"Fred was just made for dancing. You could see him walk in the streets and it was almost like he was dancing. There was a swing to it and a rhythm to it. He was absolutely, very precise about rhythm – about finishing on time and so on. And he heard the music; he played with it, he danced with it, he understood it so well. He understood Jazz. It was a real pleasure dancing with him. Everything was easy for him; he never got out of breath, always ready to rehearse again and do it again. He also had fun ideas – I think he’s the dancer who made fun of himself the most. He would goof around and the result is lovely. You can see it on the screen. When we did the first number in Daddy Long Legs called Slew Foot – in the school where we were supposed to be – he was much older than all the school kids and myself but you can see this spark of fun in his eyes. We both were sparking off each other and you can tell he really enjoyed doing that bit and so did I. Monkeying around – that’s what he was doing!" - Leslie Caron
National Geographic asked me to summarise the 1990s in one image. This is what I came up with.
This is doubly relevant as I’m off to reach for the lasers myself at the wonderful Boomtown festival for a few days. I’m not bringing a copy of Paint with me I’m afraid but I’ll see you all when I get back. Bye!