“I learned something from each partner. It wouldn’t be fair to say one was more important than another. I tried to adapt myself to each man’s style. In that way I learned their rhythms and dancing tricks. From Gene Kelly I got the modern knee drops, slides, and the earthy, almost brutal, approach to rhythm. It was a big change for me. At the moment I think dancing with him did the most to advance my career. Until I got the part in the number with Gene Kelly, I had just danced in a thoughtless, easy-going way, but my acting coach made me think about my dancing and Gene made me take it seriously.” — Vera Ellen

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