The reason Fred Astaire
was such a consummate dancer,
and the reason his partner,
was such a dynamic match for him,
was that they had a consummate sense of balance.
Fred Astaire knew where his moment of balance was with every step, leap, landing and turn.
He landed with the economy and grace
of an Olympic diver.
Ginger was his magnificent match,
without ever seeming like she was keeping up with him,
always keeping with him
with the grace of a horse jumping a high gate.
Their balance was both dual and individual :
dual/relational -- balancing off each other
individual -- having a sense of where the moment of balance is while moving.
such a beautiful expression of physics,
goes beyond physics
Fred and Ginger,
their consummate sense of balance
and their feeling where the moment of balance would be with each stop or turn,
enabling them to play with each other
without concern for their footing
in the rhythm of the dance.
Everything Fred did, Ginger did
-- backwards in high heels.
It's a moment of balance