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Arlene Croce

  • Two big Cossacks have to carry him [Fred Astaire] protesting onto the dance floor, and there he does his longest and most absorbing solo of the series so far, full of stork-legged steps on toe, wheeling pirouettes in which he seems to be winding one leg around the other, and those ratcheting tap clusters that fall like loose change from his pockets.

  • Style consists in maintaining a convincing reality all through a piece. It's like wearing a garment that looks as if it might have been made for you even if it wasn't.

  • True genius doesn't fulfill expectations, it shatters them ...

  • ... a masterpiece doesn't so much transcend its time as perpetuate it; it keeps its moment alive.

  • Good choreography fuses eye, ear, and mind ...

  • Writing is the process by which you explain to yourself what happened to you.

    • Arlene Croce
  • To think of criticism as a conversation is to think of it as a social act, something that puts you in touch with other people who may think the way you do.

    • Arlene Croce

Arlene Croce, U.S. dance/film critic

(1934)

Full name: Arlene Louise Croce.