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  • Donald Saddler was an original member of the American Ballet Theatre before heading overseas to serve in World War II. With his own company, he danced and created ballets for Maria Karnilova, Patricia Birch, Joe Layton and others.
          Donald choreographed 21 Broadway shows, including Tony Award-winners Wonderful Town and No, No Nanette, Tony Award-nominees On Your Toes, Much Ado About Nothing, as well as The Grand Tour, The Robber Bridegroom, Teddy & Alice, and Milk and Honey. His choreographic credits also include scores of shows on television, in film, and in opera. In 1997, Donald was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

    Donald Saddler
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  • Marge Champion's career began when Walt Disney hired her to be the live-action model for Snow White. She's been a legend in Hollywood since she and her late husband, Gower Champion, became America's most famous dance team in the 1950's. Their work in film, TV and theatre endeared them to generations of Americans, an affection that continues today.
          Marge and Gower Champion starred in such films as Show Boat, Three for the Show, Everything I have is Yours, Give a Girl a Break, Jupiter's Darling, and Lovely to Look At. In 2001 Marge returned to Broadway in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies, where she danced with Donald Saddler, who has been her dancing partner ever since.

    Marge Champion
  • Synopsis

    After celebrated careers, legendary dancers Marge Champion and Donald Saddler became friends while performing together in the Broadway Show Follies (2001). When the show closed, they decided to rent a private studio together where they have been choreographing and rehearsing original dances ever since. At 90 years old, they continue to pursue their passion for life through their love and mastery of dance. It is this passion that has allowed them to persevere through times filled with great joys and heartbreak. Today, Marge and Donald defy stereotypes. They are symbols of the ability to age with strength, optimism and meaning. Marge became famous in the late 1940's when she danced with her husband, Gower Champion, as one of America's most successful dance teams. Together, they starred in major MGM films such as Showboat and Three for the Show, pioneered early television programs, and were featured in many Broadway shows. Donald also began his career in MGM musicals, but his true - and tremendous - success came when he became a dancer and founding member of Ballet Theatre (soon to be American Ballet Theatre), before becoming a distinguished performer on Broadway. After years as a brilliant dancer, Donald moved on to be a premier choreographer of American musical theatre, winning two Tony Awards in the process. KEEP DANCING seamlessly blends 9 decades of archival film and photographs with present day footage to tell a story through dance of the passing of time and the process of aging.

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  • Producer
    Douglas Blair Turnbaugh

    Douglas Blair Turnbaugh was active in the "underground" film movement, in the East Village of Manhattan, shooting Surveillance, Toward SoHo, and other 8mm films. Later, working in SoHo, he painted frames and shot film for multi-media performance art, collaborating with Colette, Joe Lewis and Jean Dupuy's Grommets Art Theatre. His own work was given a one-man show at Artists Space. He matriculated in Film Production at New York University, making a short documentary on Rudolph Nureyev. In Paris, he worked with Christopher Miles at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique, and created the dance sequences for Vol D'Oiseau, and with Robert Enrico on his trilogy Au Coeur de la Vie, one section of which, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", became a staple on US television's The Twilight Zone. From his experience as a professional student at the School of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, his personal acquaintance with Russian dancers, and as a writer/historian of ballet [he was the first dance critic for New York Magazine], he created and produced the internationally acclaimed documentary Ballets Russes. Forthcoming productions: Maria Rivas' documentary of her Mia Slavenska: A Dancer's Odyssey and Kyle Tregurtha's The Discovery of Tahiti. His next film will be a documentary on the life and art of American painter Patrick Angus. He is the recipient of the Diaghilev Medal [Russia] and the Nijinsky Medal [Poland].

    “Mr. Turnbaugh, for me, makes the highbrow life palatable.”
    - Quentin Crisp, The Diary of Quentin Crisp

    Director
    Greg Vander Veer

    Greg Vander Veer has worked with legendary documentary filmmaker, Albert Maysles, on several projects. He was a cameraman for the recent film Sally Gross: The Pleasure of Stillness, about the ground-breaking dancer and choreographer. He was also a cameraman on the upcoming film Lucky Dog. For Allee Willis, composer of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, Greg filmed a detailed account of backstage activities for the two-year duration of the show. He is also a video contributor and co-editor of IndexMagazine.com. Greg attended Hendrix College where he received a BA for Interdisciplinary Studies: Historical Film. During this period, he spent one year at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia where he studied Documentary Film Production. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    Editor
    Elisa Da Prato

    Elisa Da Prato is a writer, director and editor currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She worked for documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner on several films featuring artists such as The Who, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Elisa curates a short film program at various venues in New York City and is currently developing a documentary film about the musical properties of the brain. She studied motion picture production at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.

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    Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Berkshire International Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, The Virginia Film Festival, Williamstown Film Festival, Dallas Video Festival, Big Bear Lake International Film Festival

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