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Dorothy Dandridge and Nicholas Brothers dancing to Chattanooga Choo Choo  I grew up watching all these movies. Love the Swing!!

Dorothy Dandridge & Nicholas Brothers in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade performing Chattanooga Choo Choo with Glenn Miller.

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Joan Myers Brown *she made history as one of the first black dancers in a white company* Opened the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, founded the Philadelphia Dance Company and co-founder of the Coalitions for African American Cultural Organizations.

Dorothy Dandridge Dancing on a Night Club Dance Floor  December 1951  LIFE magazine

Dorothy Dandridge, Dancing on a Night Club Dance Floor - December 1951 - LIFE magazine - Photo by Edward Clark

Dorothy Dandridge was born 92 years ago today in Cleveland, Ohio. You know I’m having an off (quiet!) Sunday if it takes me this long to put her up - but here she is in one of my favorite photos from my book, Vintage Black Glamour. I saw this picture in the Schomburg library at least ten years ago and KNEW it had to be in my book: Ms. Dandridge taking a dance lesson in the 1950s with Russian-born dance instructor Olga Lunick in Hollywood.

dorothydandridge: “Dorothy Dandridge with dance instructor Olga Lunick, circa Dorothy studied modern dance and ballet with Olga.

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Dorothy Dandridge rehearsing with composer, arranger and vocal coach extraordinaire Phil Moore in March Mr. Moore also coached, arranged and/or wrote songs for Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra,.