When you think of famous ballroom dancers you probably think of people like the dancing with the stars virtuoso Maksim Chmerkovskiy (who is undoubtedly one of the best of the 21st century thus far), but the dancers of the 20th century laid the groundwork; and did so amazingly!
Here are a few of my favorites that I would like to showcase. Don’t just take my word for it, check them out for yourself!
Fred Astaire: Considered one of the greatest dancers ever, Fred Astaire was, surprisingly, not a born dancer. His parents insisted that he dance with his sister Adele (who danced with him in several of his movies), but his passion was in acting. A vaudeville casting agent wrote a brief not about him that reads, “slightly bald, also dances.”
Talk about the underestimation of the century!
Ginger Rogers: It is hard to talk about Fred Astaire without his often partner in dancing on the silver screen; Ginger Rogers!
Ginger was a natural born dancer with a charming smile, excellent acting ability, and an ability to make everyone her laugh! She starred in several films with Fred, where the two performed some of the greatest ballroom dancing sequences ever filmed; often with just one take! The level of poise, rhythm and grace that Ginger possessed was, as many professional dancers will attest to, was almost supernatural!
Donnie Burns: Considered by many to be the greatest ballroom dancer of all time when it comes to Latin dance, Scottish native Donnie Burns is a master dancer with rhythm and elegance to spare. Burns is called the “Michael Jordan of ballroom dancing,” and is currently the president of the World Dancing Council. Donnie was undefeated in world dance competitions for a concurrent period of 20 years, a feat that has yet to be replicated (if it will ever be).
Join us next time where I will talk about movies that are iconic films that feature ballroom dancing!