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Happy Throwback Thursday, gang.
I’m excited to share this gem with Alexandra Danilova and Frederic Franklin, not to mention encourage you to visit Jacob’s Pillow’s amazing and addictive virtual world of super impressive dance performances.


Frederic Franklin & Alexandra Danilova


Longtime Ballet Russe dance partners Danilova & Franklin performed Gaité Parisienne choreographed by Leonide Massine at Jacob’s Pillow in 1948. Sure the video’s small and fairly grainy. You can still tell these two can dance.
BONUS: You can find hundreds of dance throwbacks and recent performances within Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive. Search by artist name, genre, or era – or test your dance history knowledge with the Guess Game. You can even visit Friday through Wednesday.

What is your favorite bit of dance history? Send your photos or videos to [email protected] or tweet us @diydancer #tbt

Written by Amy Jacobus

Amy Jacobus is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer who has shown choreography at DanceNOW [NYC]‘s RAW series, Works in Progress at Dance New Amsterdam, Mixed Movement at Brooklyn Ballet and FIGMENT on Governor’s Island. She presented 20nothings, a danced response to bad press surrounding the Millennial generation, in a self-produced series at Greenpoint’s The End. Amy Jacobus Dance Projects was established in 2011 as a hub for her choreographic projects—past, present and future, in New York City and beyond. Amy has bachelors degrees in dance and journalism & mass communications from the University of Iowa and works as a marketing and communications consultant with a variety of performing artists, dance services and small businesses in New York. She is a former member of Dance/NYC Junior Committee. (photo by Christopher Duggan)