Our Unschooling Adventure - which officially started in Lowell in the Fall of 2005 - now continues in Berlin.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

"That's Dancing"

We have watched this 1 3/4 hour-long videotape (produced by MGM in 1985) twice thus far in 3 days. It starts with shots from the late 18th century when the movie camera was just invented (this "dancing" is more like frolicking & jumping around, described charitably as "more energy than skill" by Gene Kelly the narrator) and ends with Michael Jackson's electric choreography on "Beat it". Other narrators include Sammy Davis, Jr., Ray Bolger (the kids love his number from The Wizard of Oz, which was cut from the movie for some unknown reason!), Mikhail Baryshnikov and Liza Minnelli. Fabulous dancing throughout.

We have been watching lots of musicals over the years and know many of the performers & songs. Supriya is into watching older musicals & documentaries about them (such as the series put out by MGM called "That's Entertainment"), and she is a budding encyclopedia of musicals and songs! So we watch videotapes of this kind for pure enjoyment as well as for the historical/educational value.


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