any oscar movies you think = WHAT THE HECK ! in General Discussions Posted December 11, 2006 I am new to this forum but I had to put in my opinion on Fred. Astaire and Gene. Kelly. I am no fan of either. Kelly, because I don't feel he has any real talent and for some reason his voice grates my nerves and. Astaire because I have always felt he stole his dancing form from Mr. Bojangles. The only credit I ever saw him give Bojangles was that "tribute" he did in blackface! An insult within a compliment. To those that may not know this, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson invented the Stair Dance in the 1920s. .In fact there were many talented black-tap dancers who, dressed as redcaps, had to tap on top of suitcases, danced with brooms in street-cleaning scenes, and even tapped their way up and down streets in the rain while entertaining their audiences in Harlem. In my opinion, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly williingly or unwillingly stole their art form.