Power and Grace

“I think dancing is a man’s game and if he does it well
he does it better than a woman.”
Gene Kelly

Power and Grace

Alek Skarlatos with pro partner Lindsay Arnold on DWTS.

If you follow my blog you know how I love dance and enjoy watching Dancing With The Stars. This season the show has Alek Skarlatos as a contestant. For those of you who don’t watch DWTS, Alek Skarlatos is an Army National Guardsman and happens to be one of three Americans who overpowered a gunman on a European train in August 2015.

Skarlatos and the other two men received the Soldier’s Medal and Airman’s Medal awards for their bravery. These are the highest awards given to service members who perform heroic acts in non-combat situations. France also honored all three men with its Legion of Honor Award.

If you haven’t had a chance to see this years DWTS show, check it out. What I like most about Mr. Skarlatos dancing isn’t so much his style, but his pure strength when he dances. He might not be the most seasoned dancer, but what he lacks in professional skill he makes up in power and grace.

Shine On

Shut Up and Dance

“The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music,
and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable.
Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.”
Charles Baudelaire

I’m sure most of you have seen this on YouTube.
But, if you missed it, I thought I’d share this
well-edited dance video. It’s a compilation of
some great movie dance scenes to the ever
popular song, Shut Up and Dance.

Shine On

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVJu9AMJJr4&feature=youtu.be

Pure Gene Kelly Perfection

“I’d studied dance in Chicago every summer end
taught it all winter, and I was well-rounded.
I wasn’t worried about getting a job on Broadway.
In fact, I got one the first week.”
Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly

He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks, and the charming characters he played on-screen. To me he was all of these adjectives and more. He had more charisma in his little pinky than any of his contemporaries.

Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly was born August 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was just eight, when his mother enrolled him and his brother James in dance classes.

He graduated from High School at age sixteen and went on to college, majoring in journalism. But the 1929 crash forced him to work to help his family. He created dance routines with his younger brother Fred to earn prize money in local talent contests. They also performed in local nightclubs.

The family fell on hard times, so to make ends meet, his mother suggested the family open a dance studio. The Gene Kelly Studio of the Dance became quite successful which enabled Kelly to give Broadway a try. His big break came in 1939 when he danced and did his own choreography in, The Time of Your Life.

Shortly after his success on Broadway, Kelly left New York and headed for Hollywood. It didn’t take long for him to land his first part in 1942 in the motion picture, For Me and My Gal starring Judy Garland. After that, it was one successful dance movie after another. He did do a few serious movies, such as his portrayal of the character Hornbeck in the 1960 movie, Inherit the Wind.

I have several favorite Gene Kelly movies, but if I had to pick just one I’d have to pick his 1964 musical comedy/romance, What a Way To Go. This movie had an all star cast which included, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Robert Cummings and Dick Van Dyke. He performs a dance routine with Shirley MacLaine which he choreographed that is pure Gene Kelly perfection.

Shine On