Hollywood and Ballet, Part One
Anne Hogan's Fascinating Rhythm
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Anne Hogan, Dean of College of Communication and Fine Arts, The University of Memphis
The silver screens of Hollywood have long been enthralled by the elegance and allure of the world of ballet. Learn how three classically trained ballerinas — Vera Zorina, Leslie Caron and Cyd Charisse — helped to shape the development of the movie musical. We’ll look at Zorina’s glamorous presence in The Goldwyn Follies and On Your Toes (with dance direction by her then-husband, George Balanchine), Caron’s charming performance in An American in Paris and Charisse’s graceful turns in Singin’ in the Rain, Brigadoon and Silk Stockings. The lecture will also detail Caron and Charisse’s dance partners, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.
This lecture is part of Anne Hogan's series, Fascinating Rhythm.
Anne Hogan (BA, MA, PhD) is the Director of Education, the Royal Academy of Dance. A former member of the Boston Ballet Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet, Anne holds a BA in English Literature from Harvard University and an MA and PhD in English Literature from Brown University. Prior to joining the Royal Academy of Dance as Director of Education, she was an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Languages and Education at London Metropolitan University. Anne has taught in the Department of Comparative Literature and was Director of Alumni Relations at The American University of Paris and was previously the Head of Dance Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and Head of Postgraduate Studies and Research at London Contemporary Dance School.
Anne has taught English and Comparative Literature, specializing in Shakespeare in performance as well as both theoretical and studio-based courses, specializing in dance. Her edited publications include Balanchine Then and Now (Sylph Editions and the Arts Arena, 2008) and The Song of the Body: Dance and Lifelong Wellbeing (RAD Enterprises, 2014).