Someone wrote on the Internet — see a post on the Moomin Light blog and EDUCAUSE’s Edupage of 28 February 1999:
As for Fred Astaire’s dancing, both George Balanchine and Mikhail Baryshnikov called him the greatest, most original dancer of all time. A perfectionist, Astaire was uninterested in the advice of others, and wrote in his autobiography: “I believe that if you have something in mind in the way of creation, you are certain to come up with inaccurate criticism and damaging if you go around asking for opinions. It is the easiest thing in the world to become discouraged by a well-meant suggestions which may throw you off your original train of thought.” The perfectionism paid off. Movie director Rouben Mamoulian said, “Fred Astaire makes it look easy by only taking the greatest of pains. He works harder than any newcomer. He never lets up. You’d think his entire life and future depended on the outcome of each dance. He keeps at the top because he does the impossible — he improves on perfection.”
Read the rest of the post on Moomin Light. Good stuff.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance, and Ginger Rogers sings, in a clip from “Roberta”. I love how, at about the 5 minute mark, they talk and fight through dance and their feet, and I love the little slide they do when they are done fighting and they go back into closed hold.
HT: Henry S