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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Throwback Thursday Ceiling Dance

Throwback Thursday Ceiling Dance

In the 1951 movie Royal Wedding, a memorable dance sequence shows Fred Astaire quite literally dancing around the room and on the ceiling.

How was this feat of engineering accomplished? According to http://www.bigfott.com/Astaire_Unwound.html:
“The hotel room set was constructed inside a huge rotating steel cage, all the furniture was bolted down, and the camera and cameraman were strapped down and traveled around 360 degrees while Astaire danced away, always remaining upright as the room rotated around him.” (See the Link of the Day below for more info.)

Other performers have done their own rotating room effect, notably Lionel Richie in his Dancing on the Ceiling video.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #291:
“Fred Astaire used early special effects to ‘dance on the ceiling’.”

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Quote of the Day:
“It's only out of reach when you choose to keep your feet flat on the floor.”
― Lana M.H. Wilder

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