It’s also interesting to see how Fairchild’s intense classical training lends a different accent to his (charming) rendering of Kelly’s choreography (as staged by Woetzel). His feet are distinctly pointed when it’s not really called for, his turns and poses just a shade too precise when they should look tossed off. He could also work on prop use – the hat could play a bigger role here.
I have to agree with these observations. Fairchild is indeed, a fine technician, but as of now doesn't possess that extraordinary improvised look to the dancing that Kelly brought to everything he did. Yes, Kelly was "choreographed" also, but somehow it did always look "tossed off". As if he just decided that moment to "dance". That was his "joy". His smile told it all! His legs weren't always straight, his toes weren't pointed like ballet dancers tend to do. His upper body at times looked like he drove a truck rather than danced piroettes. His approach to the music didn't seem to be from counts or beats, but rather from some internal relationship he had with the band. And yes, the hat needs work! Notice how Kelly has his down over his eyes at a steep angle, almost hiding his face. Except for that smile! I'm hoping more research and rehearsal will help Fairchild in one way, but in another, I hope he just forgets all he knows about dance and just lets it happen.