The day after what would’ve been dancing legend Fred Astaire’s 120th birthday, his native city honored him with his own street.

The City of Omaha and dance instructor Elizabeth Edwards on Saturday unveiled a commemorative sign for Fred Astaire Avenue on 10th Street at Martha Street, less than a block from the house where he was born.

His street stretches to Castelar Street.

“He’s just the most legendary dancer in all of film,” said Edwards, owner of Omaha Ballroom.

Astaire was born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha in 1899.

Legend has it that he took his first dance steps at the Chambers Dance Academy at age 4.

His father worked at Storz Brewing, but Fred and his sister, Adele, became a vaudeville act.

The family moved from Omaha to New York City in 1905.

He went on to become a legendary dancer and actor, perhaps best known for his work with dancing partner Ginger Rogers — also a Midwesterner, from Independence, Missouri.

“Astaire is one of the most famous actors to be born in Omaha,” says a resolution approved by the City Council last month. “He was an American dancer, singer, actor, television presenter, and choreographer. His stage and film career lasted 76 years.”

The council had approved a similar resolution in 2015.

Astaire received an honorary Oscar for his dance artistry in 1949, as well as numerous other awards.

He died in 1987.

“He changed the map of dancing,” said Gayle Bailey, a friend of Edwards who helped organize the event.

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