The Argentine Tango. My favorite dance to do. My favorite dance to watch. Here it is performed on Dancing with the Stars, by Noah Galloway, an Army veteran who lost his left arm and leg when a mine took out the vehicle he was driving.
Dance is many things in addition to being a physical art. It is a language dancers speak not just through the use of their bodies, but through the expression of an interior dialogue accompanied often, but not always, by music, and accompanied, not always, but sometimes, by a partner. Sharna Burgess is Noah’s partner in this Tango.
Dance, above all, is a conversation, and there are few more intimate dance conversations than the one known as the Argentine Tango.
But dance is also a profound form of therapy, as any dancer will tell you. In this case, it is therapy not just for Noah, who prior to his injuries had been an athlete, but for those fortunate to watch this new way in which he has learned to express himself physically.
Dance therapy for injured veterans. Dance is therapy for the audience.
Perhaps we are all 1,000 miles from comfort. But some are even farther than away than that.
Here is a longer video about Noah that comes from Huff Post, which was too long to post here, but explains his injuries and does a Contemporary Dance with Sharna in which he is (ahem…) a wee tad more exposed:
And here is another interview with Noah on ABC:
You can read All about Noah Galloway on his personal website at:
#DancingwithVeterans #NoahGalloway #DancingwiththeStars #DanceTherapy
April 7, 2015 at 12:56 pm
April 7, 2015 at 12:59 pm
Isn’t it though Ayoub Khote. I am humbled by what people overcome and I’m glad that there are vehicles through which people can hear stories such as this. I cannot imagine what these soldiers go through…
April 7, 2015 at 12:59 pm
Bugger, the video is not available “in your country”. 🙁
April 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm
Daniela Huguet Taylor go to Noah’s website. I pulled it off YouTube, but it’s also on his website…perhaps you’ll have some luck. Try these links: http://noahgalloway.com/ AND http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/07/noah-galloway-dancing-with-the-stars_n_7015652.html (This second one is NOT the Tango…it is in fact a more in-depth video about his injuries and also a Contemporary Dance with Sharna. I didn’t post it because it was too long…)
April 7, 2015 at 1:13 pm
Same here Daniela Huguet Taylor
April 7, 2015 at 1:16 pm
Greg Loechel I am bummed and so sorry… Did I miss that even though YouTube is Google-friendly it is proprietary to some States/Countries not to all? Greg Loechel and Daniela Huguet Taylor try this link…it is ABC Television http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/video/cast-announcement/VDKA0_reum14kr
April 7, 2015 at 2:01 pm
No go. I shall see if I can see it through an IP cloaker website.
April 7, 2015 at 2:01 pm
Wasn’t there a girl with no legs on Dancing with the Stars (or similar)? She was pretty amazing too.
April 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm
I don’t know Daniela Huguet Taylor. I don’t watch the show. This particular story just caught my eye. I think the last shows I watched were with Apollo Ohno and Mohammed Ali’s daughter, Laila!
April 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm
Unfortunately, not visible in India
April 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm
He shared a link that doesn’t really work but if you go to YouTube and search for his name and tango, it’ll come under up.
April 7, 2015 at 2:28 pm
I don’t understand why it’s so tricky Irreverent Monk. Maybe the problem is coming from the connection to Dancing With the Stars?
April 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm
Amy Purdy did very well on DWTS; she is the one y’all are thinking of. Noah’s injury is even worse in some ways, because his leg was taken off above the knee, which impedes his movement in that leg even more than was the case with Amy.
April 7, 2015 at 2:33 pm
Steve Brown his physical tone is remarkable given his limitations. In fact, he forces me to redefine what “limitations” means. One of the commentators on DWTS said that with a small dance vocabulary Noah makes a more profound statement. Indeed. I think she called it Dance Haiku.
April 7, 2015 at 10:03 pm
I did need to find another video to see it, it’s amazing !
Thank you for sharing 🙂
April 7, 2015 at 10:55 pm
Hi Jelena Milosevic you are welcome. On the one hand I apologize for causing all of this trouble. On the other hand I am glad that people seem so interested that they are willing to do what they have to do to find out about this man.
You know, I would never want to minimize this man’s personal journey, which is something that I can’t imagine. His open personal vulnerability coupled with his honesty about what happened to him and how he chose to move forward…well, here it is. Thank you for watching…
April 8, 2015 at 6:03 am
Here she is: 【HD】DWTS 18 Finale: Amy & Derek – Perfect Argentine Tango/Cha Cha @ Danc…: https://youtu.be/Ckoimo7amdE
May 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm
Daniela Huguet Taylor that is astonishing. She moves with such extraordinary fluidity and grace. I did not see that because I usually don’t watch the show…because, well…because. Thank you so much for finding this for me. Amy Purdy should dance with Noah Galloway!
