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July 23rd, 2009


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10:54 am - Think you'd better dance, y'all
Antibiotics, sinus infection, summer heat, blah blah blah. Let's think and link to Things of the Happy (Dance-Related) today:

*This morning my cardio & full-body workout was scored by New Order, and I up-down-turned-around and got back in touch with 80s joy, hurrah. And why did I think of New Order?

Because of this absolutely AWESOME fanvid for Ashes to Ashes, set to "Temptation" by New Order. Oh, this is everything I love about the show -- kinetic, image-heavy, musically right on the mark, team-heavy as well with perfectly chosen nods to my OTPs for the show --and from the 3:00 mark to the end is just pure joy. (80s and otherwise.) It does have scenes through Season 2 which might be spoilery, but still.

*The Self-Styled Siren posts a link to Fred Astaire singing and dancing to "One for the Road" from The Sky's the Limit. I love Astaire's voice anyway, and this is a great interpretation of the song -- plus, the dance is fierce and funny and athletic and yet elegant. (Well...Fred. Mmmmm.)

*I'm linking to a James Wolcott blog entry which has a link to a truly astonishing slideshow: 24 photos, 20-plus years of Vanity Fair pictures of dancers and the dance. (Like, oh, Gregory Hines, and Ethan Stiefel, and Baryshnikov, and Bill T Jones, and young Mark Morris, and... riches, let's just say. Riches and beauty.)

May you dance today (even if only in dreams).

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From:laurawise
Date:July 23rd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Hugs, joy, and a good day to you, C!
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From:paratti
Date:July 23rd, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Yay for vids hitting the spot.

get well soon, mate.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:July 23rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
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I sometimes forget how much I like New Order until I hear a song of theirs...

[hugs and dances]
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From:julia_here
Date:July 23rd, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the Wolcott link; I just found out that Gelsey Kirkland was in town for a six-week intensive master-class for young dancers (which was, apparently, informed by the damage she's take in pursuing perfection). That would have been a recital to see, and argues I should read the paper more often.

ETA: there's a heavy link between ABT and the northwest; dancers come from here and go there, and then come back to teach. And of couese the two revolutionaries on that list, Merce Cunningham and Mark Morris, are both from here; Merce, in fact, went from Centralia Community College to Nelly Cornish's brand new art school; Mark graduated from high school with, I kid you not, Lynda Barry and Kenny G.

Julia, it bothers me that he has to walk with two canes some days.

Edited at 2009-07-23 05:53 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:July 23rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'm so sorry you missed the Gelsey Kirkland student recital. Alas. :-(

Joan Acocello's biography of Morris spends several chapters talking about his Northwest roots. :-)

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From:gwynnega
Date:July 23rd, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Feel better soon, Lori!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:July 23rd, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Thanks -- the antibiotics do seem to be making a difference. :-)

[hugs and good thoughts]
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From:anne_d
Date:July 23rd, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
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You dance, I'll be all admiration. Two left feet, me.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 23rd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Hee -- I am actually hugely clumsy, so my dancing is not what anyone would deem pretty to look at. It's about the movement for me. ;-)

Good thoughts and hugs for the end of your week!
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:July 24th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
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Awesome fanvid indeed. Thanks for linking.

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From:laurawise
Date:July 24th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
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Isn't the vid great? It even has Viv as part of the team, which I love. [beams]

[hugs]

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