Ginger Rogers comes to life in Fullerton
It was often said of Ginger Rogers that she was twice as good a dancer as partner Fred Astaire because "she can do everything he does, but backwards -- and in high heels." Though we may never know that quote's origin, it stands as a testament to Rogers' skill, professionalism and durability.
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#1 Feb 22, 2010
The quote is from the cartoonist, Bob Thaves, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1981. It was never said by Ginger.....though she appreciated the sentiment.
#2 Mar 12, 2010
Well, this is a phrase that is often heard and many people seem to like it. If you tap with a male partner you won't always go backward. Sometimes he dances backward too and then you will have to do it forward. Some tap steps are backward even easier. I can do pickup-steps much faster than foreward-steps. And dancing with high heels must not be too difficult. What I dislike about high tap-heels is the sound of the high heel: He sound more like a bassdrum while biger heels make a lighter sound that is much better heard.
#3 Mar 15, 2010
I must add this: Fred Astaires dance-rehearsing was extreme, as he was extremly accurate. Ginger didn't need so very much time to get in a dance. But what Fred did for example in FOLLOW THE FLEET was much more difficult than Ginger did in her solo (when she danced before show-producer Mr. Nolen). If Ginger had rehearsed so many hours like Fred she may have been even better than Fred. But I must say (as a tap dancer myself) she was reasonable enough not to do so. She wasn't that crazy, longing do do other projects, to develop her abilities as an actress. Is it really important, whether Ginger was better than Fred? I love her anyway and she would be my idol, even if I had to admit that Fred had been better.
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