lunedì 5 dicembre 2011

Léonide Massine

One of the greatest ballet dancers and choreographers ever(Moscow,27 or 28 July,or 9 August,1895 or 1896 - Borken,15 March 1979).Librettist.
Dancer and choreographer:Ballets Russes,Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo,his company,Cinema.
Guest dancer and choreographer:American Ballet Theatre,The Sadler's Wells Ballet,The Royal Danish Ballet,The Cologne State Opera Ballet,The Vienna Opera Ballet,La Scala in Milan,The Paris Opera,Opera Comique,Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires,Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro,Joffrey Ballet,and others.
Filmography:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0557441/

Final part of the wonderful ballet movie "Spanish Fiesta"(1942,19 min) danced and choreographed by Massine.With Tamara Toumanova,Alexandra Danilova,Frederic Franklin,Nathalie Krassovska,
Andre Eglevsky and the ensemble(Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo).
Music by Rimsky-Korsakov(Capriccio espagnole).



Rumba Bomba
Amazing dance number which mixes Ballet and hispanic folklore,created by Léonide Massine and danced by Massine himself with Vera Ellen.From "Carnival in Costa Rica"(FOX,1947).


 
The beautiful "The Red Shoes"(1948),danced and choreographed by Massine and Robert Helpmann.Starring Moira Shearer.



The Gay Parisian(Warner,1941).
Another great ballet movie danced and choreographed by Léonide Massine.Starring Frederic Franklin,Milada Mladova,Igor Youskevitch,Nathalie Krassovska,Andre Eglevsky,Lubov Roudenko,
Casimir Kokitch,James Starbuck and the ensemble(Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo).Music by Jacques Offenbach.
                                                                                                                                          
Vera Ellen and chorus in "Wedding Dance",the other dance number of  "Carnival in Costa Rica".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nwK1okPJCk

Luck Be a Lady

The memorable gamblers' ballet in "Guys and Dolls"(MGM,1955).Choreography by Michael Kidd and music by Frank Loesser.

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Silk Stockings(MGM,1957)

Fred Astaire,Cyd Charisse,Cole Porter,Hermes Pan,Eugene Loring,Rouben Mamoulian,MGM:one of the greatest musicals in the history.

"Fated to Be Mated".
Memorable modern and Jazz dance number performed by Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.



"Red Blues".
Aaahhh,another incredible modern and Jazz dance number,performed by Cyd Charisse.



"All of You".
Beautiful modern dance number performed by Astaire and Charisse.



"The Ritz Roll and Rock".
Delightful dance number performed by Fred and chorus.


Gene Nelson

Unforgettable dancer(Theater,movies,TV).Actor,choreographer and director.
Seattle,24 March 1920 - Los Angeles,16 September 1996.
Filmography:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0625383/
Broadway:http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=54374

"A Farm Off Old Broadway".
Great Tap solo from "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady"(Warner,1950).
https://www.facebook.com/GeneNels0n/videos/vb.1289077

"I'll Be Loving You".
Delightful dance duet with Virginia Mayo in "She's Working Her Way Through College"(Warner,1952).Choreography by LeRoy Prinz.



"What Is This Thing Called Love?".
With Janice Rule in a very nice dance number in spanish style to music by Cole Porter.From "Starlift"(Warner,1951).Choreography by LeRoy Prinz.



"This Is the Finale".
Excellent Tap solo in "The West Point Story"(Warner,1950).Choreography by Nelson himself and
LeRoy Prinz.



"Looking for Someone to Love".
With Pat Horn in a great modern dance number created by he himself and Lee Scott.From
"So This Is Paris"(Universal,1955).
                                                                                                                       
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"Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with Me".
Great Tap number performed by Gene Nelson,Virginia Mayo and Virginia Gibson in
"Painting the Clouds with Sunshine"(Warner,1951).Staged by LeRoy Prinz,with music by
Joseph Burke.



"The Toy Trumpet".
Beautiful Tap number in "The West Point Story"(Warner,1950).Music by Raymond Scott.



"Crazy Rhythm".
Beautiful dance number from "Tea for Two"(Warner,1950).The choreography is by Nelson with the assistance of LeRoy Prinz,and the music is by Roger Wolfe Kahn and Joseph Meyer.

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Beale Street Blues

Amazing Jazz dance number performed by Gwen Verdon,Marc Wilder,Matt Mattox and dancers.Choreography by the great Jack Cole.From "The I Don't Care Girl"(FOX,1953).

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The Gal with the Yaller Shoes

Cyd Charisse,Dan Dailey and dancers(Marc Wilder,Dickie Humphreys,Buddy Spencer etc.) in
"Meet Me in Las Vegas"(MGM,1956).Beautiful,very original choreography by Hermes Pan.Music by Nicholas Brodszky and lyrics by Sammy Cahn.