May 5, 2015 at 9:29 pm
She is really something!
May 5, 2015 at 9:37 pm
All of her dances are special to watch, here’s another. https://youtu.be/wo-lRlOLVP0
May 6, 2015 at 1:28 am
Everything about this woman Daniela Huguet Taylor is stunning…her spirit, her athleticism, her energy, her focus…and she’s gorgeous. She has turned her prosthetic legs into living and feeling extensions of herself.
Woukd that everyone with such a physical challenge had access to that technology and training. Wow. Thank you for turning me onto her…thank you.
May 6, 2015 at 5:41 am
I felt the same when I came across her, then binged on all her dance videos. Amazing woman.
May 8, 2015 at 7:53 pm
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May 28, 2015 at 1:07 pm
Yes you can
June 9, 2015 at 4:02 am
June 18, 2015 at 6:05 am
I was eagered to see it.. 🙁 nt available in my country. I love tango n felt vry sad fr missing it.
June 18, 2015 at 6:07 am
Hw come it’s nt visible in country lyk india..!!! 🙁
July 10, 2015 at 10:14 pm
Hi Giselle, I hope you don’t mind me asking and posting like this, as I see you are already so busy, but we have a great new Collections Community which we would love for you to share your Collection’s with.
As you will likely already be aware, Collections are not easily searchable and found, so we have created a great place for sharing Collection’s only, to help get them out there, with categories, and allowing hash tags during posting.
We already have around 400 amazing Collection’s, shared and created by hundreds of wonderful members thus far. Please take a look and see if it’s for you, I think you will pleasantly surprised, and it’s open to everyone to join.
All the best to you either way and I wish you well. Steve
July 11, 2015 at 11:35 am
Stephen Peel I don’t mind. Thank you. I was fortunate to have my Dance with me, let me put my arms around you Collection featured by Google+ when it launched Collections. I’d be happy to join the group. It is the most useful “tool” so far that Google+ has offered and so, Yes, it would be a great way to share them with others and to see what other users are doing. I appreciate you letting me know.
July 11, 2015 at 11:54 am
Giselle Minoli thats great, thank you and welcome. I agree, it is a great tool, and it was because I realised my own collections where not so easily found in a search, that I decided a community was the way to go to get them out there. Adding hashtags in the comment box when sharing with us, is really making a big difference too. I am hot on the trail of any new updates and tweaks for Collections to help our members. All the best to you. Steve
July 11, 2015 at 12:43 pm
Thank you for mentioning it to me, Stephen Peel. One of the things that I’m most curious about is that I’m inundated with +1s on so many posts now…but there seems to be “traffic” so to speak to other collections, like my Women Our Time Has Come Collection and so I wonder what the spill over is. Truthfully, I’ve not yet promoted my own Collections because anyone who knows me (well) here knows that I am primarily interested in conversation (of course it’s not possible with everything and shouldn’t be), and I wonder if Collections may be/might be more about awareness than a deeper kind of engagement. Of course it is too early to tell and all will be revealed in time, along with everything else. Still, I am grateful to have them because I find them the best way to curate as a writer, which has always been hard to do on G+!
July 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm
I know what you mean, and I suppose it’s too early to tell how engaging in a textual and conversational way Collections will prove to be, as so few – relatively – have created them or can even create a well authored Collection. In the meantime, check back on us here to see how things are progressing. And I want to wish you well And all the very best. Steve
July 12, 2015 at 1:19 am
Stephen Peel you know I really wonder whether the issue is the difference between the way people interact with photographs as opposed to the way people interact with writers. Responding to a visual – whether it’s a video or a photograph or a graphic – is more immediate, more visceral. It is neither less nor more, but does require, for sure, less time, than reading a post and responding, not only to the poster but to those who take the time to comment. So I tend to think the plethora of +1ing is of the visual varietal, rather than the word varietal. I tend to think this also influences G+’s decision to feature something that is more visually driven than word-driven. It isn’t a competition in any sense of the word…but I am curious about it. Best to you, as well, and thank you for the invite. I do appreciate it.
July 12, 2015 at 3:21 am
Giselle Minoli Me, I react best to an image. Something visual will draw my attention quickly, and I feel that is for most people too. To give you an example in one way: If a person is on their phone and finds a funny image, then attempts to show me, I will usually have no problem taking a look, as I can spare that time and little effort if I am to be rewarded by a laugh or giggle. But if they try to show me a joke that has been written, I will usual avoid it and say read it to me, or just avoid reading it. Not all the time, but some.
