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Fred Astaire’s Finest Moments – A Screen and Stage Legend

April 20, 2017

Fred Astaire’s Finest Moments – A Screen and Stage Legend

A legend from the past and a man who will undoubtedly continue to be a legend well into the future, but which dance moments are his finest? Although there will always be a difference in opinion regarding which performance was THE best, here are some show-stoppers we believe will forever be classics.

‘Top Hat, White Tie and Tails’ – Top Hat
Widely known as one of Fred’s best amongst fans and critics alike, this stunning piece of choreography produced by Fred himself, is a treat for the eyes, from the synchronized group dance to that impressive tap solo. This performance also maintains the glamour of the era of ‘Top Hat, White Tie and Tails’ and it leaves us not only yearning for more but also reminiscing of a more glamourous period of time.

‘Cheek to Cheek’ – Top Hat
Demonstrating his dominance on the dancefloor Fred shines just as brightly in a tap performance as in ballroom. With sensational dance partner Ginger Rogers, Fred not only dances to the song, but he recorded it too. The song become so iconic it has been covered many times over, by artists such as Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli.

‘Lets Call the Whole Thing Off’ – Shall We Dance
As one of the most celebrated dance pairings to ever grace the screen and stage Fred and Ginger had many memorable performances together. But the pair dancing on roller skates, that is something to remember! The lyrics to the song are still used in modern culture to discuss dialect differences regarding the pronunciation of tomato, potato, either, neither.

‘You Are The World to Me’ – Royal Wedding
Notably one of the most inventive set designs of its day, Fred dances across the floor, walls and ceiling as the room turns but the camera remains static. However, it isn’t the innovative set design which has brought this performance to the attention of Astaire’s admirers but the fluid way he makes it look completely effortless, perhaps a ‘normal’ thing to do, especially as with Fred’s usual filming style, the entire performance was filmed in one single take.

‘Dem Bones Cafe’ – The Band Wagon
Compared to Fred’s usually squeaky clean, fine gentleman image, his role in The Band Wagon brings out his inner ‘bad boy’, breaking away from the Fred Astaire stereotype. With Cyd Charisse as his leading lady the dance couple tell a unique story through their movement without the need for words.

Although this list mentions but a few iconic performances, as with any legend there will always be a multitude of performances worthy as being classed as his finest moments, but we couldn’t list them all. Why not see if your favourite performance made it onto the ‘Remembering Fred’ tour by booking tickets here.

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