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Been Rich All My Life
A film by Heather Lyn MacDonald

80 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2006

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"I'm going to dance, dance, dance til I can't dance no more!" - Bertye Lou Wood (age 96)

Meet the Silver Belles, five tap dancers who performed in 1930’s Harlem at the famed Apollo and Cotton Club, with legendary band leaders like Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. They have rich stories to tell about the history they made during the Harlem Renaissance, illuminated by a treasure trove of archival film and photos. Together again after a few decades hiatus, they're dancing to standing ovations - as sassy as they ever were!

Update: Silver Belle Bertye Lou Wood died during filming of the documentary in 2006, at the age of 96. Marion Coles passed away in 2009, aged 94. Cleo Hayes died in 2012 at the age of 97. Elaine Ellis and Fay Ray both passed away in 2013, aged 96 and 94, respectively. All five did, in fact, dance til they couldn't dance no more. Rest in peace, ladies.


"THRILLING! The Silver Belles are bold, brash and gorgeous."- Village Voice

"MARVELOUS! A real treasure." - The New Yorker

"Fabulous heroines, extraordinary energy...they charm!" - New York Daily News

"TRULY ASTOUNDING, awe-inspiring and delightful!" - New York Sun

" ENCHANTING!" - Kam Williams, BlackNews.com

"Charming subjects & a fine sense of history. RECOMMENDED!" - New York Magazine

"Never mind the rockettes! See this beautiful movie." - Savion Glover

Recommended Reading

TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955 by Rusty Frank

Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History by Constance Valis Hill


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Disc Features

●  Dance Class: Learn the Shim Sham Shimmy
●  Interview with Director
●  Original Music Tracks
●  Photo Gallery

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