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11 dancetoday nov14

Inside this month:

Q&A: Lucy Worsley
In a new BBC Four series Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance, Lucy Worsley and Len Goodman will take to the floor. Nicola Rayner finds out more

Back in action
Robin Windsor had to step away from this year's Strictly Come Dancing as he recovered from injury. He tells Zoë Anderson about rehabilitation

and now for the next trick...
Jonathan Gray takes a look at special effects in the theatre and finds out that nothing is new

And much more!

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Vincente Minnelli on the South Bank:

Tuesday, 03 April 2012

ziegfeldfollieslucilleballLondon cinema BFI Southbank celebrates the director Vincente Minnelli in April and May, with screenings of films including Meet Me in St Louis, An American in Paris, The Band Wagon, Gigi and Ziegfeld Follies.

 

The son of a conductor, Minnelli started in theatre, designing sets and directing plays, before going to Hollywood and MGM. His first film was Cabin in the Sky (1943), a jazz musical starring Lena Horne that is also part of the BFI season. He directed Judy Garland (his future wife, and mother of their daughter Liza) in Meet Me in St Louis, filmed Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire dancing together in Ziegfeld Follies and won an Oscar for Gigi.

 

As well as non-musical films, this season includes I Dood It, starring tap dancer Eleanor Powell, Yolanda and the Thief with Astaire and Lucille Bremer, Garland and Gene Kelly in The Pirate, The Story of Three Loves with Moira Shearer and Leslie Caron, Brigadoon, Kismet and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

 

See the bfi website for dates and to book tickets.

 

Picture: Lucille Ball in Ziegfeld Follies. Photograph courtesy of the BFI

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