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Fred Astaire vs Gene Kelly Part Two

Posted by Jen on Tuesday, 17 July, 2007

Okay. I finally found the one video to decide who is the better dancer – Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly.


On second thought, I can’t decide. They’re both superb.


5 Responses to “Fred Astaire vs Gene Kelly Part Two”

  1. Riccardo Bono said

    They were best of friends in life…and respected each other immensely. Their styles were different….Astaire being the older and more innovative of the two. But boy could they dance! It’s much too pat to say that Kelly had dance ideas and Astaire had dance steps…but it’s a starting point to understand their respective contributions.

    It’s also fair to say that Kelly never had a partner who worked quite so very well with him, as Fred did with Ginger Rogers.

  2. Dan said

    Who’s better? That’s like choosing between apples and oranges. They’re both good yet different. Why pick, just enjoy them both and relish the differences in their styles like they did.

  3. Editor said

    Yes, I agree, they were both absolutely superb.

    If I HAD to choose, I guess I’d give a slight edge to Fred Astaire ONLY because of that “Dancing in the Dark” segment with Cyd Charisse in “The Band Wagon.” It’s not the most innovative routine by any means, but taken as a whole, it’s totally beautiful.

  4. Editor said

    “It’s also fair to say that Kelly never had a partner who worked quite so very well with him, as Fred did with Ginger Rogers.”

    Also true. As much time as I’ve spent watching Fred and Ginger in slow motion, I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a mis-step by Ginger.

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