Charles "Cholly" Atkins

Charles "Cholly" Atkins

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dancer, Choreographer 
BMHOF Class of 1999


Charles "Cholly" Atkins was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Induction Ceremony that took place on Thursday, October 28, 1999.

Mr. Atkins was born in Birmingham Alabama and raised in Buffalo New York. By the time we was 16 he had a job as a singing waiter and when he was 20 he was one half of a song and dance team. 

Moving to New York City, he was a choreographer and dancer with the Cotton Club Boys in Cab Calloway's Review at the Apollo Theatre. Through the 50's he toured with everyone, including: Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Billy Eckstein and Johnny Otis. 

From 1965 to 1971 he was vocal Choreographer for Motown Records. Here he earned a place in Rock History by choreographing and directing the stage shows for The Cadillacs, Shirelles, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the O'Jays, temptations and Aretha Franklin. All the dance steps you saw were conceived and perfected by Cholly Atkins. 

Cholly Atkins died on Saturday, April 19, 2003 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. 
 
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