The words spoken by Gene Kelly at the beginning of the film, That’s Dancing, are a real favourite of mine. I have quoted them many times in my work. For me, these few words say so much about dance, its roots, its present and its future. They are inspiring and spoken by a man whose life was dance, dance, dance.
Read or spoken mindfully these words remind us of the dance that is within us. I was delighted to discover the video below, on YouTube, of the opening credits to the film That’s Dancing and if you listen to the very beginning you will hear the dulcet tones of Gene Kelly saying these wonderful words:
Long before the dawn of history, long before he could sing or even speak, man danced. Moving to his own internal rhythms, the pounding of his heart, the beating of his pulse, primitive man discovered dance. It is within us always.
I hope you enjoy these words too.
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.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/45T2uX3BEC0“>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.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/G3lAM_L3jR0“>The Babbitt and the Bromide
Fascinatin’ Rhythm from the 1941 film, Lady Be Good, shows the tremendous tap dancing talents of Eleanor Powell. Her turns are pretty awesome too.
I hope you enjoyed watching these video clips. I will look for some others to post from time to time.
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.