Hoofer Awards

The annual Hoofer Award recognizes prominent tap artists as leaders in the community

for their unique contribution to the form and for inspiring future generations.


2004 - Ernest “Brownie” Brown began to dance professionally as a child. With longtime partner, Charles Cookie Cook, he was half of the celebrated vaudeville duo Cook and Brown. During the 1930’s and 1940’s, Mr. Brown headlined at New York’s Roxie, Radio City Music Hall, the Cotton Club, at London’s Palladium and the Latin Casino in Paris. Broadway veteran of “Kiss me Kate,” Brownie was a member of “The Original Copasetics.” Mr. Brown danced with his partner and protégé Reginald “The Hoofer” McLaughlin up until his death; they appear on a tap documentary called “JUBA – Masters of Tap.”

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