Fred Astaire was one of the 20th century’s greatest dancers on film. He made some of the most complex dancing seem as effortless as breathing. Whether it was partnering with Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, or a hat rack—or dancing on the ceiling or on roller skates, he made everything appear easy and elegant. Astaire appeared in a total of 133 dance numbers in 31 films, many considered timeless classics of movie choreography. This talk covers the sweep of Astaire’s remarkable career.

Brian Rose is a professor emeritus at Fordham University, where he taught for 38 years in the Department of Communication and Media Studies. He has written several books on television history and cultural programming. Rose has conducted over a hundred Q&As with leading directors, actors, and writers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild, and the British Academy of Film & Television Arts.