Dance moments from the past

I love to look back at great moments of dance, don’t you? I came across these videos from the 1940s and thought you would enjoy them too.

Jitterbug and Jive

We begin with a video showing first the Jitterbug and then the Jive which dance teacher presenter, Josephine Bradley, describes in the film as having evolved from the Jitterbug.“>Introduction of Jive to UK in the 1940s.

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire

Now here’s a wonderful moment where two dance giants of motion pictures, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire perform a comedy song and dance number in the film Zeigfeld Follies. Apparently this was the only time that Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire appeared on screen together, in their prime.“>The Babbitt and the Bromide

Eleanor Powell

Fascinatin’ Rhythm from the 1941 film, Lady Be Good, shows the tremendous tap dancing talents of Eleanor Powell. Her turns are pretty awesome too.“>Fascinatin’ Rhythm

I hope you enjoyed watching these video clips. I will look for some others to post from time to time.

Rita Hayworth – Stayin’ Alive

I received this link to a wonderful edited video that is so cleverly put together. It just goes to show that modern music and dancing greats from the past go together beautifully. Sit back and enjoy watching Rita Hayworth from the 1940s dancing with Fred Astaire and other great dancers of the 1940s and dancers of the mid 1970s. It is all brilliantly edited to the rhythms and lyrics of the Bee Gees music – we can learn a thing or two about timing and musicality here. Enjoy.

Rita Hayworth – Stayin’ Alive


Tap – Light and Shade and Safe Dance Practice

I love listening to a tap dancer with lots of light and shade to the sounds made by their feet. It makes for interesting sounds and demonstrates that the dancer has control over the sounds they make. If all the tapping sounds the same then the interest that the sounds offer to the listener is so much less. Light and shade gives the sound of tap a crispness of quality and the wow factor.

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