Dancing on the ceiling

What happens when talent meets special effects. My favorite Fred Astaire moment, from the movie “Royal Wedding.”

You probably don’t need to see how this was achieved, but here it is anyway. Still fun to watch. What helps hide the illusion is the camera movement on top of the rotation.

Nathan Barnatt

Twitter led me to this video by Nathan Barnatt. He falls down funny.

Barnatt has quite a few videos on youtube. I applaud him for how hard he works. This next one is also funny. He attends an open audition for dancers. The only reason they don’t throw him out is he actually has some skills. This is how I would be at an audition.

Joe Frisco – Vaudeville dancer

This dancer smokes, literally.

I can’t imagine we’ll ever see cigarettes in American animated films again, but they are great props. Cruella DeVille wouldn’t have been the same without her quellazaire.

Moscow Ballet “parody” of swing dancing

These dancers had professional looking moves. Here is the info from Dark Roasted Blend.

Not sure how this passed the communist censorship, but the world-famous Moiseyev Ballet in Moscow performed this dance not only during their trips to America in the 1960s but also at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow in 1962. They did call it a “parody dance” in the official program – but they still have too much fun dancing it!

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