New Yorkers might already be familiar with the indie brothers band, The So So Glos. Ballroom dancers might be familiar with Misha Zharinov. Together, they have honored someone nationally and internationally known, a guy who got his start on Broadway after humble Midwest beginnings and eventually made it in Hollywood: Fred Astaire.
The music video “Fred Astaire” was shot, directed and edited by Matthew Greeley with some help from Flipswitch Films.
The So So Glos are an indie band of brothers: Alex Levine (vocals, bass) and Ryan Levine (guitar, vocals), as well as their stepbro, Zach Staggers (drums, vocals). Blended families can work and even sometimes play together. Matt Elkin, a non-family member, rounds out the group with guitar and vocals.
The band formed in Brooklyn, New York in 2007 and have been struggling to get heard, but with this video (posted 2 November 2010) they may gain new fans.
Zharinov is a dance instructor and competitor at, where else? The Fred Astaire Dance Studio in the NYC East Side.
Zharinov actually does have a partner, Galina Detkina. They are Fred Astaire National Professional American Smooth champions, United States National Professional American Smooth finalists, Ohio Star Ball Professional American Smooth finalists and Ohio Star Ball Professional American Smooth Show dance winners. Originally from Volgograd, Russia, he has a master’s in choreography and dance education. He also speaks English, French, Russian and Spanish. His students love him; he holds the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Best of the Best Teacher Award for 2008 and 2009.
Fred Astaire was a film and Broadway dancer and actor. He made ten films with Ginger Rogers. Born in Omaha, Nebraska (1868), he died in Los Angeles (22 June 1987). His family moved to NYC in 1905, hoping that Adele and Fred “Astaire” (their original last name was Austerlitz) could make it in show business. They got their Broadway break in 1917 in “Over the Top.” When his sister Adele got married and retired from the biz, Fred Astaire went to Hollywood. In 1933 he appeared in the MGM “Dancing Lady.” He would also appear with Rogers in “Flying Down to Rio” for RKO (his studio). In the late 1940s, Astaire opened up the Fred Astaire Dance Studios.
- 1950: Honorary Academy Award
- 1951: Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical or Comedy “Three Little Words”
- 1959: Emmy for Best Single Performance for “An Evening with Fred Astaire”
- 1961: Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award
- 1975: Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor “The Towering Inferno”
- 1976: BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor “The Towering Inferno”
- 1978: Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Special “A Family Upside Down”
- 1981 American Film Institute Life Achievement Award
New York dance lovers might want to check out Zharinov and his partner Galina Detkina who was born in Siberia but came to the US in 1997. Detkina holds the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Top Female Teacher Award for 2007, 2008 and 2009. The dance couple was featured on PBS show, “America’s Ballroom Challenge.”
Fred Astaire Dance Studio
- 328 East 61st Street (between 1st and 2nd avenues), fifth floor
- NYC, NY 10065