Tango near grey herons and jackdaws


Grey heron

Today again, like last week, tango dancing in the park.

Most women wearing pumps, often with ankle straps against slipping, but also at least one with flat shoes.

Though it was the last open air dance scheduled for this year, the weather was very good.

Next dance, on 14 october, will go ahead regardless of the weather, as it will be indoors in a natural history museum building.

Behind the dance floor, two grey herons flying.

Four jackdaws sat down on the fence separating the dance floor from the pond.

Tango in Australia: here.

Talking about dancing: article on US dancer Isadora Duncan.

3 thoughts on “Tango near grey herons and jackdaws

  1. Club enjoys taste of tango
    Article Launched: 01/16/2007 03:14:43 PM PST
    Redlands Daily Facts [California]

    Professional dancers Terry Ott-Badgley and Bill Badgley entertained members of the Redlands Branch of the American Association of University Women. (Courtesy Photo)
    REDLANDS – Professional dancers Terry Ott-Badgley and Bill Badgley entertained members of the Redlands Branch of the American Association of University Women with the “History of the Argentine Tango in Music and Dance” at their January meeting at the University of Redlands.

    Program coordinator Dorothy Richardson introduced Ott-Badgley and Badgley who have danced in London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Jamaica, Tahiti and Buenos Aires.

    In her introduction, Richardson quoted Orlando Paiva, one of Argentina’s famous tango dancers, describing the tango as impossible unless you have the balance of a stork, combined with the bravado of a sensuous passion.

    “The Argentine tango is a physical expression of emotions, and revives old passions,” Badgley said. “It’s exhilarating and dangerous.”

    Ott-Badgley added that the tango is often called “war of the legs” by beginning dancers whose legs are slashed and bruised by sharp kicks and high heels. She said there is no other dance in which dancers touch as much, apply as much pressure or cross feet as often as in the Argentine tango.

    In most dance forms, such as ballroom, she said, “your partner’s feet and your feet are matching, and you know that if you come in contact with your
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    partner’s feet, something is terribly wrong. In tango, you are supposed to be tripping over your partner’s feet.

    “Balance is crucial,” she said. “It’s all in the lead. Touching legs at the wrong place will cause a fall.”

    “The tango is a conversation with feet: gentle, firm, brisk or dominating,” Badgley said. “It is just as important to see the feet as to see the upper body when watching the tango.”

    Ott-Badgley and Badgley interspersed the history and nuances of the tango with dance performances, progressing from the international ballroom and American ballroom style, to a high-powered Argentine tango that requires more agility, speed, endurance and athleticism.

    According to Ott-Badgley, the tango originated in Buenos Aires in the late 1800s with Europeans who immigrated to Argentina. At first, men danced the tango with other men, as they did in many European folk dances, and also because of the scarcity of female immigrants. Before more European women immigrated to Argentina, the first women to dance the tango were often connected to brothels.

    Ott-Badgley said that European travelers to Argentina took the tango back to Europe, where it was considered scandalous with its body-to-body closeness. The tango evolved into a popular ballroom style with more distance between partners and quick movements of the head.

    Badgley said Vernon and Irene Castle were among the first dancers to perform the tango in the United States, in 1912. Hollywood took the tango mainstream with Rudolph Valentino’s performance. Valentino’s stylized version transformed the tango into what is popularly known as the American ballroom style tango.

    The music of the ballroom styles and Argentine tango are different, Badgley said. He said the international ballroom tango has a steadier beat, like a march, that must be followed. The Argentine tango does not have a set timing or set direction, and can change. The Argentine tango has many rhythms and more intricate rhythms, and often has an accordion-type sound, an influence of the German immigrants to Argentina.

    Badgley added that the beautiful costumes and shoes are another hallmark of the Argentine tango. He joked that during his high school years, he was employed selling shoes at The Bootery in Redlands, and now he is employed in order to buy shoes, as his wife has about 120 pairs for her costumes.

    “Stage shows keep the tango alive,” Badgley said. “It’s important to keep the dance in front of the public. The tango will transform with the dance artists who add their own elements and change the way it will look even 10 or 20 years from now.”

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