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Seriously, the cha cha is so easy:
You go, Barack step back, cha cha cha, Barack step front, cha cha cha
If it’s too hard at first, just Biden’ your time, it will get easier!
This is one of the sillier photoshopped images of the politicians going around. It is nice to have some levity, not to mention some dancing in this ever more intense and dirty campaign season.
Early voting has started in many states. Here in Virginia, it began on the 15th. I cast my vote for Obama today, and it feels so good! If you need information about voting and early voting, go to Vote for Change and they’ll tell you when and where you can vote in your state.
Speaking of dancing with the candidates, I leave you with this now-classic clip of Barack Obama on Ellen:
The title of this post is an age-old philosophical question, but I think it’s good to ask ourselves this question from time to time. Particularly as dance becomes a more common element in mass media, it’s important to think about what we value in dance and in art. Some might argue with even the practice of putting labels on things, but this is a blog about dance, I am passionate about dance, and given that, there are obviously some boundaries in my mind as to what constitutes dance and what does not.
I also ask, is all dance art? And if all dance is art, then how do we classify movement that is not art? What is art?
The source of all this soul-searching was this video that Loren sent me:
Without question, this is an incredible video. According to YouTube, these are the 100 dancers and acrobats of the Great Chinese State Circus; I believe the title for the work would be “Swan Lake on LSD.”
The ballet in this is not bad at all. Very technically proficient, and beautiful lines. I can’t fathom the amount of center and control it takes to dance en pointe on that guys’s head and shoulders while he is walking around. The frogs were very frog-like and very entertaining. But I ask, if all the acrobatics and head pointe dancing were taken out, would this video have had over 3.3 million hits on youtube? More importantly, would it be seen as anything special by dance and art lovers, other than another nice execution of swan lake?
Are acrobatics dance? Are acrobatics art? The following video of the Pilobolus “Dance Company” (I’ve added the quotation marks, more on that later) made me ask those two questions when I first saw it on Ariel’s blog:
For me, this is definitely art– a fantastically creative and sculptural treatment of the human body. But I’m not so sure that it’s dance. To me it falls more into the categories of acrobatics and contortionism. Yes Pilobolus calls itself a dance company. Is that because it holds that movement + art = dance? Yet take some of the mindless pap you see on shows like Dancing With the Stars…it’s definitely dance, but it sure ain’t art. At least not in my book. Even on the shows I enjoy, such as So You Think You Can Dance, acrobatics are often thrown in the mix in order to pander to attention-deficient viewers who need explosive movements and crazy physical feats to hold their attention. The line between dance and acrobatics is often blurred, as is the line between what I consider art and what I would not consider art, but nonetheless find fun and entertaining.
We have a question from a reader, Maria (great name, btw!) who points out that the tango shoes she’s seeing are a lot sexier than salsa shoes. She wants to know if she could use tango shoes for salsa.
I have a tanguera friend who does wear her tango shoes to the salsa club sometime, so I know it’s possible.
Can we hear from anyone with experience in this? What are the characteristics of tango shoes? When I think of good salsa shoes, I think flexible suede sole, reinforced heel, and an ankle strap that holds the shoe securely to the foot. Does your average pair of comme il fauts come close to this?
Those first actors a girl gets a crush on early in life will always have a special place in her heart. Thanks to his amazing role in Dirty Dancing, Patrick Swayze was one of my first silver screen loves, and may have contributed to my preference for bad boy types. Thus, the news that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer saddens me.
The vast majority of my traffic over the past week or two has been generated by people looking for pictures and news of Patrick (via this post)– so to all my new readers that found their way here thanks to him, and of course, for Johnny Castle himself, here is a little compilation of some of his finest dance moments.
One Last Dance: I haven’t seen this one but it looks like it’s got some great dance scenes in it, and of course, Patrick…
Patrick’s cameo in Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights. His dance partner, Joann Jansen is also making a cameo– she is actually the film’s choreographer and the story line was based on her own life.
I could only find a crappy quality one but I could not omit the Silvia and Mickey scene from Dirty Dancing.
And of course, the Dirty Dancing finale, the scene we’ll never forget…
Finally, no dancing here, but I had to end with the most deliciously crappy scene in the history of cinema, co-starring Patrick and the stupidest, most beautiful man on earth (and my other first love, ever since Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure), Keanu Reeves. I give you the final scene from Point Break
Vaya con dios, Patrick; may you get well soon!
I haven’t seen this show because I don’t get cable (except I still get Bravo for some reason… shhh, don’t tell the cable company!), but here’s another dance-centered show on TV: MTV’s Made. Say what you will about these shows, but if I have a choice between watching a crappy show about dance and a crappy show not about dance, I’d rather watch the crappy show about dance. Unless that show is Dancing With the Stars. But I digress.
MTV sent out a press release that there will be some new episodes starting January 7th. The premise of the show is that they transform someone who wants to break out of their shell and learn a new skill or assume a new identity. Several involve dreams of being dancers, including a “bookworm” who wants to be a ballerina, a “clumsy goofball” who learns to ballroom dance, and “the town tomboy” who dreams of becoming a “graceful, girly figure skater.”
If you have seen this show, let me know what you think.
Click “read more” for the full press release, containing episode summaries and air times.