Greatest contribution Gene Kelly made to American dance?

“The greatest contribution Gene Kelly made to American dance,” Kelly jokes, “is that he has finally shown the male dancer how to dress! You can’t play a part and come out in ballet shoes, and you can’t come out in regular shoes, so I invented the wearing of moccasins (which bend like ballet shoes) and white socks, and made sure the pants were very tight and rolled up a bit. […] If I never made any other contribution, I’ll live and die with what I accomplished with costumes, because I feel very pleased with it.” — Gene Kelly, Dance Magazine, 1976.


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