Audience Is Curious When Seniors Take To Dance Floor And Bring Viewers To Their Feet With Unfeasible Dance
Seniors Sam and Ellen won first place at the Grand National Dance contest in 2017 with their swing dancing. The crowd was curious to see the elderly couple walk out on the dance floor, but they blew everyone's mind when they began to move to the Blues song Gonna Move Across the River.
Together, they perfected the lindy hop and threw in their style of dance moves, including swing turns, quick steps, and dips that went as low as the floor.
The judges and the crowd described Sam and Ellen's dance as mesmerizingly beautiful. Their feet never missed a beat, and they were more like floating on air than dancing. The crowd was appreciative of the style and effort the couple put forth, but the fact they were both seniors is what was most impressive to be able to move that way. Everyone had judged them by the time they walked out on the floor, but when the music started, there was no doubt this couple knew what they were doing.
Along with seeing the dance moves from an older dance by a couple who lived through the ages, people felt tremendous pride in what they saw. Most people do not know the dance was not "swing dancing," as the judges called it. It was confused due to the beat of the music that the couple chose to dance along. The name of the dance the couple was dancing is known as "shag dancing."
Shag dancing moves consist of using the waist down, and the footwork is grounded but glides smoothly across the floor. The best way to describe it is the dancers have rubber knees and slippery feet. It is funny but amazing to watch at the same time. This dance coming from seniors was authentic because they lived through a time when swinging and shagging was popular after World War I and before World War II.
Swing, the Foxtrot, the Charleston, and shag dancing are all known as the lindy hop. The lindy hop era began in the 1920s when the Charleston and the Foxtrot were in style. Another interesting fact is the Charleston is named after Charles Lindberg, who flew across the Atlantic Ocean. It became known as the saying he "hopped" over the Atlantic Ocean, flying his plane. Seniors kept these dance moves alive as they continued to gather at functions to cut loose now and then.
Dancing is a great work out for the young and the old. It keeps the heart pumping and keeps the people feeling younger. Even the brain is getting a great workout session as it thinks up the moves to go along with the groove. In some ways, dancing could be the key to the fountain of youth. The heart stays healthy as people exercise. Since dancing keeps the heart healthy and is one of the best forms of exercise, Sam and Ellen are enjoying long and happy lives.
While watching the dance moves, if this does not take you back in time to when the world seemed simpler, nothing else will. Everyone from the dancers to the crowd and those watching on the screen can attest to the fact it was inspiring to see these people cut a rug like that. It also made some people stand up and dance themselves. There are so many dance sensations today; there is no way we can forget about classics.
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