The Underdog Triumphs

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

One Woman's Football is Another Woman's Ballroom Dance

My last semester in Kansas was quiet. I had less than a handful of friends, challenging graduate level courses, soup for dinner almost every night, and was borderline agoraphobic. But every Sunday night I looked forward to seeing Sandy Duncan's blonde up-do and glittery dress as she hosted ballroom dance competitions on PBS.

I was addicted to it. It brought me into another realm--part fantasy and part hypnotic with a bit of humor mixed in. I love to watch the men's perfect posture and the women's toned legs. I love how great dancers make it look so effortless, though I know I would trip over my own feet if I tried. I love the costumes, hair, and music. I love how the faces of some competitors are so fierce, while others look genuinely happy and proud.

Last night PBS started airing America's Ballroom Challenge, it's only a two-part series and now hosted by Marilu Henner, but I sat for an hour in my chair mesmerized.

Maybe I have loved ballroom dancing since I first saw the classic Australian flick Strictly Ballroom, or maybe it was how beautiful I thought the Japanese film Shall We Dance? was. It doesn't matter really how I came to love it. It just makes me happy to watch it.

So, next Wednesday night between 8 and 9 pm, don't call, I will be happily in my realm.


Blogger Fizz said...

I caught the end of some "20/20" report on ballroom dancing's up and coming trendiness. And the next night I caught the end of the aforementioned PBS show (I explained to Pic that once the Baby Boomers' minds start going no one will remember why Marilu Henner is famous... same with Ed McMahon and Zsa Zsa Gabor).

I must agree that I, too, am fascinated and have developed a strong craving for early Baz Luhrmann. Tonight, I will introduce Pic to the marvel that is "Strictly Ballroom."

10:37 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Duely noted...Oh, and Jews rock!

12:56 PM  

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