My four year old asked for this one daily after we first watched it, and it’s pretty clear as to why — it’s probably about the best dance routine I’ve ever seen. And I’m not the only one who thinks that: Fred Astaire once called this performance “the greatest dance number ever filmed.” Mikhail Baryshnikov said they were “the most amazing dancers I have ever seen in my life — ever,” and “Those guys are perfect examples of pure genius.”
The updated video link now starts with an awesome performance of Jumpin’ Jive by Cab Calloway and his orchestra. The Nicholas Brothers start at 1m30s.
Next, watch how they made Fred Astaire’s famous dance scene in Royal Wedding (1951).