Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday 461 : 16 March 2019

Kids dancing: timeless and this week’s inspiration for Sepia Saturday. I wanted some variety: proms, sock hops, the Charleston, what have you.

What gives with the shoes at a sock hop?

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The Charleston, n.d.

The young man’s hair reminds me of the 1950s.

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Square dancing, Helvetia Fair, n.d.

But they’re wearing shoes. Wikipedia states that at sock hops dancers removed their shoes. Hmm.

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Sepia Saturday

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Dance is this week’s Sepia Saturday theme and I have found all kinds of different dances and dancers. Enjoy!

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Dancing in an Egyptian Tomb, National Archives of Estonia, 1910

I’m not convinced that’s a real tomb.

Ruth St. Denis (above) was an early pioneer of modern dance. She taught Martha Graham.

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Japanese high school girls learning to dance – 1926

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Midsummer Dance, Swedish Heritage Board, 1931

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VFW Hall Dance, US National Archives, 1946

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This week we’re tripping the light fantastic and sharing photos about dancers or dancing.

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Valentina Blinova in L’Oiseau de feu [The Firebird], Ballets Russes, Sydney, 1936-1937 / Max Dupain

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Russian ballet dancer. Source: National Library of Australia. Circa 1936.

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Greek Dancing, British Museum, 1890

 

How to Dance the Charleston

Singing in the Rain

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Graceful Carriage is the theme. It’s something I wish I had more of. Here’s three photos I found on Flickr Commons that capture the theme. If you’d like to see more responses to the prompt, click here.

I hope you enjoy them.

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Source: Archives Reykjaviku, n.d.

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National Science and Media Museum, 1935

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Jewish Historical Society, 1950

From the Writer’s Almanac

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Fred Astaire.

I love the charm and elegance Astaire brought to the screen. I should watch or rewatch some of these films.

Fred Astaire, born Frederick Austerlitz, in Omaha, Nebraska (1899), made dancing look effortless on screen and stage, and the writer John O’Hara called him the “living symbol of all that is the best of show business.”

He started dancing when he was four, and when he was six he formed an act with his sister, Adele, that became a popular vaudeville attraction on Broadway. When Adele retired in 1932, Astaire made a screen test. The movie executive wrote: “Can’t act, can’t sing. Balding. Can dance a little.” Still, Astaire got a part in Dancing Lady(1933). It starred Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, and the Three Stooges.

He’s famous for the movies he made with his dancing partner Ginger Rogers: classics like The Gay Divorcee (1934), Top Hat (1935), and Swing Time (1936). They rubbed off on each another. People said she gave him sex appeal, and he gave her class. Their only on-screen kiss came in the movie Carefree (1938), in a dream sequence.

He was a perfectionist who worked up to 18 hours a day. He said, “The only way I know to get a good show is to practice, sweat, rehearse, and worry.” He demanded the same of his partners. One scene in Swing Time took 47 takes to film, and by the end Ginger’s feet were bleeding. In the film, she says, “I’ve danced with you. I’m never going to dance again.”

In one routine, Astaire had to toss an umbrella across a room, into an umbrella stand. He said: “I did it 45 times, and it always hit the edge. So I said, ‘That’s it! Tomorrow morning, first thing, I’m coming back, and I’m going to get [it].’ […] I came back next morning fresh as a daisy, and that umbrella went into the stand on the first take.”

He kept dancing until late in his life. At age 50, he said: “How do I keep going? What do I do? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I don’t eat health foods. I never dance unless I have to. I don’t work out in a gym. Vitamin pills? Never! Who needs ’em?” He said: “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.”

He said: “The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it’s considered to be your style.”

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Flamenco Carmen

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As part of the 10th China Art Festival here in Jinan, some friends and I got to go to the Murcia Flamenco Ballet Company’s Carmen.

It blew me away. Such passion! such color! Such dancing!

I’ve been thinking about it all day. I’d go back again if last night weren’t the last night. It was just perfect. Now I think all Carmen’s should have flamenco dancing. It just seems natural.

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I’d forgotten how much I love Spanish guitar music. I don’t hear it at all in China, or much in the US. I’ve got to buy some CDs or sound files to have on hand.

The performance was so outstanding that it overshadowed the bad behavior in the audience. A lot of people, not just a few, a lot brought their toddlers. Some brought older children, but there were more kids under 6 then there were between 6 and 18. At $30 a ticket, a baby sitter would have been a good idea, though in China they don’t really have them. Grandparents watch the children – all the time. It’s their duty and joy, it seems. Down the row there was a tot with a dirty diaper for a good part of the show before intermission. In front of us was a 5 year old who squirmed and made noise for an hour before his father gave him a cell phone to play with.

I’m not sure Carmen’s good for older children, or not this production because there’s some very sexy dancing with Don Jose and Carmen. I wonder how the parents explained that part.

I hate sounding like a crank. I understand and support people introducing their children to the arts, but other shows are on during the festival. The Nutcracker’s a much better choice as would be traditional Tibetan dance. Both are part of the festival.