The great, great stage and screen dancer Bobby Banas swings, very hard and very well, in “The Nitty Gritty” — this television clip from The Judy Garland Show in 1964.
Banas choreographed the number on the spur of the moment. “I choreographed the “Nitty Gritty,” he shared in an email, explaining that choreographer Peter Gennaro’s assistant was originally tasked with the assignment but didn’t quite know what to do. So Banas was conscripted.
“If you noticed, my partner was Gina Trikonis, “Gaziella” from West Side Story.”
Perhaps, Bobby, but none of the dancers ports quite the demonic energy that you display!
Peter Gennaro also dances in the number at far right.
The opening moments of this delicious morsel make good use of “croisé” position … dancing on the diagonal. The body orientation then swaps to “en face,” dead-on, a straight presentation to the camera.