I just gotta dance…

So, writing that post about dancing in the movies made me think a lot about how much I miss dancing. A lovely friend of mine also got me thinking and I remembered how much I loved dance, especially tap, and how much I miss Gregory Hines, and how awesome Savion Glover is… and so on and so forth.

So, today I’m sharing a few clips of my favorite tap dancing and tap numbers from movies and Broadway shows.

Lets start with both of my fav performers at once… demonstrating some tap improvisation just in case you’re wondering what the heck tap dancing is and what exactly I’m talking about.

OR, even better, here is a clip of Savion Glover on Dancing With The Stars:

If you have never tap danced before you may not know how INCREDIBLY hard it is to do those moves. Having danced for a very long time I still struggle with repetition and rolls and some of the timing. I’m very out of practice but watching him dance makes me want to do it again like you wouldn’t believe.

This link shows a clip of Savion Glover on The Colbert Report discussing the origin of tap dancing, explains its decline in popularity and then performs on the show.

So, without further adieu, here we have the movie (but was first a Broadway show) that started it all for me:

One… singular sensation every little step she takes.
One… thrilling combination every move that she makes.
One smile and suddenly nobody else will do.
You know you’ll never be lonely with you… know… who…

Seriously folks. I think I have that whole movie memorized. That movie made me want to be a Broadway dancer and sparked an interest in acting. I wanted to be a ROCKETTE. Yes, a Rockette. I wanted it so bad. Of course, once I never got above 5’2″ and they never would give me adult roles like I wanted… I realized that I could never really make it and gave up on the dream.

Moving on…

Here, we have the Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather performing what Fred Astaire once called “the greatest dance number ever filmed.”

And for fun… let’s watch Gene Kelly tap dancing in roller skates from the movie, It’s Always Fair Weather. Now that’s what I call talent!

Here is Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell in Begin the Beguine from The Broadway Melody of 1940.

From the Tony Awards back in 2001 (I think) here is a clip showing a compilation of dances from 42nd Street. My sisters both performed in this musical at a little dinner theater in Orlando one year. It was quite good for being WAY off-Broadway.

How can you watch that and NOT want to dance!?! I mean, it’s hard for me to just sit still in my seat watching the clip. Especially knowing a lot of the moves, time steps, etc. SO GOOD.

Okay, well, that’s all I’m going to show on here. Feel free to browse the internet for more lovely tap dancing and I will leave you with what I never thought would happen but evidently has happened… there is an actual Wii game called Dance on Broadway. Interesting.

Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