Dance Me a Song explores how Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and others led to the rise of a distinctive dance style as a crowning achievement of twentieth-century dance and cinema.
Contents; Introduction: The Synergy of Sound and Moving Image; Part I. From Stage to Screen; 1. No Limitations I: Astaire’s Outlaw Style and its New World Roots; 2. No Limitations II: Astaire’s Roots in Social Dance, Ballet, and Other Forms; 3. Old World Meets New World on Broadway: Balanchine, Astaire, Dukelsky, Gershwin, Minnelli, Rodgers and Hart, Josephine Baker; 4. Ballet Meets Jazz in Hollywood: Balanchine and the Film Ballet; 5. Dancing with the Camera, Dancing in the Street: Introducing Kelly and Donen; Part II. Film Dance Genres; 6. Seduction Dances: Astaire, Kelly, and Song and Dance as Courtship; 7. Freedom Incarnate: The Dancing Sailor as an Icon of American Values in World War II; 8. Dancing in the Street: Courtship, Euphoria, and Despair; 9. The Dream of Courtship: The Cinematic Dance Drama; 10. Making Film Dance: The Through-Composed & Through-Choreographed Musical; 11. Legacy; Appendix I. Timeline; Appendix II. Dance Genres