Snail's Postcard Post

Gotta Dance

Born August 23, 1912, (d. 1996), today would be Gene Kelly’s 100th birthday! 

Here in the U.S., the Turner Classic Movie channel is running a marathon of Kelly’s films, along with commentary and such. Christopher Walken (a trained dancer himself) shared a very interesting part of Kelly’s magic, which I keep thinking about. Though non-dancers assume that what makes great dancers is their ability to be right on beat with the music, Walken said that, really, great dancers are always a little ahead of the beat, so it looks like they’re making the music happen. This rings so true of Kelly’s highly animated style.    

Here’s a wide array of dance postcards in honor of the great stage and screen dancer/choreographer/director’s versatility and panache.

 Much as Christopher Walken said, note the George Balanchine quote in the corner. 

Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon.

on the back…
Dancers on the island of Poluwat in Micronesia. This is part of a series of beautiful postcards Grandpa Snail brought back from Micronesia in the 1980’s. To see them all, check out the post titled “The Micronesia Collection.”


Postcard Mama Snail drew of a flamenco performance in Seville, Spain. For more of her Sevilla illustrations, and other postcards from Spain, check out the post titled “¡España!”

For more of the pretty and exotic postcards from Uncle Jer’s, see the post called “Clothes Horse.”






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