October 6, 2009

"May I Have This Dance?"

There is something so romantic about waltzing. Ever since I was a little girl, I find a certain thrill from seeing couples dancing in a ballroom - the women begowned in gorgeous flowing silk dresses and the men looking sharp and regal in their tuxedos. I once heard someone say that "waltzes are for old people." I beg to differ. The waltz is the ultimate expression of passion. In the dance, it is only you and (hopefully) your love as the world dissolves into a spinning oblivion. There are moments I feel that I was born in the wrong era, wishing instead to be born in a time where I could attend balls and wear fancy dresses. Below are some wonderful waltzing moments, many are favorites from my youth.

{"Shall We Dance" with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr in The King & I (1956)}

{Judy Garland has her "last dance" in Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)}

{Hayley Mills and Peter Brown in Disney's Summer Magic (1963)}

{Pierre August Renoir's Dance at Bougival (1883)}

{Pierre August Renoir's City Dance (1883)}

{Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison dancing to the
Embassy Waltz in My Fair Lady (1964)}

{Louis Jordan and Leslie Caron in Gigi (1958)}

{And I had to include at least one waltz scene from a Disney movie, Sleeping Beauty}

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  1. One of my favorite dances is the one in Meet Me in Saint Louis too! How I loved their velvet dresses and all the dance cards. You've put together a decadent post, my dear!

  2. I could watch The King and I over and over and over again!

  3. You've put several of my very favorite movies all in one post!


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