I have been obsessed with this footage for some time: the overexposed, white, infinity extending room contrasted by the hard edges of the dancers. Incredible steps and moves here. It is a great documentation of another time and place.
Watching these post war dances one can get a sense of where James Brown’s showmanship comes from. The elements that he absorbed, synthesized and built upon are evident in the footwork, glides and spins of the various performers.
Even today it is apparent that these dances are still alive and present in popular culture having evolved into break dancing, popping, locking, krumping, etc.
Looking back into the past we catch glimpses of the future.
- Peter LaBier