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Dance fo the Day - Cha Cha [Mar. 28th, 2011|12:39 pm]

This is a performance Ruth and I did back in October. Took a long time to get it up.

[User Picture]From: helivoy
2011-03-28 06:26 pm (UTC)
Loved the part where she flings away the glasses! And glad to have a sense of what you look like.
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[User Picture]From: suburbaknght
2011-03-29 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

When we were choreographing this I kept thinking of Juliet McMains' book The Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Dance Industry in which one of her main criticisms is that the artistry of ballroom dance as performance is that it seems incapable of telling any story beyond that of heterosexual love story. While I disagree with much of what McMains has to say she does have a point, and Latin dance is particularly egregious in that the only stories Latin show dances seem to tell is, "Boy and girl are in love (happy ending)," and "Boy and girl are in love (tragic ending)." How dull! Moreover, how ridiculous! Even if you're determined to limit dance to depicting courtship, does anyone really believe those are the only two outcomes?

When Ruth and I were listening to the music it occurred to me that we could show how silly that idea was. While unrequited love has been frequently depicted in ballroom and Latin dance, in real life most of those feelings aren't, "I love him/her so much and my heart is breaking because he/she doesn't love me back! My existence is meaningless without him/her!" Usually they're along the lines of, "He/she's just not that into you." And someone who refuses to take the hint isn't a romantic ardent lover; he or she is annoying at best and creepy at worst.

We thought we could have more fun and *gasp* actually work some humor into the piece if we went with annoying.
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