DREAM BALLET(based on "Let's Do It" and "All Through the Night").

Beautiful ballet by Roland Petit set to music by Cole Porter,danced by Zizi Jeanmaire,Marc Wilder,Buzz Miller and chorus in "Anything Goes"(Paramount,1956).

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Not Since Nineveh

Masterpiece dance number created by Jack Cole and performed by Jack Dodds,Marc Wilder,
Reiko Sato,Patricia Dunn and Wonci Lui in "Kismet"(MGM,1955).

Adam and Eve

Shirley MacLaine,Marc Wilder,Juliet Prowse and chorus:beautiful modern dance number created by Hermes Pan to music by Cole Porter for the movie "Can-Can"(Fox,1960).

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sabato 3 dicembre 2011

The Johnson Rag

Extraordinary,delightful dance number created by Jack Cole and performed by Mitzi Gaynor,
Matt Mattox and Nick Navarro in "The I Don't Care Girl"(FOX,1953).Music and lyrics by Jack Lawrence,Guy H.Hall and Henry Kleinkauf.

domenica 27 novembre 2011

The Tina Lina

Sublime modern dance number created by Eugene Loring and performed by James Mitchell and
Rita Moreno.From "The Toast of New Orleans"(MGM,1950).
                                                                                                                                           

It

Memorable,wonderful Tap dance number,in my opinion the best Tap number by Ann Miller.From the movie "Deep in My Heart"(MGM-1954),directed by Stanley Donen.Music by Sigmund Romberg and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto A.Harbach.

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venerdì 28 ottobre 2011

Dancing

Beautiful modern dance number created by Michael Kidd and performed by chorus dancers in
"Hello,Dolly!"(FOX,1969).Among the male dancers,the famous Tommy Tune(6' 6½"-1.99 m!).
Direction by Gene Kelly and music by Jerry Herman.

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Royal Wedding(MGM,1951)

Nice musical with a cool four memorable musical numbers created by Fred Astaire and Nick Castle.Direction by Stanley Donen.

"You're All the World to Me".
Very original dance number performed by Fred Astaire on the ceilings!

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"Sunday Jumps".
Terrific solo by Astaire.



"How Could You Believe Me".
Excellent Tap duet performed by Fred and Jane Powell.



"I Left My Hat in Haiti".
Wonderful dance number performed by Fred Astaire,Jane Powell and chorus.

Shakin' the Blues Away

The wonderful Tap solo performed by Ann Miller in "Easter Parade"(MGM,1948).Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin.



I Won't Dance

The first supreme movie Tap solo by Fred Astaire,from the musical "Roberta"(RKO,1935).The choreography by Astaire is with the assistance of Hermes Pan,and the music is by Jerome Kern.

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Slaughter on 10th Avenue

The unforgettable modern ballet created by Gene Kelly and performed by Genius himself and Vera Ellen in "Words and Music"(MGM,1948).Music by Richard Rodgers.

Damn Yankees(Warner,1958)

One of the most beautiful musicals ever.Direction by Stanley Donen and George Abbott,choreographies by Bob-bie Fosse,music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross.

"Heart".
Delightful song number performed by Nathaniel Frey,Russ Brown,James Komack and Albert Linville.



"Who's Got the Pain".
Amazing Mambo Jazz dance performed by Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.Very original.



"Two Lost Souls".
Human heritage! Memorable Jazz dance number performed by the wonderful Gwen and chorus.

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"Whatever Lola Wants".
Gwen Verdon overcomes Tab Hunter.Very nice.

The Young Man with a Horn

Nice song number,one of the best in the movies,performed by June Allyson and Harry James in
"Two Girls and a Sailor"(MGM,1944).Music by George Stoll and lyrics by Ralph Freed.

Give a Girl a Break(MGM,1953)

Great musical characterized by the wonderful choreographies by Gower Champion and direction by Stanley Donen.

"Challenge Dance".
Marge and Gower Champion in the amazing Jazz dance on the rooftops of New York.



"In our United States".
Bob Fosse and Debbie Reynolds in a fine Tap number in Central Park.



"Give a Girl a Break".
The homonymous musical number.Marge Champion,Helen Wood and Debbie Reynolds practice for the audition.
                                                                

                                                                                                                
"Puppet Master Dance".
The great Helen Wood in a delightful dance number which mixes Ballet and Jazz.

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"It Happens Every Time".
Thrilling modern dance number performed by Marge and Gower.
http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/310504/Give-A-Girl-A-Break

Take Me To Broadway

Great Tap solo by Bobby Van in "Small Town Girl"(MGM,1953).Music by Nicholas Brodszky and lyrics by Leo Robin.