When I found your Collection, I saw your image and saw a person, as well as great image, and so approached you. If you had not an image, but some text or company name or logo, I would have been less likely to approach. That’s not to say I would avoid those all the time, but it depends on what I am looking for at a particular time. And I think the same can be said for those that “scroll” through community home pages and on any image driven format like Google+. It’s much easier to +1 something in passing, than it is to stop and have to read something you are unsure you will even like.
I suppose we all have different tastes, and at some point, we will all be looking for an image, or words, an ideal, have time on our hands, have no time at all, or whatever. And whether it’s looking for a book to read from a book shop, looking for an interesting article online or a funny image, or even yet another cat joke, it is the visual first, we need to see something, it has to grab us.
Well it’s 4am in the UK, and back to sleep for me. Take care Giselle and best wishes. Steve
July 12, 2015 at 12:39 pm
I think your comments point to a fundamental issue for wordsmiths: presenting on a platform that caters more to visuals presents a problem and wordsmiths have not been given even the basic publishing tools that would allow them to “compete,” if you will, in that medium. There is no ability to change fonts (color edit and a host of other tools in photography), or to use fonts of different colors (add text, crop, etc. in photography. Even the most elementary tools are missing here and it has been a criticism from the very beginning.
I’m a writer. Words are my paintings, my pictures, my images. I “paint,” “photograph,” “sculpt,” with words and sometimes I use pictures but sometimes I don’t want to use pictures and I know most writers are the same way.
Book covers, for instance, that have a photographic image are not necessarily more powerful than those that use typography. I have a long background in art package design, graphic art and photography in general, but as a writer, social media platforms present problems. Yes, it is “easier” to rifle through posts with appealing photographs. But it is also the dumbing down of the written word, which is an art form in and of itself Stephen Peel. I’m not saying you don’t know this, just reflecting the issues facing writers, poets, journalists, etc. on social media platforms.
July 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm
You really aren’t happy are you, and given your preferences, I can understand it. Google+ has a very long way to go if it wants to be on top, and I too feel it will struggle unless it basically, pulls it’s finger out of it’s …..
In the meantime, we can only work with what we have, or not work at all and move to another platform, but I hold out hope for this one. Hope your enjoying your day. Steve
July 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm
Wow Stephen Peel that’s an incredible leap. That’s where you went with my comment? I’m more than a little surprised. I love what I do, when I write without pictures and when I write with pictures. If I didn’t love what I do I wouldn’t be here and I have been consistently since the second week of Google+, and I wouldn’t take the time to write long-form posts…which comes from loving the conversation that ensues. I also wouldn’t have taken the time to curate my own collections, and to add pictures that I think enhance them, which seems to have been a wise move since one of them was featured for so long. I don’t think we’re disagreeing over anything, but I do think there is something that you might be misunderstanding about a writer who points out the needs of wordsmiths, as opposed to those of visual artists. They both should be respected, championed, encouraged and supported, Yes? I would never in a million years say to a photographer, for instance, who asked for more tools to ply their trade that they seem unhappy. That’s so odd to me. But, I will assume, given the medium, it is just one of those misunderstandings that goes with the territory and we shall leave it at that.
July 12, 2015 at 2:03 pm
Yes, my mind is likely far from that of a writer. I’m a builder, and love what I do, and couldn’t imagine writing as you do. I’m glad we are friends here, and I want us to stay that way, so I won’t try to understand fully your workings as a writer. Hope you are still enjoying your day. 🙂 Steve
July 12, 2015 at 2:41 pm
That was sweet of you Stephen Peel. BTW…I love your own pages here on G+. The photographic images are powerful and compelling and it is obvious that you love the medium of the various visual arts, most especially photography. One of the things that I think is the most powerful part of G+ when it comes to the visual arts is that they are so accessible to so many people all over the world. I am doing a photo safari this week with Cheryl Machat Dorskind, a brilliant photographer, teacher of photography and online and in person mentor to students of photography. You may be interested in her work in that medium and she may be interested in Collections. For what it is worth I introduce the two of you to one another. Have a great week, Steve.
July 12, 2015 at 4:04 pm
Thank you Giselle, that would be great. Steve
July 15, 2015 at 7:07 pm
This video has not been made available for South Africa 🙁
July 16, 2015 at 3:05 am
Indeed Jennifer Diaz-Arundel. 🙁 Try this link, where you can see many of Noah Gallagher’s Dancing With the Stars videos: http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/video/most-recent/VDKA0_j54z2j35
July 16, 2015 at 6:07 am
Still no luck…
July 16, 2015 at 10:59 am