Fred Astaire was a popular American dancer known to have played prominent roles in various successful musical comedy films. As a child he collaborated with his elder sister for various performances. Together they gave many successful performances which opened the door to the Broadway. He debuted with a small role which brought him offers from various renowned production companies. He was paired up with Ginger Rogers who also came from Broadway. He was initially very reluctant to pair with her but their first movie turned out to be a huge hit. Their dance performances were fascinating which made them instantly famous while lining up a series of musical offers. They together portrayed some of the most difficult forms of dance enhancing their reputation as great dancers. Fred used to rehearse a single performance numerous times to suffice his obsession for perfection. This was believed to be the main reason behind their awesome performances. His career spanned over seven decades where he gave phenomenal musical films, recordings and television specials. We have excerpted a few famous and inspiring quotations and thoughts from the movies, dialogues, characters, work and life of the renowned artist. Read through the quotes and thoughts by Fred Astaire which reflect his passion for dance and life.
For ballroom dancing, remember that your partners have their own distinctive styles also. Cultivate flexibility. Be able to adapt your style to that of your partner. In doing so, you are not surrendering your individuality, but blending it with that of your partner.
I just told my agent to forget all other projects for me. I was waiting for Audrey Hepburn. She asked for me, and I was ready. This could be the last and only opportunity I’d have to work with the great and lovely Audrey Hepburn and I was not missing it. Period.
I have never had anything that I can remember in the business - and that includes all the movies and the stage shows and everything - that I didn't enjoy. I didn't like some of the small-time vaudeville, because we weren't going on and getting better. Aside from that, I didn't dislike anything.
If we followed our own advice, we'd be successful.
When working on my choreography I am not always receptive to outside suggestions or opinions. I believe that if you have something in mind in the way of a creation, such as a new dance, a sequence, or an effect, you are certain to come up with inaccurate criticism and damaging results if you go around asking for opinions.
The unpadded shoulders, the three-buttoned long and boxy coat, the too-short, thin pants, and the thin ties with striped buttoned shirts in dark colors-well, I suppose this may go very well with some personalities but it's not for me. To me, all such look like TV producers. Maybe they want to.