Ray Bolger

One of the greatest Tap dancer ever(Theatre,movies,TV).Actor and singer.
10 January 1904,Dorchester - 15 January 1987,Los Angeles.
Filmography:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001961/
Broadway:http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=32422

"Who?".
Terrific Tap number in typical Bolger's style: a rare mix of comic quality and technical skill.From
"Look for the Silver Lining"(Warner,1949).Music by Jerome Kern.

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"I'm Gonna Ring the Bell Tonight".
Beautiful musical number(first part performed with Doris Day) from "April in Paris"(Warner,1952).Music by Vernon Duke.



"Carolina in the Morning".
From "Look for the Silver Lining" again,the other amazing Tap solo.Music by Walter Donaldson.

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"Life Is Such a Pleasure".
The great Tap solo in "April in Paris".

Frankie and Johnny

One of the greatest film musical numbers.Unforgettable Jazz ballet created by Hermes Pan and danced by Cyd Charisse,John Brascia and Liliane Montevecchi in "Meet Me in Las Vegas"(MGM,1956).The song is traditional,here sung by Sammy Davis Jr. with special lyrics by Sammy Cahn.

domenica 11 settembre 2011

Invitation to the Dance(MGM,1956)

The best ballet movie ever,absolutely not to be missed.Conceived,directed,choreographed and performed by Gene Kelly,it won the Berlin Film Festival.It's divided into three parts:"Circus"(modern and Ballet),with Kelly,Igor Youskevitch and Claire Sombert.Music by Jacques Ibert.
"Ring Around the Rosy"(Jazz,Tap,Ballet),the most extraordinary part,starring Genius,Tamara Toumanova,Igor Youskevitch,Claude Bessy,Tommy Rall,Irving Davies and Diana Adams.Music by André Previn.
"Sinbad the Sailor"(modern and Tap),live action and animation,performed by Gene Kelly and David Kasday.Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.


lunedì 5 settembre 2011

You Wonderful You

The legendary Tap solo by Gene Kelly in "Summer Stock"(MGM,1950).Music by Harry Warren.

Mr.Beebe

Terrific Tap number by Harold Nicholas in "Carolina Blues"(Columbia,1944).Music by Jule Styne.

Clap Yo' Hands

Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson,delightful Tap and Jazz dance number in
"Funny Face"(Paramount,1957).Choreography by Astaire himself to music by George Gershwin,
and words by Ira Gershwin.

Alter Ego

The famous,brilliant Tap number by Gene Kelly in "Cover Girl"(Columbia,1944).Music by Jerome Kern.

Begin the Beguine

Memorable big musical number in "Broadway Melody of 1940"(MGM,1940) by Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell.Divided into two parts,dance duet in spanish style and Tap number,to music by Cole Porter.

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Kindergarten Conga

Delightful Tap duet performed by Hermes Pan and Betty Grable in "Moon Over Miami"(Fox 1941).Choreography by Pan himself.He was a genius.Music by Ralph Rainger.

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domenica 4 settembre 2011

"Broadway Melody of 1938" finale

Terrific Tap number by Eleanor Powell in "Broadway Melody of 1938"(MGM,1937).Music by Nacio Herb Brown.

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The Heather on the Hill

Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse in the sublime modern dance number of "Brigadoon"(MGM,1954).The choreography is by Kelly himself to music by Frederick Loewe.



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Thinking of You

Magic dance number in Astaire style choreographed by Fred with Hermes Pan.Vera Ellen is great.From "Three Little Words"(MGM,1950);music and lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.


sabato 3 settembre 2011

Anchors Aweigh(MGM,1945)

Great musical dominated by Gene Kelly,actor,singer and,above all,dancer in three memorable musical numbers choreographed by he himself! Direction by George Sidney.

"La Cumparsita".
Terrific musical number where Gene Kelly mixes his style with Flamenco.Music by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez.



"The King Who Couldn't Dance".
Genius and...Jerry mouse! Beautiful.Music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Arthur Freed.



"The Mexican Hat Dance".
Great dance number performed by Gene Kelly and Sharon McManus.Music by Felipe A.Partichela.



"If You Knew Susie".
Good song number performed by Kelly and Sinatra.Music by Joseph Meyer and lyrics by Buddy G.DeSylva.

mercoledì 31 agosto 2011

Flash,Bang,Wallop

Brilliant choreography by Gillian Lynne.Performed by Tommy Steele and chorus in "Half a Sixpence"(Paramount,1967).Music and lyrics by David Heneker.



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domenica 28 agosto 2011

The Band Wagon(MGM,1953)

After "Singin' in the Rain",it's probably the greatest musical ever.Everything is excellent,the direction by Minnelli,the script,scenographies and colors,and above all,obviously,the incomparable ballets and dance numbers performed by Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.The choreographies are by Michael kidd and Astaire himself,music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz.

"A Shine on My Shoes".
Amazing Jazz Dance by Astaire.



"Dancing in the Dark".
Beauty supreme! The incomparable modern dance number performed by Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in Central Park.



