Back in 2005, I had the pleasure of meeting a remarkable man at the Port Townsend Film Festival: He was Marc Platt, then in his early 90s, who in his youth was one of the first Americans to dance with the legendary Ballets Russes (he was at the festival with a wonderful documentary about the company, called — not surprisingly — “Ballets Russes“) and had a fine career as a dancer in films and on Broadway. Platt grew up in Seattle, studying dance here with Mary Ann Wells (who was also instrumental in inspiring the dancer/choreographer Robert Joffrey), and managed to land an audition with the Ballets Russes through the help of, he told me, “Mrs. Nelson” — of the Frederick & Nelson department store. After his performing days were finished, Platt ran a dance school with his wife (dancer Jean Goodall) and eventually retired to California. He died there, a few months after happily celebrating his 100th birthday, on March 29.
In memory of Marc Platt, and of a life spent in dance — here’s young, exuberant Marc, dancing an irresistible solo in the 1945 film “Tonight and Every Night,” starring Rita Hayworth. Here’s hoping the dance floor in heaven is shiny-bright.