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It does seem unfair someone so musical should have an I-won't-dance husband. I envy you your delight in music. Folks who can lose themselves in music and dance almost have a special 'sense' added to the normal five.
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I feel the same way. I dance in my kitchen. I hum and wriggle across the back porch to music I play in my head. I love watching the dance, I don't have to be able to do it well myself, thank Goodness.
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And why shouldn't you like hip hop. It's the wild dance of the times. It's our own contribution to the history of dance. Hip hop and break dancing. Exuberant. Handsome. Exciting. Lovely stuff
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There's something delightfully feminine about dancing. I wish I got to do more of it. Feeling 'Like a Princess' is exactly right. One does.
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I'm headed out to RWA National in a few days. There's a miniconference first -- put on by the special chapter for Regency writers -- and a ball that gives the re-enactors a chance to do period dances. I am so looking forward to that.
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I love Lucy Worsley. I have a playlist at Youtube with lots of documentaries about the Georgian and Regency period. A good many of them are hers. I didn't review that video for this posting, but I'll go back and see it now.
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Rather nice to think of old biddies standing on the sideline, disapproving.i
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Sad to lose that particular great pleasure. And square dancing clubs are as much about socializing as the dancing. For me, blogging about things I can no longer do and places I can no longer go is a great pleasure. Not full compensation, of course. But something.
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A fine thing to have on one's bucket list. It's the sort of stuff one might actually do. And enjoy. And continue enjoying. Tahiti (on mine) seems less likely.
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Wow. That reminds me so much of the jitterbug -- but fancier. Lively and lovely.
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I will have to go find some videos of that. I haven't seen it that I remember and it sounds lovely. (Who knows. Maybe some writing friend will add a dance scene to one of their Scottish historicals.)
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Those TV programs are raising a whole generation of watchers who can now catch some of the fine points of the dancing arts. All kinds of dance. We are richer for the education.
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Dance madness in the Regency. What's not to like? One thing -- of many things -- I enjoy about the little bits of history we pick up while writing is the way these tie to the Now. I wonder how many people fell in love because they danced with somebody. (jo wanders off humming 'Blame it on the Bossa Nova')
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Your wish. My command. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiuloBasqf4
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It is definitely time to revive the polka. Yes! Now I'm seeing all these 20-somethings with piercing and tattoos whirling around doing polkas. And it looks good!
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I wish they'd teach dancing in gym classes in the high schools. I don't care if it's Tahiti temple dancing or Hopi corn dance or Hawaiian hula. Dancing is old and important and human. Everybody should do it. When you Fox Trot you're joining a tradition as old as mankind. People danced before they learned to eat cooked food. I am so glad you and your husband get joy out of it.
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You had yer 'waltz music' in England from the 1790s onward which was not a 'waltz dance' but could be used for country dancing and that gives us so much opportunity for confusion. I do think there's indication the European style waltz was danced in England in the early years of the century. Have a look at http://regencydances.org/paper013.php and see what you think. It occurs to me Byron may well have been saying, "1811 is when my set took it up' or simply being imprecise ... as why should he not.
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Woo woo. I think the root of tango must be flamenco. All that pride and stomping.
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I have a feeling people dance less than they did even twenty years ago. Is this my imagination or do I just live in a dance-free zone or something? Did we all give up dancing for aerobics? Now that I've written this post I want to go learn English Country Dance, or even square dance. I just don't have the time ...
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Oh yes. I don't want to just tango. I want to be the kind of woman who tangos. (This might involve clenching a rose in my teeth -- though I would remove all the thorns first. Otherwise, Ouch.)
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I used to jitterbug when I was young. I LOVED it. Now that is a dance.
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I enjoy waltzing. Or, at least, I did when I had the opportunity to do it. I find the waltz both easy and ... romantic.
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Now if you happen to live where they do English Country Dance or one of the other traditional dances, you'd find fellow enthusiasts who'd be glad to teach you. Are there similar groups for Waltz and Ballroom Dancing? I wouldn't be at all surprised.
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But then Darcy dances with Elizabeth and suddenly the point of dancing becomes, shall we say, more obvious to him ...
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I am terribly impressed by the reenactors who do English Country Dancing as it would have existed in the Regency. And they seem to have so much fun. It's a social activity, it looks like.
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