Crazy Legs Ray Bolger

By | November 22, 2018

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Dancer Ray Bolger doing the splits while performing a soft shoe dance on stage during Edgar Bergen's Gay '90s party. (Photo by Peter Stackpole/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Ray Bolger is perhaps best known for playing the Scarecrow in the classic, The Wizard of Oz, in which he showed off his comic dancing style. Although he sang and acted in the film, dancing was really Bolger’s forte. Bolger’s elastic dance moves and unique choreography was ahead of its time and he could rival some of the best pop dancers of recent years, including Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Here is a look at the dancing life of crazy legs Ray Bolger. 

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Vaudeville Called. Bolger Answered.

In the early decades of the 1900s, Vaudeville was the chief form of entertainment. Life vaudeville shows were held across the country but the best acts made their way to New York City. In the mid-1920s, Bolger and a partner formed a dance duo known as Sanford and Bolger. The two performed at the top Vaudeville show in the country, to Vaudeville shows at the Palace Theatre in New York City.