Oh yeah! Bobby Banas rocks “The Nitty Gritty” 4

Dance

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.

4 thoughts on “Oh yeah! Bobby Banas rocks “The Nitty Gritty”

  1. Barry Mar 2,2019 3:57 pm

    Who is the girl on the right I’m in love – she’s only 80 by now but….

  2. Jim Dec 5,2018 3:37 am

    The other boy dancer is no slouch, either. He is Gary Menteer who partnered Ann Margret in Onna White’s great “Lot of Livin'” number in Bye Bye Birdie,and was also the blond waiter prominent in the Harmonia Gardens scenes in Hello Dolly. I guess that rehearsal time was really limited for this number.

  3. Debra Cater Nov 12,2018 4:43 pm

    I have watched this video sooo many times and LOVE IT! The boy in the front (Bobby Banas?) just gets it…really gets it. Excellent dancer…totally absorbed.
    To think this was in the 60’s….wow! He is great.

  4. Michael zip Aug 31,2018 5:58 pm

    A Friday inspiration. Get right down.

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