Nothing says “Soul Train” like the iconic Soul Train Dancers.
Actress Rosie Perez, former Shalamar singers Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel, and the late actor, Fred Berry Jr. are all stars who got their start as a Soul Train Dancer.
Watley was on hand for the taping of the 2012 Soul Train Awards at Planet Hollywood Live in Las Vegas to introduce a new crop of dancers to pay homage to the legendary “Soul Train” dancers in a music medley.
The Soul Train Awards are hosted by Cedric The Entertainer and features performances by Stevie Wonder, Eddie Levert, Charlie Wilson, Leah Labelle, Tyrese, Tank, Ginuwine, Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton, Miguel, Marcus Canty, Keyshia Cole, Elle Varner, New Edition, John Legend, 2 Chainz and Ne-Yo.
The “Soul Train” television show aired in syndication for 35 years from 1971 until it ended production in 2006.
The franchise was created by Don Cornelius, who was inspired by the success of Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and set out to launch a similar program to spotlight black music and culture. Cornelius died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on February 1, 2012.
“Soul Train” was a huge success and ran for three and a half decades.
The Soul Train Awards launched in 1987.
VIDEO: Watch this performance by the Soul Train Dancers at the 2012 Soul Train Awards.