Dance Is A Man’s Sport, Too


Dance Is A Man's Sport, Too was commissioned by Gene Kelly for the sequel to his 1958 television special “Dancing: A Man’s Game.”

Peter Martins, then principal dancer for the New York City Ballet, Lynn Swann, star wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tharp dance to a traditional Irish jig. The differences in each performer’s physical training and approach to the choreography are highlighted; their speed and agility measured against the lined backdrop. When asked about his experience, Swann simply stated, “My thighs hurt.”


  • Swann, Tharp and Martins perform on set. ©Twyla Tharp


Swann, Martins and Tharp perform.
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