Gypsy dancer shop-talk at the Academy


It was an occasion for dance-chatter the other evening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. A highly vaunted circle, including veteran gypsy dancers, a choreographer for the camera, and even an Oscar-winning actor, gathered at AMPAS prior to a screening of “West Side Story” Monday July 18, 2016.

In the picture, Maria Jimenez, who danced as a Sharks girl in the movie; Bobby Banas, a Jets gang member (and a great gypsy dancer) (“The trouble is he’s crazy!” sings Bobby in “Officer Krupke”); the dancer/choreographer Miriam Nelson (her massive IMDB resume here); and George Chakiris who earned Oscar gold, one of only two actors in Hollywood history to do so (James Cagney, for “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” the other, in 1942), for playing ‘Bernardo’ in the movie.

Fascinating information about Jerome Robbins as co-director of the 55-year-old film that garnered ten Academy Awards surfaced in the course of the evening. Read it here.

Photo credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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