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    Quote Originally Posted by elfinchilde View Post
    ^ they say installing a pole in the bedroom does wonders for the marriage.

    victor: great to know your definition of dance encompasses more than mere physical movement.
    Rather than dancing for performance, I prefer dancing with my inner life.

    After all, we dance for joy.

    And joy is a full and spontaneous expression of our inner life.

    Also, I forgot to mention, I like dancing in my imagination.

    I can dance in my imagination just as I am walking along the street.

    And dancing in my imagination, I can dance anywhere - I love to imagine dancing on the bonnets of moving motor cars - or I like imagining dancing from tree top to tree top.

    Sometimes I imagine dancing around the people nearby.

    Of course no one knows what I am imagining - I am just an ordinary person walking along the street.

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    Ah, Fineline, i see what you mean. Yes, it certainly would be a good idea to have the paramedics in on the private performance.

    How about the rhumba, or the tango? The argentine tango! If you've learnt for 8 years and can do the mambo, a slow tango shouldn't be a problem.

    YouTube - Professional Argentine Tango - Strictly Come Dancing 2006 (minus the leaps and swirls upside down in this vid, of course. )

    victor, a quote for you: "As always, we dance the dance of life alone."--An ancient Sikh saying


    edit: if a slow tango is more appealing: YouTube - Walter Perez NYC Tango Lesson V.125 Slow tango 3
    You gave me hyacinths first a year ago;
    They called me the hyacinth girl.
    Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
    Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
    Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
    Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,
    Looking into the heart of light, the silence.

    --T.S Eliot, The Wasteland

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    Quote Originally Posted by elfinchilde View Post
    victor, a quote for you: "As always, we dance the dance of life alone."--An ancient Sikh saying
    Quite so. But I do love dancing with a partner.

    Victor.

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    Aw, Fineline, never too old, I've had ladies of 50s in my classes, and it is wonderful to see their self-confidence.

    The young have figures, but no self-assurance. They tend to dance to prove something. Not for the music, nor for the partner. Older dancers have experience, and from there, a better sense of self. The moves are more real then, less show.

    salsa!

    I do the club version though - as in social salsa, because I don't have a partner. I typically dance LA style, though if the lead is good, I can follow on 2 (NY) and cuban.

    Other club dances which are fun are the merengue and bachata too, though I avoid sleazy men for the latter, as it is a close contact dance. The latter is a dance from the Dominican republic, by the blue-collar classes. Was a way of escape from the weariness of daily life. The music tends to speak of passion, love, loss. Much rawer and more sensual vs the stylised lines of latin ballroom. One of my favourite videos here: Solo por un beso (For a single kiss.. sorry to those who've seen it before )

    FM, c'mon, NT, get up... your processing speed.


    Victor, yes. That's why I love dance. It is a catharsis for me. For the things beyond words. For those hours, it is just the studio, me, the floor, the music. And that's all that matters. How I can write the music into form and life with the body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineLine View Post
    My wife and I are in our 50s. I think clambering up and down a pole would be a prelude for a heart attack rather than romance.

    But for you younger gals: By all means, carry on!

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    I am mildly extroverted so I do enjoy dancing for others. But the problem I have with performance dancing is that you are concerned about how others are seeing you. Rather I would prefer to focus on the dance and my partner and how we are feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elfinchilde View Post
    Ah, Fineline, i see what you mean. Yes, it certainly would be a good idea to have the paramedics in on the private performance.

    How about the rhumba, or the tango? The argentine tango! If you've learnt for 8 years and can do the mambo, a slow tango shouldn't be a problem.
    Wait a sec--we're back out of the bedroom and on the dance floor again, right? (I don't think there's room in the bedroom for a proper tango.)

    Actually, my wife and I do a pretty solid intermediate-level ballroom Tango. It's one of the more dramatic dances, with lots of direction changes, dips, sweeps, and sudden change-ups. Lots of movement around the floor. The wife likes it a lot. And the music is fun--you can always tell when the band strikes up a tango.

    Argentine Tango--we don't do that one so much. It's more poised and requires a lot of fine muscular control. My wife fights it a bit, so we've never gotten much beyond the basics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineLine View Post

    Argentine Tango--we don't do that one so much. It's more poised and requires a lot of fine muscular control. My wife fights it a bit, so we've never gotten much beyond the basics.
    You mean your lead is not definite enough for her It takes two in a dance....

    Yes Victor, not performance for me. I've never performed salsa. Only performed exotic dance once, and that was at the request of my teacher. She basically threatened to stop teaching me unless I get out there to perform . You take your dance to a new level when you dare show to a crowd.

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    Another interesting way to dance is by massage.

    And the massage may just be the head and throat of your partner.

    And rather than following a routine, you can let your hands dance to the person you are massaging.

    So your hands follow the tension and relaxation in your partner's head and throat - your hands follow the slight movements of your partner's face - and most important your hands may follow the breathing of your partner.

    So essentially your partner is leading the massage dance and your dancing hands are following.

    This can lead to a very close reading of your partner's immediate feelings.

    I do think it is a mistake for the masseur to try to lead the partner - it tends to not work very well.

    But dancing hands following the breathing and feelings of your partner hit the spot.

    Victor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aelan View Post
    Aw, Fineline, never too old, I've had ladies of 50s in my classes, and it is wonderful to see their self-confidence.

    The young have figures, but no self-assurance. They tend to dance to prove something. Not for the music, nor for the partner. Older dancers have experience, and from there, a better sense of self. The moves are more real then, less show.
    I wouldn't object, myself. But I don't really see the wife getting on board with the idea of a brass pole installed in the bedroom.

    Who knows though. Like I say, if she takes an interest in a class on her own initiative...

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    salsa!

    I do the club version though - as in social salsa, because I don't have a partner. I typically dance LA style, though if the lead is good, I can follow on 2 (NY) and cuban.

    Other club dances which are fun are the merengue and bachata too, though I avoid sleazy men for the latter, as it is a close contact dance. The latter is a dance from the Dominican republic, by the blue-collar classes. Was a way of escape from the weariness of daily life. The music tends to speak of passion, love, loss. Much rawer and more sensual vs the stylised lines of latin ballroom. One of my favourite videos here: Solo por un beso (For a single kiss.. sorry to those who've seen it before )
    I don't know the bachata. We haven't been doing the club dances much. I'll definitely check out the video--I'm curious. But the merengue is included in some Latin/Ballroom protocols, so we actually dance the merengue pretty frequently.

    How about Hustle--anyone still doing that in the clubs these days? We dance it in the ballrooms pretty frequently. It's a fast-paced turning dance; it's not the old original Hustle from the 70s, which had a lot of arm-waving and toe-tapping.

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    FM, c'mon, NT, get up... your processing speed.
    It's the wife's computer. I tell her to get DSL or whatever, but she keeps procrastinating. She mostly just uses it for email.

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