From Victoria Times-Colonist:
African-American tap dancing legend Jeni LeGon dies in Vancouver at age 96
The Canadian Press December 10, 2012
Jeni Legon at 90, photographed here at home with some of the mementos of her long career. The ontemporary of Bill Robinson and Fats Waller was be honoured Oct. 29, 2006 by the National Congress of Black Women.
Photograph by: Ian Lindsay, Vancouver Sun
VANCOUVER - An African-American tap dancing legend and long-time Vancouver resident has died.
Jeni LeGon died Friday at age 96, according to Vancouver journalist James Oakes, who is a neighbour of the woman's partner Frank Clavin.
The American Tap Dance Foundation says LeGon was one of the first African-American women to develop a career as a tap soloist — and she wore pants when all the other female dancers were sporting skirts.
LeGon was born in Chicago and landed her first job in musical theatre at age 13, the start of a career that brought her to Los Angeles, London and New York.
She played several leading roles in films, toured with the U.S. Army and performed in clubs and theatres internationally, performing with stars like dancer Bill Robinson and jazz pianist Fats Waller....
Much more on Jeni here.
My condolences to Frank and all who love Jeni. Keep on dancing, Jeni.....
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