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In Class Act, Cholly Atkins’ autobiography, the prolific dancer and choreographer details a story that largely mirrors that of American dance and music in the 20th century. Atkins has done everything—from tap and jazz dance, to serving as a drum major, to his collaboration with Honi Coles, to his years as house choreographer for Motown. Really, how many people can boast of having worked with both Cab Calloway and New Kids on the Block—let alone having spent a combined 102 years as choreographer for the Temptations, the O’Jays, and Gladys Knight (with and without the Pips)? Atkins’ pop-era choreography for dancing vocal groups such as those listed above has, as it says in the book, helped “preserve and recycle much of the vocabulary of classic jazz dance, including some tap.” In his epilogue, Atkins, now in his late 80s, writes, “I can’t travel as fast as I used to, but I’m still rolling.” He’ll stop long enough to discuss and sign his book tonight at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Coolidge Auditorium, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5502. (Joe Dempsey)