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Portrait of Bill Robinson, 1933.
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, tapping his natural resources

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Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Was Born
May 25, 1878

Tap, tap, shuffle, tap. Have you ever tap danced or watched others shuffle and tap? Some of those moves you've seen may have been created by legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Born on May 25, 1878, in Richmond, Virginia, Robinson invented a new way to tap, transforming it from a flat-footed dance to a style that pushed the performer to his toes. Many of Robinson's steps, including the famous "stair dance," are commonly used today. Where did Mr. Bojangles get his feet moving?
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