Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ Top 5 Duets!

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers—what an iconic duo! Or perhaps, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, as Ginger always preferred. “It is customary, is it not, to list the woman before the man?”

In the eyes of adoring audiences, Fred and Ginger were a match made in heaven, helplessly in love and absolutely devoted to each other. Off screen, they had a fiery, competitive relationship. Astaire detested being portrayed as a “partner” as opposed to the star of the show. However, as Rogers revealed later in her life, “We had fun and it shows. True, we were never bosom buddies off the screen. We were different people with different interests.” The dancing partners made a total of 10 movies including Shall We Dance, the final film on the 2017 CAPA Summer Movie Series.

Here are our top 5 picks of Fred and Ginger dances:

#5 The Piccolino Dance from Top Hat
This dance exemplifies everything we love about Fred and Ginger, and more! From start to finish, it portrays a sense of old Hollywood glam that doesn’t exist in today’s cinema. We think this number covers all the bases, and kicks off our top 5 quite nicely.

#4 “Swing Time” from Swing Time
Although Astaire always wows, this dance truly showcases Rogers’ stunning talent. Her range is remarkable. She can portray ultimate beauty and glamor, but can also portray a familiar sense of casual and happy spontaneity with ease. This dance swings into number 4!

#3 “Cheek to Cheek” from Top Hat
Rogers chose a dress covered in blue ostrich feathers which Astaire absolutely detested. Astaire recalls, “She looks like a rooster…Feathers started to fly as if a chicken had been attacked by a coyote. It was like a snow storm.” We happen to love the dress, and admire the way it moves. Number 3 for sure!

#2 “Night and Day” from The Gay Divorce
This utterly romantic dance duet must have been difficult for Astaire’s socialite, somewhat snobbish wife Phyllis to watch. She was often jealous of her husband’s dancing partners. Rogers wrote in her autobiography, “She never warmed up to me, and she surely didn’t want her husband to either.” Still, a gorgeous performance and quite worthy of the number 2 slot.

#1 “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” from Shall We Dance
It’s one thing to be a masterful dancer. It is quite another to dance on skates! Fred and Ginger are impeccable in this beautiful number, and due to their stunning tranquility on skates, we think it deserves number 1!

Don’t miss the 2017 CAPA Summer Movie Series finale this weekend with Shall We Dance Saturday, August 5, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, August 6, at 2 pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $5 at the door!

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