Dance Is A Man’s Sport, Too

Dance Is A Man’s Sport, Too
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Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, Lynn Swann

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Hosted by Gene Kelly and Hal Holbrook
Original Music for OMNIBUS by Marvin Hamlisch
Production Management by: Garry Blye
Sound Recordist: Phil Cartwright
Musical Director: Jack Elliott
Cinematography by: Daniel Flannery

Dance Is A Man's Sport, Too was commissioned by Gene Kelly for the sequel to his 1958 television special “Dancing: A Man’s Game.”

Peter Martins, then principal dancer for the New York City Ballet, Lynn Swann, star wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tharp dance to a traditional Irish jig. The differences in each performer’s physical training and approach to the choreography are highlighted; their speed and agility measured against the lined backdrop. When asked about his experience, Swann simply stated, “My thighs hurt.”

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