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Someone (and I don't remember who, I'm very sorry) on my DW / LJ follow lists linked me a few months ago to this amazing "Mass Bolero" - a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Torvill & Dean's Olympic gold. The dance was re-choreographed to work on land, and broken into 10-second segments and all sorts of community groups across Nottingham learned one 10-second segment each, and then it's all filmed and stitched together beautifully. I think my favourite is the rugby players, but I love the whole thing, the huge variety of bodies and backgrounds, sizes and shapes.



Each of the children like to watch it with me, I think they are getting different things out of it. Anyway, after we'd watched the tribute a few tens of times, I looked for a video of the original. In contrast to the mass community production, this is the very specific hair-raising beauty that comes from very talented people who have practiced very very hard to get everything just so.



And just for fun I found another 30th anniversary version, this time from ITV's Dancing on Ice. Just how good and how practiced those two athletes still are:


Date: 2014-11-05 02:30 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] feng_shui_house
Gorgeous, and moving, all of it. Thanks for sharing!

Date: 2014-11-05 13:46 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lnr.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed watching all three!

Date: 2014-11-05 16:21 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] davidgillon
I'm not sure if I should thank you for earworming me with Bolero at 4AM, but it did give me something to watch while putting up with my body deciding 'no, absolutely not going to sleep' ;)

(And lovely to meet you on Sunday!)

Date: 2014-11-05 16:44 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kotturinn
Fascinating. I remember being gobsmacked back in '84 (even after having seen their previous British/European/World routines) and watching them recreate it was quite something.

Kudos to Nottingham too for that astonishing Mass Bolero.

Date: 2014-11-08 09:43 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] el_staplador
That was utterly lovely - thank you.

Date: 2014-11-09 05:31 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calissa
I had never seen that before. What breathtaking grace! It gave me goosebumps to watch the original and then the anniversary version. The mass version was also a lot of fun and the footballers made me smile.

Thank you so much for sharing these.

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