In the memoir, “River of January,” Helen, a beautiful and talented dancer, set sail in 1936 to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She eagerly looked forward to a two week performance at the famed Copacabana Hotel, with an additional two week option to play in Buenos Aires.
On her sheet music for the number, Goody Goody–one of the many songs prepared for this engagement–Helen penciled in her dance steps among the musical notes and rests.
No film survives of Helen Thompson’s April, 1936 performances in South America, but I found this little gem from the same year. (Personal point . . . I think Helen was a better dancer than the girl in this clip).
Gail Chumbley is the author of River of January and River of January: Figure Eight and on Amazon.com.