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Swing Time, 1936

Above, the dance is Pick Yourself Up, and of course, he is dancing with Ginger Rogers. They are in a nice open position, nothing touching, same footwork.

In this dance, they spend much of the time in an open, apart, American style position, but they maintain good partner awareness and connection through it all. Each body line matches that of the other, their gestures mirror those of the other, their glances and expressions show their joy in each other. Their mutual delight and gaity binds them into a true couple.

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Lunge onto lead feet
Half Open; same footwork

These are from Waltz in Swing Time. They are facing, nothing touching.

Shadow; same footwork

Open Position
Wheel CCW
Shadow
Open, nothing touching
Skaters
And shots from Never Gonna Dance, surely the most beautifully poignant dance they ever did.
A sort of Skirt Skaters (they have dropped left hands).

Fred Astaire, with his long-time choreographic assistant, Hermes Pan, working out a routine. (They're just kidding.)


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