Friday, August 22, 2008

Famous Russian Dancers

Anna Pavlova (1881-1931)

Anna Pavlova dances in the 1920s

Famous Russian ballerina Nadezhda Pavlova dances in 1973

Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990)

Sammy Davis Jr (1925-1990) taps to drummers Buddy Rich (1917-1987) & Gene Kruppa (1909-1973) - Dance & Drums

Fashinating Rhythm ... recorded in 1955

Sammy Davis with some FANTASTIC dancers at the Apollo Theater!

Gracie Allen (1895-1964)

George Burns (1896-1996), Gracie Allen & Fred Astaire (1899-1987) in A Damsel In Distress (1937): Stiff Upper Lip

What fun!

Ruby Keeler (1909–1993)

Another famous hoofer was Ruby Keeler (1909-1993)

Marilyn Miller (1898–1936)

Miller was one of the most popular entertainers on broadway. She died at an early age (37) from complications following surgery on her nasal passages.

Here's her famous Russian dance from 1929!

Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers is such a lady!

Fred Astaire Ginger Rogers play the famous pre-World War I dancing couple Vernon & Irene Castle. Apparently, Mrs. Castle was on the set to help make the dancing as accurate as possible!

This clip shows how Vern & Irene Castle played to sell out crowds and influenced the USA, North America, and Europe!

This clip is from Barkleys of Broadway

Gene Kelly & Donald O'Connor

Gene Kelly & Donald O'Connor in Moses Supposes were a hit with my daughters, especially when learning phonics!

Gene Kelly & Donald O'Connor in Fit As A Fiddle