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November 05, 2015

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My favorite movie dance is Fred Astaire's Bo Jangles of Harlem number in Swing Time. He's paying homage to the famous and brilliant Bill Robinson. The choreography is brilliant. Astaire is unstoppable, he seems to barely touch the dance floor, and this at the end of roughly ten minutes of grueling energetic dancing! I think his use of the shadows is among early special-effects. And a few years ago I saw his influence on Mark Morris, in a dance where the male dancer partners with a row of twenty or so females, one behind the other. There's a lot to say about "Bojangles." Find it on youtube and then find a clip of Bill Robinson and you will see how Astaire is paying tribute.

David.You make my grey skies blue. These songs make up the fabric of my life--
the beautiful illusions that are there for our taking. I cry when I hear any one of them because they're the dreams we're left with.

I'll just do one riposte, David: Your list of great dance moments (except for America) generally skews to the individual performer rather than the group. I'd add the three couple dance in On the Town and, especially, the barn-raising sequence from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

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