buster hosted a weekly jam session on Sunday nights at the Manhattan club called Swing 46. Sunday nights at this club because the focal attention for the tap community simple because of his presence. In 1998,Buster

Bill Gates' Life, Achievments, And Influences On The World Throught His Donations

1360 words - 5 pages computers, libraries, and vaccines? Bill Gates, one of the most influential men on earth could bring everything to us in a flash. He started his dream by making himself a billionaire and then he began to influence the rest of the world with his kindness and charity. Bill Gates led to a new era of not only technology but to a new era of human life.

Essay On Jackie Robinson And Relating How He Handled His Life With The Help Of Religion

809 words - 3 pages The main person to influence Jackie Robinson was Karl Downs, a young minister. Karl Downs had the ability to communicate with others spiritually. According to Jackie Karl was fun to be with and always participated in sports with the children of the neighborhood. Jackie often visited Karl in times of personal crisis. "Karl was like a father to me," stated Jackie, "he was always there when I needed him most." Karl's presence and dedication meant

Lord Byron: His Life And Influence In The World Of Literature

902 words - 4 pages Lord Byron: His Life and Influence in the World of LiteratureScandalous, provocative, disturbing. Few people would associate those words with a world-renowned poet. Those words, however shocking they may be, were often used to describe the life of Byron. An English poet born on Jan. 22, 1788, in London, Byron is most famously known for his contributions to Romantic writing. His narrative poems Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan are among