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The Hoofers Club
133rd b/t 7th Ave. + Lennox Ave.
John Bubbles.(At 18, he was laughed out of Hoofer's Club. Eventually, he became a famous tap dancer.
According to the Hoofers Club
"The Hoofers Club
was an African-American entertainment establishment and dancers club hangout in
, in the early to mid twentieth century. The club was a legendary site of some of the best of
and tap performers, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s. It was located on Harlem's "Swing Street," the stretch of 133rd Street between Lenox and Seventh Avenues known for its music and dance venues. The Hoofer's Club was actually a small room in the back of a comedy club. It was 12 feet by 12 feet and was open 24/7/. Among the tap-dancers who appeared at the club were
and other black tap dance greats.. The Hoofers Club was depicted in
Francis Ford Coppola
The Cotton Club
from 1984. The "
Tree of Hope
," a piece of which is still touched by performers for good luck on the stage of the
, originally stood outside the Hoofers Club and the nearby
For more information on the tree of Hope:
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