Rita Hayworth, Stayin’ Alive

Did you know that you can take a bunch of footage of Rita Hayworth and her various costars (including Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly) dancing, put it to the music of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, and it works perfectly?

My mom sent me this link, and I spent the whole video bouncing and grinning like a fool. Alas, embedding is disabled by the poster’s request, so you’ll have to go to YouTube to watch it. Really, it’s worth it.

I do have to add that Rita and her pals were much more stylish in their dancing than John Travolta. Better clothes, too…mostly.

(Related side note: every time I was certified in CPR at work, the instructions for how to count off the chest compressions seemed to change. But the last one I received was hands down the best: Sing “Stayin’ Alive” in your head and do the chest compressions to the beat. Now that I could remember.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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8 Responses to Rita Hayworth, Stayin’ Alive

  1. Carys says:

    Yep – grinning like a fool.

  2. Kas says:

    Have to agree with you there, that was awesome!!

  3. Lilaine says:

    Awesome !
    Those musicals stars knew how to dance, that’s for sure. πŸ™‚
    And the disco rhythm of Staying Alive is obviously applicable to the dance moves from the musicals(which where quite rhythmic if I remember well). Would have been different with How Deep Is Your Love, though… (unless you’re a conger, of course ;))
    What’s obvious(and awesome), too, is the enormous work of selection and edition on the images to make them coincide exactly(even the singing!) with the sound track! :O
    The Staying Alive CPR trick is excellent! πŸ™‚

  4. Ana_Γ± says:

    Dear Oregon Expat’s mother,
    Thank you very much, you have made my day!!!

    Dear Oregon Expat,
    Great! Tell your mother I say thank you πŸ™‚

  5. Lisa Shaw says:

    The 104 beats per minute in that song seems to be the ideal tempo for dancing. Also for walking on the treadmill or riding any kind of bike for a good heart-pumping workout. πŸ™‚ Nice video.

    • Ana_Γ± says:

      Certainly! That is why I found this video so surprising. Not a tiresome bore, but a combination of funny and graceful dancing, an unpleasant falsetto voice singing to a metronome :-), and hard editing work by a devoted fan. All that resulted in this half anachronistic and half timeless, lively and cheerful video.

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