At 14 I discovered girls. At that time dancing was the only way you could put your arm around the girl. Dancing was courtship.
I arrived in Hollywood twenty pounds overweight and as strong as an ox.
I didn’t want to be a dancer. I just did it to work my way through college. But I was always an athlete and gymnast, so it came naturally.
I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls.
I still find it almost impossible to relax for more than one day at a time.
I think dancing is a man’s game and if he does it well he does it better than a woman.
I wanted to do new things with dance, adapt it to the motion picture medium.
I’d studied dance in Chicago every summer end taught it all winter, and I was well-rounded. I wasn’t worried about getting a job on Broadway. In fact, I got one the first week.
I’ll never starve.
My mother had gotten a job as a receptionist at a dancing school and had the idea that we should open our own dancing school; we did, and it prospered.
There is a strange sort of reasoning in Hollywood that musicals are less worthy of Academy consideration than dramas. It’s a form of snobbism, the same sort that perpetuates the idea that drama is more deserving of Awards than comedy.
Things danced on the screen do not look the way they do on the stage. On the stage, dancing is three-dimensional, but a motion picture is two-dimensional.
When Ginger Rogers danced with Astaire, it was the only time in the movies when you looked at the man, not the woman.