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.
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!”