Fred Astaire: The Conference
21–24 JUNE 2008

Chris Bamberger

Chris Bamberger has been researching and delving into the art and life of Fred Astaire since she was a teenager. She has introduced several Astaire films at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as at Harvard University’s Graduate Student Center.

Chris also has taught a three-session continuing education course on Astaire’s career and life. The sessions are designed around challenging the clichés that have grown up around Astaire: that he was a ballroom dancer, that he projected only an aristocratic image, and that his career began with the movies. Chris has presented the course, as well as a two-hour condensation, at community centers, dance schools, and retirement residences. Chris is also the co-moderator of an international Astaire discussion list online, which can be found at

Her longtime interest in film of nearly all genres has led her to write online articles and reviews for such sites as RETROspective Magazine and The Brattle Repertory Theatre in Boston. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, and when not watching movies, dancing, or reading, works as an editor for a trade association.

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