The Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer
Tap Experience

May 26-28, 2007

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This past workshop in the Tradition In Tap - Series
was dedicated to the work of 'Tap Giant':
Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer

The Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer Tap Experience The Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer Tap Experience
Photo credit: Melba Huber ©





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Participants Showcase - Program
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Workshop Faculty
Workshop Description





This Exciting Tap Workshop Included:

  • Original Choreography created and taught by the 'Master' himself.
  • Honorary Master Classes by leading tap artists.
  • Participants Showcase.
  • Tradition In Tap - Award Ceremony.
  • Tap History Talks.
  • Video Presentation.
  • Tap Technique.
  • 'Dance Teacher Recognizes' certificate (For Teachers Only).
  • Special Program for Young Tappers.





  • Stump & Stumpy
    Stump & Stumpy
    James 'Stump' Cross and Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer, New York City 1947





    About:

    Born in New York City, Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer began his career as a tap dancer on roller skates at the Hudson Guild in the Chelsea district of Hell's Kitchen. His twin sister (Hattie) expressed little or no desire to join Dr. Harold in his theatrical endeavors.

    His family moved to Harlem in the early 1960's where he continued his education in reading, writing, arithmetic and rhythm tap. He performed at night in Julie Podell's Kit Kat Club on East 55th Street, and attended Cooper Junior High School by day.

    Dr. Cromer tossed away his roller skates when Cole Porter and B. G. De Sylva signed him to appear on Broadway in 'Du Barry Was A Lady', with Bert Lahr, Ethel Merman and Betty Grable. Miss Merman sang 'Do I Love You', and Dr. Harold danced. Following the long run, Miss Merman was to star in 'Panama Hattie' and was later replaced by Gypsy Rose Lee as Madame 'Du Barry'. Once again, Gypsy sang and Dr. Harold danced.

    Following a long road tour, Dr. Harold returned to Broadway in Richard Kollmar's production of 'Early To Bed', with music by Fats Waller, book and lyrics by George Marion Jr., starring Carl Brisson and Muriel Angelus at the Broadhurst Theater in 1943.

    Dr. Harold is certainly no stranger to Vaudeville, night clubs, movies and television, as a member of the well known song and dance comedy team of 'Stump and Stumpy' with James Cross. They appeared in the leading theaters and night clubs throughout the United States in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as in Canada and Europe. To mention a few: The Cotton Club, Copacabana, The Riviera - with Duke Ellington, The Desert Inn - with Ted Lewis in Las Vegas and Hollywood, The Paramount - with Frank Sinatra, The Strand Theater - with Billie Holiday and Count Basie, toured with Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, The Ink Spots, Stan Kenton, Sophie Tucker and many other well known celebrities.

    Dr. Harold kept apace with the changing times when he became the Master of Ceremonies to Rock & Roll's 'The Biggest Show of Stars' in the late 1950's, introducing Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Paul Anka, Bobby Darin, Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, Chuck Berry and Cliff Richards (England's challenge to Elvis Presley), Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

    Dr. Cromer returned to Broadway in 1978 in Lee Theodore's 'The American Dance Machine' as a guest soloist and on tour to many cities in the U.S.A. and Japan. More recently, he concluded a successful engagement in London, England at the Adelphi Theater in 1982.

    Dr. Harold received his Living Treasure in American Dance Award in 1996. It was presented to him on behalf of the School of American Dance & Arts Management by Oklahoma City University graduate, and now Tony Award winner, Kristin Chenoweth.

    For the past fifty years, Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer has performed as a song-and-dance man and impressionist in the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, Holland, Austria, Italy, Japan, Cuba and Mexico, and on special occasions as a roller skating tap dancer.






