You Tube Treasure: One-Legged Tap Dancer!


I can’t even dance with two legs–though I can kick some mean ass, no problem–but take a look at Peg Leg Bates, the tapping sensation who uni-leg-ally danced up a whirlwind that put the amp back in amputee.

The guy–seen here performing the “Harlem Hornpipe” and other routines in a wacky compilation clip–did even more with adversity than the Diving Bell and the Butterfly dude who blinked out his memoirs. What a talent. Turns out he did have a leg to stand on!

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 16, 2009

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