September 10 Birthday: FOOTWORK: THE STORY OF FRED AND ADELE ASTAIRE


Adele Astaire, dancer
September 10, 1896-January 25, 1981

Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire by Roxanne Orgill, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch (Candlewick, 2007)

As young children, Adele was tapped as the “real dancer” but in time it was clear that Fred had an affinity for dancing, too. On the road with the vaudeville circuit, Fred and Adele were popular performers. After a two-year break, they returned to the stage and the act got better and better. Eventually Adele left and Fred went to Hollywood where he danced into the hearts of movie-goers everywhere.

From PBS Broadway Musical comes an overview of the Astaires and their accomplishments.

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