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Ziegfeld Girl
Dancers descend next to a staircase in a scene from the film 'Ziegfeld Girl', directed Robert Z Leonard and Busby Berkeley, 1941. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)

Dance Routines Choreographed To Look Like Kaleidoscopes

Watching Busby Berkeley’s choreography was like looking at dance through a kaleidoscope, with complicated rhythms of mathematical precision.

The son of stage actress Gertrude Berkeley, Busby first appeared on stage at age five, and went on to become the dance director for numerous Broadway musicals, garnering praise for arranging large numbers of dancers into elaborate geometric formations.

Berkeley brought this signature style to the big screen, choreographing dances for Eddie Cantor’s musicals. Expanding beyond the limits of the stage, he took advantage of top-down camera angles to transform groups of dancers into shifting kaleidoscopic works of art.

Berkeley choreographed numerous musicals for Warner Brothers throughout the 1930s, and directed several as well.

His personal life was as complicated as his choreography. Berkeley was married six times, and was tried three times for second-degree murder stemming from a 1935 car crash before being acquitted.

By the time he left show business in 1962, Berkeley had credits on nearly 80 films.

Ring Of Fire
1932: Dolores del Rio (Delores Martinez Asunsolo y Lopez Negrete) (1905 – 1983) performs a ritual Polynesian dance surrounded by natives, choreographed by Busby Berkeley, in a scene from the island adventure ‘Bird of Paradise’, directed by King Vidor for RKO. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
Gold Diggers
1933: The famous ‘Remember My Forgotten Men’ sequence from the Busby Berkeley film ‘Gold Diggers Of 1933’, directed by Mervyn Le Roy for Warner Brothers. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Stage Struck
circa 1935: Production work on the film ‘Stage Struck’ a Warner Brothers production with direction by Busby Berkeley. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Gold Diggers Of 1935
A line of pianists in a musical interlude from the Busby Berkeley film ‘Gold Diggers of 1935’, 1935. (Photo by Vintage Images/Getty Images)
Ziegfeld Girl
Dancers descend next to a staircase in a scene from the film ‘Ziegfeld Girl’, directed Robert Z Leonard and Busby Berkeley, 1941. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
James Stewart is surrounded by dancers in a scene from the film 'Ziegfeld Girl',  directed Robert Z Leonard and Busby Berkeley, 1941. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
James Stewart is surrounded by dancers in a scene from the film ‘Ziegfeld Girl’, directed Robert Z Leonard and Busby Berkeley, 1941. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
Judy Garland And Mickey Rooney In 'Girl Crazy'
Busby Berkeley directing scene with Judy Garland, Tommy Dorsey, and Mickey Rooney from the film ‘Girl Crazy’, 1943. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
Berkeley's Girls
circa 1930: Chorus girls surrounding the American director and choreographer of musical films, Busby Berkeley (1895 – 1976). (Photo by Margaret Chute/Getty Images)
Busby's Girls
1933: An example of one of the kaleidoscopic images utilising mirrors and hundreds of dancers, invented by American choreographer Busby Berkeley. A scene from the film ‘Footlight Parade’, directed by Lloyd Bacon for Warner Brothers. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Busby Beauties
1933: A scene from the musical ‘Footlight Parade’, choreographed by Busby Berkeley. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
American choreographer and film director Busby Berkeley (1895 - 1976), noted for his mobile camera work and kaleidoscopic routines using large numbers of chorus-girls.    (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
American choreographer and film director Busby Berkeley (1895 – 1976), noted for his mobile camera work and kaleidoscopic routines using large numbers of chorus-girls. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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