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27 February 2007



Fabulous clip - and fascinating article. I watched the dancers again after I read the article, and saw things I hadn't noticed the first time, like the powerful arm movements of the leader.

Joan Price

Like you, I grew up watching American Bandstand, copying the moves of Pat and Justine. (How amazing that, at 63, when I can't remember where I parked my car, I can remember their names and looks!)

I now teach contemporary line dancing, and I also do some partner dancing -- West Coast swing, nightclub two-step, and country/western dance.

I'm lucky to live north of San Francisco, where either gender can be a leader or follower. One of my best friends is a gay man who leads when he dances with me, and follows when he dances with a lesbian pal of his. I'm straight, and I love the freedom of the diversity in this area.

Joan Price

Author of Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty (Seal Press, 2006, http://www.joanprice.com/BetterThanExpected.htm )

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Jeannette Angell

As someone having personally experienced both kinky sex *and* Sue's ballroom dancing classes (perhaps that places me in a unique category!), I concur with her observations here. There's a certain give and take in these activities -- as in most of life, when you really think about it. Times when we lead and times when we follow; times when we're creative and energetic, and times when we feel passive and pliable.
Not a bad metaphor at all...


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