Fred Astaire

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Fred Astaire was a multi-talented American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. He made 31 films in a total of 76 years of his career. His dance has been inspirational to many artists including Michael Jackson, Rudolf Nureyev and George Balanchine. At first, Astaire refused dance lessons, he easily followed in the steps of his older sister Adele and took up piano, accordion and clarinet. When their father suddenly lost his job, the family moved to New York City in 1905 to launch the show business career of the children. Fred and Adele rapidly landed a major contract and played in the famed theatres throughout the United States. They began to learn tap dance, tango, waltz and other ballroom dances. Finally, The Astaires broke into Broadway in 1917. By this time, Fred’s dancing skill was beginning to outshine his sister’s, though she still set the tone of their act with her sparkle and humour drawing much of the attention, due in part to Fred’s careful preparation and strong supporting choreography. In respecting his dedication to dance, Fred was awarded with Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy Award, Dance Magazine Award, The George Eastman Award, Kennedy Centre Honors, National Artist Award, The Capezio Dance Shoe Award and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Fred Astaire – Swing Time