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Thread: Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly

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    eliza88
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    Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly

    Which do you like better and why?

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    Joesitz
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    Re: Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly


    Both were dance driven and with Kelly, he was total package driven - had his hand in everything. Tough guys to work with but the ladies who did were tough, too.

    Choosing one over the other serves no purpose. Enjoy them both.

    Joe

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    eliza88
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    Re: Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly


    Joe--
    I can never choose between them. I absolutely love them both. I was curious to know if others liked one over the other and why...Do the "experts" say one was better than the other?

    I didn't know they were difficult to work with, I am guessing they were both perfectionists.

    eliza88

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    dlksk8fan
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    Re: Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly


    Joe I'm with you. I love both these guys. Kelly for his more athletic dancing and Astaire for his smooth dancing. They were both unique and wonderful dancers and I never miss a movie of theirs when it is on TV. Oh to be able to have danced with Fred or Gene.

    I would have voted but one is not better then the other.

    From what I have read Gene was the tough one to work with, but both were perfectionist.

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    Joesitz
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    Re: Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly


    Ita, One really can't put one over the other. Basically, Gene was tap/ballet and Fred was tap/ballroom, but they both learned to interchange. They had no choice, if Fred broke his ankle Gene had to go in; and visa versa.

    There was something about Fred and Ginger that will always be priceless. They looked like they never rehearsed. She was the consumate follow; he the lead. Watch the dance teams in figure skating. See if you can pick out those who are leading and those who follow. Sometimes it's the ladies leading - not good!. In Pairs too.

    Joe


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    LADSKATER
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    Re: Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly


    I loved Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly both so therefore cannot vote either way. They were both marvelous dancers and each had a different style. I think they can both be appreciated.

    Ladskater

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    sk8ing lady2001
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    Re: Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly


    I like both, of course.

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    dlksk8fan
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    Re: Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly


    If Gene Kelly were a figure skater he would have made a good one. Has anyone seen him in the movie where he roller skates? He seems so natural on the skates.

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    Joesitz
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    Re: Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly


    Indeed, Gene could skate some good edges. I believe, Fred (along with Ginger) also roller skated in one of their movies.

    Joe

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    4dogknight
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    Re: Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly


    Hadda go with Gene. As joe said "This guy is the complete package". Talk about Shirley McLlaine being a triple threat - sing, dance, act; well Gene could do all that and direct, produce and choreograph as well.

    I've always felt that Astaire was a little on the feminine side. I think it was his hand and arm movements. Or maybe body shape. Or it just could have been the time in which he was dancing; foppishness (is that a word?) was in vogue. Always made me feel uncomfortable.

    Kelly seemed so earthy, so strong and masculine.

    Or I could have been influenced by family; my cousin went to Kelly's mother's dance studio in Pittsburgh and danced with Gene for a short time.

    Who impressed me the most; Gene Kelly - the consummate entertainer.

    Here's a link with more information about Kelly:
    www.imdb.com/Name?Kelly,+Gene#actor1940

    4dk

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    eltamina
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    Re: Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly


    Fred Astaire

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