was signed by RKO despite a screen test result that said
"Can't act. Can't sing. Balding. Can dance a
little." He began his highly successful partnership
with Ginger Rogers in 1933. He founded the Fred Astaire
Dance Studios in 1945.
began dancing and choreographing ballets in Russia at an
early age. He immigrated to America in 1933, and went on
to help found the School of American Ballet and the New
York City Ballet.
founded the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1926. Her
company helped groom a number of other well-known dancers
and choreographers, including Alvin Ailey and Twyla
Tharp. As a choreographer, she was responsible for 118
ballets, many of which were set to contemporary music and
portrayed great women of history and mythology.
was a shy and awkward child, but found that he had a
talent for dancing that made him a sought after dance
partner. He used that talent, combined with drafting
skills, to create a mail order dance instruction program,
which led to the founding of Arthur Murray dance studios
across the country.
1978 Dance News and Highlights