Puts a smile on your face doesn’t it? This clip of the Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather (1943) is just one of the many great visuals on display in Dancing The Dream, a historical look at dance in America at the National Portrait Gallery now through July 14, 2014.
I was fortunate enough to get a private tour of the exhibit by its curator who has cleverly broken 100 years of dance related portraits into categories: Broadway, Hollywood, Modern, Ballet & Pop. No stodgy white walled, keep your distance approach here. Instead the halls are lined with red carpets, the walls painted rainbow bright colors, and on Saturday afternoons a dance company rehearses right in the middle of it all. See classic portraits, drawings, posters, amazing clips and have your QR code reader at the ready to see even more — a clever way around the high cost of film and TV rights.
It’s a limited collection but an interesting look at how dance has evolved in our country and the players that made it happen from Balanchine to Baryshnikov to Beyonce.National Portrait Gallery, 8th & F Streets, Washington DC (Free)