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    For all the literary figures, celebrities, philosophers, theologians and intellectuals who think they know better about dancing.

    [Dancing is] a farcical, meaningless, disgusting, brainless physical public exhibition...Not so much an accomplishment as an affliction.
    Stephen Fry (2008)

    He who dances must be drunk or mad.
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    [Mankind shares]...the almost universal habits of dancing, masquerading, and making rude pictures.
    Charles Darwin - the Descent of Man (1871)
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    I hope Stephen Fry was joking haha

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    I'm afraid not!! He admits it seems peculiar to himself, but he loathes it with a passion.


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    "What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished society."
    "Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world. Every savage can dance."
    Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (1813)
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    Hahaha, I really dislike (that's an understatement) modern ballet so I can some sort of understand it a bit. To me modern ballet, or is it called contemporary dance? Not sure, but that stuff that's just utterly random movements that don't even look nice to me it doesn't make sense haha.

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    Unfortunately poor Mr Fry makes the mistake that so many westerners make that assumes one needs a beat in order to dance. Has he never heard of taxim?

    I kid, he obviously hasn't. But I think that understanding it might go a long way toward explaining to him how one dances to Beethoven.
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    Dance has been considered a grave sin by church, particularly the dance done by women. Remember that witchhunt has a justification that women-witches gather and dance in the nights under moonlight.

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    On Stephen Fry again (and apologies for the thread derail) it occurred to me that he might have something similar to dyslexia when it comes to comprehending and understanding dance. And that's totally okay, but I do kinda feel sorry for him and am trying to squash the urge to try to help!
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    Funny. That music makes me want to leap about, spin across the floor and do all sorts of balletic leaps I've never been capable of. It also makes me want to go frolicking across the snow in a troika for some reason.

    I don't feel the least bit sorry for him. He just needs to shut up, shut up, shut up and go completely away.
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