Hermes Pan

(10 December 1910 – 19 September 1990)

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Hermes Pan was an American dancer and choreographer, principally remembered as Fred Astaire’s choreographic collaborator on the famous 1930s movie musicals starring Astaire and Ginger Rogers. His childhood was spent in poverty in Harlem, NYC, where he learnt tap dance on the streets with local black children. He became an Academy Award-winning dance director responsible for choreographing several dozen of Hollywood’s most truly memorable musicals, including every one of the nine Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers 1930s gems – not to mention Fred and Ginger’s screen swan song, “The Barkleys of Broadway” (1949). He also choreographed some half-dozen of Betty Grable’s musicals of the ’40s and danced on screen with both Grable and Rita Hayworth.