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Cholly Atkins: 1913-2003
Cholly Atkins
Dancer, choreographer

Born: September 30, 1913 in Pratt City, Alabama
Died: April 19, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Dancer and choreographer

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Cholly (Charles) Atkins was a tap dancer who made his initial reputation in the 1930s, and worked with jazz artists like Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton.

He served later as choreographer to the Tamla Motown stable of artists, working out stage moves for the likes of The Supremes, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye.

He won a Tony Award for his work on the Broadway musical Black and Blue in 1988.

JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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