It wasn't part of the choreography when ballerina Natalia Makarova did a sprightly pas de deux with her son, Andre Michel, 19 months, during a PBS filming in New York. She was performing Jerome Robbins' Other Dances with Mikhail Baryshnikov for a program of duets. Natalia and Misha's work will be shown early next year, but that of Misha's rival will never see the light of cathode ray. The camera was not rolling during Andrusha's big number.
Ailey's scarf dance
Hot off a plane from Paris, choreographer Alvin Ailey rushed straight from the airport to the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the new Alvin Ailey American Dance Center on Broadway. Exuberantly, Ailey flipped his scarf over his head, arabesque, and exclaimed, "I'm ecstatic! After 21 years we finally have a home." Sharing his joy were his lead dancer, Judith Jamison, and the even higher-flying Sandy Duncan, who stars just around the block in Peter Pan. The center will not only be a rehearsal hall for Ailey's troup but also a school for new generations of Jamisons.
Niarchos is mum
Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, 70, and Jordan's Princess Ferial, 35-ish, appear to have their own secret, and the Paris talk is that it's a spring wedding for the pair. But of course this rumor has been buzzing for more than two years, and the longtime companion of the six-times-married Niarchos is still legally married to the brother of King Hussein, Prince Mohammed. As insiders point out, in Muslim law the right to divorce rests solely with the husband, and Mohammed has not been exactly princely about the matter.
Shooting his movie, The Blues Brothers, in Chicago (where else?), John Belushi is showing co-star Carrie Fisher his kind of town during breaks. The musical comedy, directed by John (Animal House) Landis, affords Fisher a career breakthrough, of sorts. Having been snowily costumed in her first two film roles—as a compliant tennis player in Shampoo and Princess Leia in Star Wars—this will be the first time she actually wears something in movies that isn't white. Which is not to say high fashion. "In this movie it's more like Sears chic," says Carrie. "I play a very polyester person."
Pierre cuts loose
Things haven't been going too smoothly of late for Canada's former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Like last month he suffered a shiner in a wood-chopping accident. But just after his 60th birthday he proved that his estranged wife, Margaret, was not the only Trudeau with dancing feet. While his backdrop, at the Liberal Party Congress in a Montreal junior college, wasn't as trendy as Maggie's hangouts, Trudeau displayed some pretty convincing moves, boogeying to the tune Born To Be Alive.
A royal procession
Two months after they were severely injured in the explosion that killed Lord Mountbatten, his son-in-law and daughter, Lord and Lady Brabourne, wheeled gamely into Romsey Abbey in Hampshire. The occasion was the wedding of their film producer son, Lord Romsey, to Penelope Eastwood. Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Charles (who was best man) were there too—along with Scotland Yard agents who blanketed the area against possible further terrorist attacks by the Irish Republican Army.
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