Today's clip is really going to make your jaw drop, followed by smiles and laughing at how insanely awesome this piece of footage is!
I would like to present to you: Sensations of 1945 (1944) starring the famous and sensational tap dancer Eleanor Powell.
Just a little history on Eleanor:
Eleanor Powell was born November 21, 1912 in Springfield, Massachusetts. She was discovered at the age of 11 by Vaudeville Kiddie revue, Gus Edwards, which led to her Broadway career in the 1920's. Her famous tap dancing earned her the title of world champion in tapping. In 1935, she arrived in Hollywood where she starred in MGM musicals, establishing herself as the Queen of tap dancing. She co-starred with many impressive actors, such as Jimmy Stewart, Robert Taylor, Fred Astaire, Nelson Eddy, Robert Young and many more. She was mainly a solo performer and one of the best tap dancers to ever grace the silver screen.
Influenced by the popularity of such tap dancing groups as the Nicholas Brothers and the Berry Brothers, this clip features a truly amazing group of tap dancin' ladies doing splits galore, named the Jumpin' Jive Girls. Most of the clip we see these beautiful ladies jumping and leaping their way across the screen into graceful splits, followed by a scene of Eleanor Powell tap dancing with... yes... you guessed it... a horse.
My favorite part of this clip by far is when she leads the horse around the edge of the circular stage, and the two begin to cakewalk in unison at some point. God she was so cool! After the horse exits, Eleanor shows us one of her other specialties (besides dancing with animals) - her ability to do lightening speed spins across the floor with the utmost precision and control!
And now, for your viewing pleasure, be prepared to be awed and amazed at the finale from this movie, Sensations of 1945 (1944)