Ballet Stars
Diana Adams and Irving Davies in "Invitation to the Dance," via YouTube.

Elegant, enigmatic and versatile, Diana Adams was a muse to the choreographic visionaries of her day. She originated roles in works by Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, George Balanchine and Gene Kelly, most famously the edgy pas de deux in Balanchine's Agon alongside the recently departed Arthur Mitchell. But outside the ballet world she may be better remembered for her role in Gene Kelly's 1956 film Invitation to the Dance. In a swanky, style-blending duet, Adams's polished pointework and long lines juxtapose British tap dancer and choreographer Irving Davies' suave, grounded style.

Diana Adams and Irving Davies - Invitation to Dance www.youtube.com

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Happy birthday, Gene Kelly! The dance icon would've been 106 years old today—and his legacy still burns as bright as ever. We thought we'd honor the incredible performer with a look at five of his greatest routines ever.

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Happy birthday, Gene Kelly! The dance icon would've been 106 years old today—and his legacy still burns as bright as ever. We thought we'd honor the incredible performer with a look at five of his greatest routines ever.

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Happy birthday, Gene Kelly! The dance icon would've been 106 years old today—and his legacy still burns as bright as ever. We thought we'd honor the incredible performer with a look at five of his greatest routines ever.

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