    At the 15th St. Louis Tap Festival - Summer 2006
    Photo credit: Melba Huber ©
    At the 15th St. Louis Tap Festival - Summer 2006
    Front L to R: Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer, Dr. Prince Spencer, Dr. Jimmy Slyde
    Back L to R: Prof. Robert L. Reed, Melba Huber, Avi Miller & Ofer Ben





    Resources:
    More about Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer can be found at:



    Leading the Jam at Swing 46


    Leading the Jam at Swing 46
    Leading the Jam at Swing 46 in New York City





    Workshop Faculty:
    Click on a name for extended bio and pictures


    The Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer Tap Experience
  • Ofer Ben
  • Ayodele Casel
  • Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer
  • Barbara Duffy
  • Melba Huber
  • Avi Miller
  • Andrew Nemr
  • Prof. Robert L. Reed
  • Sarah Reich
  • Germaine Salsberg
  • Jason Samuels-Smith
  • Randy Skinner
  • Prof. Hank Smith
  • Shea Sullivan






  • Workshop Description:
    The Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer Tap Experience,
    an intensive weekend of exciting events, included:

    Tap Course:
    With:
    Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer & Sarah Reich
    • Original Choreography: Rhythm Is My Business
      Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer, assisted by Sarah Reich, taught an original routine named 'Rhythm Is My Business'. This routine is part of Dr. Cromer's repertory, and was taught in whole.


    Honorary Tap Master Classes:
    With:
    Ayodele Casel, Barbara Duffy, Andrew Nemr,
    Prof. Robert L. Reed, Jason Samuels-Smith &
    Randy Skinner

      Six leading tap artists taught reflections on Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer's legacy through their personal work. Each drew on Cromer's influence and contribution to his / her own career.


    Tradition In Tap - Award Ceremony:
    With:
    Tradition In Tap - Committee Members
      ... presented Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer with the Tradition In Tap Award for: "Outstanding Achievements & Significant Contribution To The Tradition And Art Of Tap Dance".


    Tap History Talks:
    With:
    Melba Huber
      Melba Huber is one of a few tap historians who write about the history of tap and the many artists who play / played important roles in it's development & growth. She led the emotional 'Tap History Talks' while interviewing Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer, while adding her own personal input.


    Video Presentation:
    With:
    Prof. Hank Smith
      Hank Smith is a well known tap dancer, and collector of video & movie clips. He has an extensive library of material starting from the early days of tap dance. Hank presented some clips of Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer on film and video.


    Tap Exercises:
    With:
    Germaine Salsberg, Shea Sullivan, Avi Miller & Ofer Ben
      Warm-up for each day will be with Germaine Salsberg, Shea Sullivan, Avi Miller & Ofer Ben, who led morning tap drills - each with his/her own unique teaching style.


    Participants Showcase:
    With:
    Germaine Salsberg
      A happy event concluded the first day of classes in this exciting Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer Tap Experience. Germaine Salsberg emceed an informal Participants Showcase at Peter Norton Symphony Space - Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater in the presence of the 'Master Himself', Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer.






    Sarah 'Sour' Reich with Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer
    At the LA Tap Festival
    L to R: Reggio 'The Hoofer' McLaughlin, Jason Samuels-Smith,
    Ernest 'Brownie' Brown & Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer



    Sarah 'Sour' Reich with Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer
    Sarah Reich with Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer






    Receiving the 'Flo-Bert' award - Tap Extravaganza 2005


    Receiving the 'Flo-Bert' award - Tap Extravaganza 2005
    Receiving the 'Flo-Bert' award - Tap Extravaganza 2005





    L to R: Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer, Megan Haungs, Frankie Manning, Michael 'Toes' Tiranoff & Prof. Hank Smith
    L to R: Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer, Megan Haungs, Frankie Manning,
    Michael 'Toes' Tiranoff & Prof. Hank Smith


    L to R: Frank Owens, Mable Lee & Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer
    L to R: Frank Owens, Mable Lee & Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer


    L to R: Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer & Jane Goldberg
    L to R: Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer & Jane Goldberg
    performing at The Cook & Brown Tap Experience


    L to R: Cholly Atkins & Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer
    L to R: Cholly Atkins & Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer





    L to R: Prof. Clare O'Donnell & Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer
    L to R: Prof. Clare O'Donnell & Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer


    O'D n'Tap with Maurice Hines & Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer
    O'D n'Tap with Maurice Hines & Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer





    L to R: Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer & Michele Ribble
    L to R: Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer & Michele Ribble


    Panel Discussion at The New York City Tap Festival 2002
    Panel Discussion at The New York City Tap Festival 2002





    Stump & Stumpy
    Stump & Stumpy
    James 'Stump' Cross and Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer, New York City 1947