Meet Bill “Bojangles” Robinson! Bojangles was an iconic African-American tap dancer and actor best known for his Broadway performances and film roles. Robinson was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised in its Jackson Ward neighborhood. At the age of five, Robinson began dancing for small change, appearing as a “hoofer” or busker in local beer gardens and in front of theaters for tossed pennies. A promoter saw him performing outside the Globe Theater in Richmond and offered him a job as a “pick” in a local minstrel show.
Bojangles got his start tap dancing the streets of our vey own city and became one the most well known tap dancers of all time!