And on this date in 1987-legendary screen performer Fred Astaire passed away. Of Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov once said, "No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business."
And on this date in 1997, A velvet gown was sold at Christie's auction to an unnamed bidder for $225,500, the highest bid Christie's had ever received on an article of clothing. It had been worn by Princess Diana at a 1985 White House dinner during which she danced with John Travolta. (Seen below)
Resource of the Day
For information on Australian ballet and dancers we recommend the Web page Australia Dancing put together by Ausdance, Australia's professional dance organization. It has biographies, resources and valuable oral histories.