Film Series: An Invitation to Dance

Fall in love with dance this February with the legends Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. 

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. All films are free with museum admission. 

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Top Hat (1935)
Directed by Mark Sandrich
Friday, February 2, 5:30–7:10 p.m.

An American dancer (Fred Astaire) comes to Britain and falls for a model (Ginger Rogers) whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.

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Swing Time (1936)
Directed by George Stevens
Friday, February 9, 5:30–7:15 p.m.

A performer and gambler (Astaire) travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer (Rogers).

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An American in Paris (1951)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Friday, February 16, 5:30–7:25 p.m.

A former GI who remained in France to study painting (Gene Kelly) is discovered by a wealthy benefactor. He betrays her by romancing a woman (Leslie Caron) who turns out to already be in a relationship with his best friend.

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Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly
Friday, February 23, 5:30–7:15 p.m.

A 1920s silent-film star (Kelly) falls for a spunky chorus girl (Debbie Reynolds), much to the dismay of his diva-ish leading lady, in this lighthearted musical spoof of the early days of Hollywood.



Photo credits: Top Hat and Swing TimeRKO Radio Pictures / Photofest, © RKO Radio Pictures; An American in Paris and Singin' in the RainMGM / Photofest, © MGM