A length of leg. A point of toe. A slide of foot. A nudge of knee. A flick of wrist. A hint of thigh. A hand on back. A leap in the heart.* A Swirl of skirt. A Zoot of Suit.
* See below comments…
May 18, 2013
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May 18, 2013 at 1:31 am
Ha! John Stewart, and what a thigh it is. It’s lovely isn’t it?
May 18, 2013 at 1:34 am
She is very graceful…though I think he would have done better without the white shoes accentuating his big feet 😛 Lovely.
May 18, 2013 at 1:39 am
Dee Solberg it’s not quite a Zoot suit, but it’s got that nutty thing goinog on. She rather pulls focus, but his foot work is fabulous!
May 18, 2013 at 1:46 am
I do J.C. Kendall. Wouldn’t you know we’ve found an artistic connection? I never doubted it was there. The Argentine Tango is far and away my favorite dance, the Bolero coming in a close second. How fantastic that you danced amateur competitions. Do you have any videos? I don’t compete, I do it for pleasure and it is one of the things (besides flying) that centers me. In another world, another incarnation, another place and time, I would do it every day.
I am convinced that if all children learned to dance together when they are young there would be no War! Quite a statement I know, but I do believe it….
May 18, 2013 at 1:49 am
Now Greta Kirstin that is a wickedly unfair question…you know it is. I started dancing when I was six (modern), segued to Ballet (not for long) and ended up doing modern Jazz. Wasn’t until I was much older that I became intrigued with Ballroom (not the Waltz mind you). When I was younger it was too “silent” a discipline. But now, so much is incorporated into dance that it “feels” more conversational than it did when I was young and learning when it felt presentational. I appreciate it more now than I ever did way back when…
Still…to be a chanteuse…hmmmm….like Marlene Dietrich? Very possibly…
May 18, 2013 at 1:53 am
John Stewart How can one not have affection for a man who has been to a Tango show? It is the most sensual, the most complex, the most beautiful of dances. It takes forever to understand. Like men and women. So it’s perfect.
May 18, 2013 at 1:58 am
“A zoot of suit” — that’s funny. 🙂
May 18, 2013 at 2:05 am
Now, my dear J.C. Kendall you do know, don’t you, that men get better as they age (if you don’t believe me ask su ann lim). They do everything better (and you can interpret my meaning however you wish about that), which includes dancing. First of all, young, hot, quick and majestic does not necessarily mean passionate, romantic, sensual and graceful. And a firm but gentle touch goes a long way in a dance partner (and you can interpret my meaning however you wish about that too!).
A lovely elderly gentleman I know always says women are like a crisp white wine – drinkable almost immediately – whereas men are like red wine – they have to hang out in the keg for a good long while before they are worth anything!
Greetings Mr. T. Pascal. Every man should own one…don’t you think?
May 18, 2013 at 2:07 am
I second that Giselle Minoli men to tend to improve as they age as a general rule.
May 18, 2013 at 2:08 am
Dear Mr. T. Pascal …you might have guessed that I am experimenting with how much tolerance I have for the Barely Two Visible Text Lines Allowable before it’s Off With Her Head….
May 18, 2013 at 2:14 am
Ah, a good Shiraz. I never said I agree with my elderly gentleman friend J.C. Kendall. I prefer red wine. It has more nuance and mystery.
Thou shalt take Ms. su ann lim for a spin, that’s for sure. Replaced knees are remarkable things and will last you a good long while. And, once again, finesse on the dance floor is better than bravado if you ask me.
May 18, 2013 at 2:17 am
One of the songs in my run mix is a trip hop nuevo tango by Gotan Project:
Watching the tango is mesmerizing. Soon you feel the moves in your body as you tune into one or both of the dancers. I’m happy to hear an appreciation of the aging gentleman. Not so much flash and wasted energy, more confidence and subtlety. Abandonment, but measured abandonment.
May 18, 2013 at 2:24 am
With our partners, perhaps not so much the leap in the air as a leap in the heart. A physical conversation deepened by years of experience. The dance is so romantic and obviously affects the way I write. 🙂
May 18, 2013 at 2:27 am
Ooooohhhhhh Bill Abrams A leap in the heart. May I add that? You are so right. A leap in the heart.
May 18, 2013 at 2:29 am
If it is in your stream, you are welcome to it all.
May 18, 2013 at 2:30 am
Bill Abrams I agree it is a fabulous video. I had seen a clip of it before, but not the whole thing. It’s not easy to search for dance videos on Vimeo. I don’t think they have a clue how to categorize them. And they really should be cross-categorized. It’s a nightmare to find things…Thank you so much for that… Tango is indeed like a boxing match. Boxing match and a lot of other things too!
May 18, 2013 at 2:49 am
Ha! You are full of hints tonight. Tango has that effect. N’est ce pas?
I went down a rabbit hole and found 3 more versions – each quite different
black and white and highly edited:
Live performance: Gotan Project – Santa Maria (HD,1080)
And from Shall We Dance? with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere (a man who caused me to do inverted crunches when I was a lot younger and who has aged quite well):
Shall We Dance? Movie Clip
May 18, 2013 at 3:01 am
The Argentine Tango is most definitely A Rabbit Hole Bill Abrams. It is Oz. It is Wonderland. It is never-ending and sublime. I will check out the additional links…and may indeed disappear…
May 18, 2013 at 3:07 am
Giselle Minoli the new format leaves me cold but I’m sure “they” will fix it. I am not a suit man, nor a dancer. There is a saying “If you can talk you can sing. If you can walk you can dance.” Well, clearly no one has heard me sing or seen me dance. lol
May 18, 2013 at 3:27 am
Hmmm T. Pascal I am not entirely sure who “they” might be, but methinks they don’t know how to Tango. If they did you would be very warm and cozy…not a draft to be felt anywhere!
And, for what it’s worth, I know a teacher who can teach any man to dance…
May 18, 2013 at 3:30 am
Maybe after I’ve aged a bit more. lol.
May 18, 2013 at 6:19 am
May 18, 2013 at 6:23 am
So beautiful, so perfect. Thanks for sharing.
May 18, 2013 at 8:31 am
Loving your description Giselle Minoli
May 18, 2013 at 10:35 am
Once upon a time, there was a golden age that they often recalled.
May 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm
merveileux de precision !
May 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm
There was indeed Dieter Heyer. And we can remember and get closer to that time…by dancing. My parents went dancing every Friday night!
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