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ABTV If Fred Astaire Were Alive
The artists, entertainers and celebrities whose work and whose personas inspire us stay with us well beyond their passing and add to our life’s supply of beauty. They can seem like old friends to us or members of the family. In these trying times, AfterBuzz TV takes comfort in the abiding presence of these art angels. We can’t help but wonder how they would react to society in the time of COVID-19 and what joyful wonders they would wreak in quarantine. What fresh perspectives would they give us on the now? Our AfterBuzz TV ‘If Alive” series continues today wondering ‘What If Fred Astaire Were Alive?’
The dance legend that was once written off as “can’t sing. Can’t act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little,” will never be forgotten. As we remember Fred Astaire, born Frederick Austerlitz, on what would have been his 121st birthday, our imagination runs wild thinking of what the performer would be up to today.
Astaire was known for being a perfectionist and would practice routines for days before performing them. His intricacy and effortless performance increased his standards for excellence. It’s without question that everything he involved himself in, would meet his expectations. With his name attached to the franchise, Astaire would ensure that The Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Inc, is performing to its best abilities. He might even offer private lessons to a couple of lucky students.It will take a while to visit all 140 locations but within the year, he’d make it a point to stop by each one. In between his rounds, Astaire would schedule a meeting at the studio headquarters in Massachusetts, to discuss the launch of his after-school program. The studio would collaborate with schools to teach youth tap and ballroom styles while highlighting discipline, respect for your partner, and hard work.
Although he was extremely talented, Fred Astaire was very humble and appreciated any form of recognition. Before lockdown, Astaire would have enjoyed a private viewing of Astaire Dances III performed by the American Contemporary Ballet. After a Q&A with the ensemble, I couldn’t imagine Fred Astaire leaving without seeing the dancers one last time and joining them for the final number.
With Fred Astaire gracing the Earth, one would hope that at some point Gene Kelly could join him. Often compared, the two only danced once on screen together. In 1946 the pair showed us how their individual styles complimented each other. With updated technology and creative freedom, the duo would choreograph an original number that emphasizes Astaire’s height, Kelly’s control, and their chemistry. We have enough memories of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers but how could we be satisfied with only one performance from Astaire and Kelly? The routine would be televised and free to all viewers but they’d have to find another title since The Last Dance is currently being used.
Of course, all of these things would be great but Fred Astaire would encourage everyone to prioritize their health. After suffering from a compromised immune system, he would take precautionary steps to protect himself and others from the virus.
Fred Astaire left an imprint on a lot of our hearts. Though we wish we could see his animated expressions while his feet move a mile a minute one more time, his legacy still lives on. During this time, there are a couple of things you can do to remember him. His movies are available to stream and the Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Inc. offers virtual classes and privates. Whatever you choose to do, the best way to honor this classic man is by giving your all and working as hard as you can. Oh, and don’t forget to smile while you do it.
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Toree Weaver is an AfterBuzz TV host with a passion for glamour and kingdoms. When she isn’t modeling or dancing, she can be found binge watching shows from Gossip Girl to Game of Thrones.
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