One of the current roster of tap dancers who was heavily influenced by him is Marshall Davis, Jr., whom Condos took under his wing when Davis was a young man and you can see in Davis' dance the continuation of what Condos was doing. Last Sunday, Davis hosted a event at a club in the East Village to celebrate Steve Condos. It was called, "Turn Up For Tap" and was not a performance but rather a party just to remember the man. Folks gathered and talked, mingled, and social danced while
Savion Glover handled the DJ job of mixing some music. I didn't stay for the whole time, so don't know if there was any tap, but enjoyed being there and had some nice conversations, particularly with two of the younger dancers there (well they all were young, compared to me!) about the importance of passing on tap history. That was sort of the theme that night. Marshall hosted a bit of a trivia contest about Steve Condos and, while doing that, mentioned names of other veteran performers and he would often say "If you don't know who he/she is, look him/her up or google them." I agree and often say the same thing, make people do some work to find out history and not be spoon fed.
My mantra seems to be, "I'm living in an interesting time". While hanging at the party I was looking at some of the tap dancers of now who were there like, Michelle Dorrance, Kazu Kumagai, Keitaro Hosokawa, Lisa La Touche, Khalid Hill and Yuka Kameda. All of them doing good work, some of who I have worked with and all of whom impress me. I thought of the tap people I got to know, who influenced me like, Tony White, Charles "Cookie" Cook, James "Buster" Brown, Marion Coles and Harold Cromer, most of who were before these younger artists' time. I remember seeing a quite young Savion dancing with Gregory Hines 24 years ago at The Village Gate during a tribute to Steve Condos held a few months after his passing. Sunday's event, for me, was about just being in the spirit of an art form and way of living one's life. Take the time to appreciate whatever is important to you.
Below are two clips of Steve Condos. If you want to know and/or see more on him and The Condos Brothers.....look it up!
Also with Steve Condos.
From the documentary, "About Tap"(1985)