"Girl Hunt".
Another masterpiece: Jazz and modern ballet danced by Fred Astaire,Cyd Charisse and chorus.



"Two-Faced Woman".
Cut number! Choreographed by Michael Kidd and performed by Cyd Charisse and chorus.Music by Arthur Schwartz.
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1978093727121

"That's Entertainment".
Good musical number where Fred Astaire,Jack Buchanan,Nanette Fabray and Oscar Levant sing one of the american hymns of the show business.

domenica 21 agosto 2011

venerdì 19 agosto 2011

Dream Ballet(Yolanda and the Thief)

In my opinion,the very best of Fred Astaire,and,of course,one of the top in dance history.Memorable modern ballet in "Yolanda and the Thief"(MGM-1945),choreographed by Astaire himself and Eugene Loring.Lucille Bremer is wonderful.Music by Harry Warren and magic atmospheres by Vincente Minnelli.

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giovedì 7 luglio 2011

Ziegfeld Follies(MGM,1946)

Nice movie directed by Vincente Minnelli with a cool three memorable musical numbers and other good numbers.

"This Heart of Mine".
Superb modern dance number created by Eugene Loring and Fred Astaire and performed by Astaire with Lucille Bremer.Music by Harry Warren.



"The Babbitt and the Bromide".
Essentially,the only work of Fred Astaire with Gene Kelly.A masterpiece danced in two styles to the tune of Gershwin song.



"Limehouse Blues".
Another sublime modern dance number created by Loring and Fred Astaire and performed by Fred and Lucille Bremer.Music by Philip Braham.

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"A Great Lady Has an Interview".
Nice song number performed by Judy Garland and boys.Music and lyrics by Roger Edens and Kay Thompson.

An American in Paris(MGM,1951)

One of the greatest musicals ever.Among other things the final ballet is probably the best ballet or musical number in the movie history.But the film contains other three memorable musical numbers.The choreographies are by Kelly,of course,the direction is by Vincente Minnelli,music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin.

"I Got Rhythm".
Great Tap solo by Gene Kelly.



"An American in Paris".
Probably the greatest.Gene Kelly,Leslie Caron and chorus in this masterpiece incredibly danced in four different styles(Jazz,Modern,Tap,Ballet!!),those kind of things that only these artists in the world can do.



"Our Love Is Here To Stay".
Beautiful modern pas de deux danced by Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.



"Tra-La-La".
The other memorable Tap solo by Gene Kelly.


Top Hat(RKO,1935)

Great Astaire-Rogers musical.Choreography by Fred Astaire himself and Hermes Pan,music by Irving Berlin.

"Isn't This a Lovely Day".
Wonderful Tap duet.

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"Top Hat,White Tie and Tails".
Amazing Tap number performed by Fred Astaire and chorus.

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"The Piccolino".
The other beautiful Tap duet.

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lunedì 4 luglio 2011

The Continental

The first memorable dance number of the movies,performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in
"The Gay Divorcee"(RKO,1934).Choreography by Astaire himself and Hermes Pan.

It's Always Fair Weather(MGM,1955)

Simply one of the five or six greatest musicals ever.Direction by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen,choreography by Kelly himself and music by André Previn.

"Thanks a Lot But No Thanks".
Nice song number performed by Dolores Gray.



"The Binge/Trash Can Dance".
The Tap and modern dance number by Gene Kelly,Michael Kidd and Dan Dailey through the streets of New York.One of the top in the art of dance.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1InfoCfipM

"Baby You Knock Me Out".
The memorable dance number performed by Cyd Charisse with the boxers.



"I Like Myself".
Delightful Tap number on the skates(!) by Gene Kelly.Very original.



"Love Is Nothin' But a Racket".
Beautiful "cut number" by Kelly and Charisse.


Gipsy Dance

Terrific modern dance number created by Hermes Pan and performed by Cyd Charisse in "Sombrero"(MGM,1953).

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Kiss Me Kate(MGM,1953)

Great musical.Direction(by George Sidney) and script are good,scenographies,costumes and colors are beautiful,and the song numbers are nice,but above all,the dance numbers are masterpieces.Music by Cole Porter.

"Tom,Dick or Harry".
Superb Tap Jazz dance performed by Tommy Rall,Ann Miller,Bob Fosse and Bobby Van.Choreography by Hermes Pan.



"From This Moment On".
Incomparable dance number in three styles(Jazz,modern,Tap!) created by Hermes Pan and Bob Fosse and performed by Fosse himself and Carol Haney,Tommy Rall and Ann Miller,Bobby Van and Jeanne Coyne.



"Why Can't You Behave".
The beautiful dance number performed by Tommy Rall and Ann Miller.Choreography by Hermes Pan.

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"Brush Up Your Shakespeare".
Amusing musical number performed by Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore.