Re: Has Dancing Improved Posted by Iluv2Dance 12/11/2008 10:48:00 PM
Hi to all; A merry Christmas to everyone.
When we are comparing the greats in dancing, we should remember that it's the dance STYLE and not the ability of the dancer.
As Terrence - and Don, about 2 years ago - argued that the past greats with their devotion and attention to detail would still be in the top 12.
Recently I saw a short clip of Stan Dudley and Christine Norton, dancing the Waltz. I still could see the charisma this couple created. But the STYLE in those days consisted mainly of foot and leg action.
I remember when Stan danced in the afternoon heats, in the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, in lounge clothes, wearing mauve suede shoes. It sounded like the Blackpool roar, from the spectators, when Stan walked onto the floor.
In the evening I saw Wally Laird dancing modern ballroom. When he danced past one section of the crowd he was getting a cheer. Walter was laughing each time he past that section. Walter was also in the Latin and had to dash to the changing rooms for the Latin section recalls. In those days the Latin was not danced in separate sections like it is today.
Walter told me that that was the night he and Lorraine decided to concentrate on Latin, because he could only make the end of the tunnel, and they had to watch the dancers performing in the recall.