An interview with Buddy Bradley from a Jack Buchanan scrapbook

An interview with Buddy Bradley from a Jack Buchanan scrapbook

This 1936 newspaper cutting comes from Jack Buchanan's scrapbooks which record his career. Buchanan was one of Buddy Bradley's pupils. Great dance teachers are rarer than great performers but are often unknown outside the dance world. British dance's debt to teacher and choreographer Buddy Bradley is huge. He brought American attack and professionalism to English dance in 1930s musicals. The list of stars who worked with him, either training or working out their routines, is breathtaking. In England, besides Buchanan, they included Jessie Matthews, Anna Neagle, Jack Hulbert, and Elsie Randolph and in America, Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell. This rare article gives an insight into his teaching and an idea of the respect in which he was held within the profession.