Don Tomkins and Ruth Love: Juvenile Dance Team

Don Tomkins and Ruth Love, Juvenile Dancers in Vaudeville
Don Tomkins and Ruth Love, Juvenile Dancers in Vaudeville

We learn of the juvenile dance team of Don Tomkins and Ruth Love from the Sobel’s Pictorial History of Vaudeville. Tomkins (1907-1987) is said to have introduced the Varsity Drag to vaudeville audiences in the 1920s.

After the team split, Love danced in the Broadway shows Billie (1928-29) and Show Girl (1929). Tomkins’ Broadway shows included Good News (1927-29), Follow Thru (1929), Ballyhoo of 1930, and Free for All (1931). He was also in the film version of Follow Thru (1930), as well as seven film shorts: Freshman Love (1931), Words and Music (1931), Love Thy Neighbor (1933), Poppin’ the Cork (1933), Art Trouble (1934), The Winnah (1934) and The Love Department (1935). He returned to Broadway one last time with Lucille Ball in The Wildcat (1963).

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