Hermes Pan choreographed everything from “Swing Time” in 1936 to Elizabeth Taylor’s “Cleopatra” (including the spectacle – dancers, warriors, witch doctor’s, elephants, and zebras – that was Cleopatra’s procession into Rome).

Pictured above with Ginger Rogers, he was a soft-spoken gregarious man who was loved by his dancers. Recently a biography was completed by John Franceschina, titled: Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire: John Franceschina: 9780199754298: Amazon.com: Books. A fascinating look at a rare talent.


  1. I watched Fred and Ginger movies since I was little, I always thought Fred did his own choreography. Now I know. Question, could I take an image, like the one above with Hermes and Ginger and put it on my tumblr blog? I would link back to your blog. Here’s my info…. http://thebluethread.tumblr.com/

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