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Inside this month:

 

Behind the scenes on the Strictly live tour

Camilla Sacre-Dallerup, who returned to the Strictly live tour as a judge this year, shares her memories of life on the road with the sequinned juggernaut

Going for gold

Considering taking your first medal test? Phil Meacham, examiner for the National Association of Teachers of Dancing, tells you what to expect…

Making waves

Much missed on Strictly Come Dancing last year, Artem Chigvintsev talks to Debbie Selinsky about his recent move to Dancing with the Stars – and the experience of dancing at sea

And much more!

Vincente Minnelli on the South Bank:

Tuesday, 03 April 2012

yolandaandthethiefLondon 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: Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer in Yolanda and the Thief. Photograph courtesy of the BFI

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