Fred Astaire is considered one of the greatest dancers of the twentieth century. There seemed to be no style of dancing that he could not master. An area of his work that is scarcely considered is his amazing ability to adjust his dancing style to the styles and strengths of his partners. This seminar will present examples of his dancing, not only with Ginger Rogers, but with other partners, including Judy Garland, Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, Vera Ellen, and even Gene Kelly. His inventive choreography for – and interaction with – chorus lines will also be discussed. Favorite film clips of his many dances will be featured.
The Astaires by Kathleen Riley, Oxford University Press
Music Makes Me by Todd Decker, University of California Press