Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire

Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire


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"Informative, with spry visuals. . . . A class act." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

In this fascinating story of child stars who dance their way to knockout success on Broadway and beyond, Roxane Orgill and Stéphane Jorisch team up for a bravura performance, capturing the sophistication, fluidity, and grace of two of the biggest names in dance history, Fred and Adele Astaire. Back matter includes an author’s note, suggestions for further reading, suggested resources, and an index.

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ISBN-13: 9780763662158
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Series: Candlewick Biographies Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,153,157
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Substance suits the age-level.
bsalomon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fred and Adele Astaire started their dancing jouney at a young age. Adele was the dancer of the family, but Fred decided that he also wanted to dance. They performed many times together, but as they grew old so did their act. Fred and Adele had to come up with new acts in order to stay on top. Fred found his real calling when motion pictures were invented. Hcould dance the same act many times but when it is filmed he can move on to another act. Meanwhile, Adele married and hung up her dancing shoes. This is a great book to use for research, but too lenghty for a read aloud. The illustrations are very detailed and give great meaning to the text.
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Both Balanchine and Nueyev called Fred Astaire the best dancer of the 20th century. Even today, some two decades after his death, he is well remembered when one of his 30 movie musicals is shown on television, and he is still considered to be one of the world's most debonair gentlemen, an icon of male fashion. We think of Fred and Ginger, as together with Ginger Rogers he made ten memorable films. But, how many remember that his first dancing partner was his sister, Adele? She was the one considered to be a born dancer. So, in 1905 Adele (age 7), Fred (age 5) and their mother boarded a train for New York City so Adele could attend dancing school. Father remained in Omaha where he worked for a brewery. Fred joined his sister in taking lessons and before long their instructor put them in a show, as a bride and groom who 'tap-danced on top of a pair of wooden wedding cakes.' At that time vaudeville was all the rage, and the talented youngsters soon won a spot on the vaudeville circuit. Mother, daughter and son began traveling from town, eventually returning to Omaha where they were enthusiastically received. At that time, Adele was the star of the act. However, the time came when they were no longer children, not 'adorable little kids,' so they were reduced to playing on a small-time circuit. Times were tough as they shared the stage with trained seals. But they worked hard, perfected new acts and finally won the hearts of theater goers. They were offered a part in a Broadway show in 1917. Success followed success until in 1932 Adele announced her intention to marry and retire - they had danced together for almost 30 years. Shortly thereafter Fred flew to Hollywood and the rest is cinema history. Footwork is a charming biography of a persevering family, his talented sister, and the man many consider to have had the most influence on movie musicals. Who else danced on a wall? - Gail Cooke