Jeni legon posted 14/05/2018 15/05/2018 tapdanceuk jennie may ligon was born in chicago, 1916, and became one of the first african american women in tap dance to develop a career as a soloist. Jeni le gon and gene tierney in sundown (1941) jeni legon (august 14, 1916 – december 7, 2012) was an american dancer, dance instructor, and actress she was one of the first african-american women to establish a solo career in tap. Getting it right with you from double deal, 1939. Legon, jeni (1916–)african-american tap dancer and actress name variations: jeni le gon born aug 14, 1916, in chicago, il trained at mary bruce's school of dance began living with drummer frank clavin, 1975.
Born in 1916 in chicago, jeni le gon trained at mary bruce's school of dancing and performed as a chorus girl, later in vaudeville, from age 16 in . Initiated collection acquisition - tap dancer/film actress jeni legon, 2003 initiated collection acquisition - , pianist, arranger, artistic director, bobby tucker, 2008 initiated collection acquisition - drum set of gene krupa (schinella/hay), 2009. Legon and lane dubbed the 'chocolate princess' she was the fifth child of hector and harriet ligon an attractive african-american female dancer, singer and actress. Jeni legon, a singer and tap dancer who hoofed her way from the south side of chicago to hollywood, where she shared the screen with bill bojangles robinson and cab calloway, and to broadway .
The career of acclaimed tap dancer jeni legon is remarkable not only for her style but also for the ways in which she navigated the racial politics of the 1930s hollywood film industry. Jeni legon is one of the first african american women in tap dance to develop a career as a soloist not a high-heeled dancer in pretty skirts, she was a low-heeled dancer performing toe-stand in pants, and her rigorous combination of flash, acrobatics, and rhythm dancing proved you didn’t have to be a man to dance like a hoofer. Jeni legon, one of the first african american women to establish a solo career in tap dance, is one of the tap dance pioneers in america tap dance originated in the mid 1600’s from scottish and irish laborers brought to the new world.
Jeni legon is one of the first african american women in tap dance to develop a career as a soloist not a high-heeled dancer in pretty skirts, she was a low-heeled dancer performing toe-stand in pants, and. This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, jeni legon, 96, born on august 14, 1916 and passed away on december 7, 2012. Jeni legon tapping into history dr jeni legon is one neat lady, one of the top tap dancers of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, a teacher who loves her students and fun to be around. Jeni legon dancer, actress, and dance instructor jeni legon was born jennie ligon on august 14, 1916 in chicago, illinois later, in london, she learned that she was descended from general henry beauchamp lygon, the 4th earl of beauchamp, through her father, hector ligon, a geechie from the georgia sea islands. Overview of jeni legon: living in a big great way, 1999, directed by grant greschuk, with jeni le gon, at turner classic movies.
On television in the early 1950s, ms legon appeared several times on amos ’n’ andy, but her career was stymied by the racial bias that governed hollywood for much of its history she remained angry for decades at fred astaire, with whom she shared rehearsal space in 1935 but who she said refused to acknowledge her on the set of easter . Jeni le gon was a well-known singer and tap dancer during her time she scuffed her heels from the south side of chicago to hollywood, where she shared the screen with cab calloway and bill “bojangles”. On july, 29, 2004, the historymakers was proud to present an evening with jeni legon in partnership with the illinois humanities council at the museum of contemporary art in chicago, illinois.
Also known as: jennie may ligon, jennie le gon, jenny le gon, jeni le gon, jeni legon dob: august 14, 1916 dod: december 7, 2012 ms legon was a rare female tapper who distinguished herself as a solo performer in the first half of the 20th century. In 2003 jeni was inducted into the smithsonian institution where, with the smithsonian jazz masterworks orchestra, a special presentation was held at the national museum of american history, “jeni legon: tappin‚ at the smithsonian”. Jeni legon of vancouver, canada is a tap dancing legend and the former dance partner of bill robinson, fred astaire and fats waller legon was a pioneer in tap dancing and perhaps the first famous black female dancing soloist unlike the many ladies of the stage, legon wore loose pants and low . A december 2012 tribute to dr jeni legon photo at top from the london independent, autographed to stephen bourne, the author of the obituary and above is my friend cynthia dagnal herself, when she was attending the same dance studio, about 10 and dolled up to look 30.