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Inside this month:

 

Northern star
Joanne Clifton talks to Nicola Rayner about keeping her feet on the ground as almost all her dreams come true

Bright Young Things
Rachelle Stretch interviews two Under 21 couples who triumphed at Blackpool Dance Festival earlier this year

Technique clinic
Our resident dance doctor, NATD examiner and international adjudicator Phil Meacham, looks at the forward lockstep in the quickstep

And much more!

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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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