Hot dance videos

Between CDSS and the Square Dance History Project, my life has been more than full of late. We’ve added some wonderful footage to the SDHP site, including two clips filmed in Kentucky in 1963, material for which I’ve been waiting more than two years to obtain permission. Here’s a link to the four-couple square and a link to a big set.

Last night, we had the great fortune of watching the Alvin Ailey Dance Company in performance, an extraordinary group of dancers.

Earlier in the week, Sheila and I watched a wonderful film by Carlos Saura, Tango; here’s a link to just one clip from it. Saura also directed the wonderful flamenco version of Carmen and that film in its entirety is available online.

Both were reminders of the great variety of dance forms that we can enjoy. Here are a few other clips that came my way recently:

Shag (a style of swing dance that originated in South Carolina), here danced by Kayla Henley and Jeremy Webb, two high school students who won a national competition

Pas de Deux (in urban street dance style)

Documentary on the 2012 Vienna International Dance Festival (lots of dance footage plus interviews with dancers and teachers)