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Inside this month:

A whole Lott of talent
Series 12 super-couple Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon talk to Claire Saul about their Strictly experience

Your time to shine!
Dance Today has joined forces with the Dance with Vincent and Flavia app to give YOU the chance to dance for Vincent and Flavia – and to win fab-u-lous prizes

Shall We Dance?
In an excerpt from his new book Shall We Dance? The True Story of the Couple Who Taught the World to Dance, Douglas Thompson explains the popularity of Vernon and Irene Castle

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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