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Dance Starts With Bodies


Listen up, men, because it’s not every day someone offers up one of life’s secrets in a free publication.

Ready? Here it is:

Dance is sexy.

I know what you’re thinking. That’s it? Dance is the secret to life? Not exactly, but knowing that dance is sexy ” and truly understanding why ” is one of the keys to women.

Now I’ve got your attention.

Some men are afraid of dance. Just hearing the words “night out at the ballet” can trigger home-improvement plans that would make Bob Vila envious. Why is that? It could be the whole men in tights thing, but with the amount of spandex in this valley, that shouldn’t be the issue. There’s the possibility that the only ballet these guys have seen is their sister’s … when she was in the third grade.

To give benefit to the doubt, some men don’t see dance for the erotic fantasy that it is simply because they have not seen enough of it. Dance is tribal. It’s natural to move your body to get noticed and respected. African tribes, for example, gyrate around fires to celebrate coming of age and sexual maturity.

There are plenty of men who have figured out dance’s hot little secret. These men have already bought their tickets to the Vail International Dance Festival (July 29-Aug. 11), because these men know it’s 10 nights of the perfect date, and let’s be frank here, 10 nights of the most “promising” date.

Think about it.

Dancers are the original hard bodies. It takes every muscle to perform sequential leaps, spins and jumps, to stretch one’s leg high over head or to gracefully bend the back into an arch. And every ripple and bulge are tastefully accentuated by the tiny Lycra the dancers wear. The revealing costumes pronounce the artistic lines of the human form, but they’re sure to stir the libido, too.

Let us not forget that the brain is the body’s largest erogenous zone ” especially for women. And although dance is very physical, the stories being interpreted on stage are often tales of love and passion. The festival’s International Evenings of Dance (Aug. 3-4) is a perfect opportunity to experience the steaminess of partner dance. These two evenings feature many dance vignettes, but most numbers highlight the pas de deux, or dance for two. It’s incredibly stimulating to watch two people moving as one. Couple that with the dance’s story, and it’s instant romance. And it might just inspire your own pas de deux.

If the International Evenings of Dance is slow and sensual,

Ballroom’s Best (Aug. 11) is fast and hot. It’s yet another chance to watch love in motion. World Open Exhibition Champions Hanna Karttunen and Victor de Silva have assembled a team of steppers to dance the mambo, tango and waltz. But this isn’t your grandparent’s ballroom. Women swivel like felines and the dips are so deep it will make even the most liberated person blush.

There’s nothing like music to create a mood, and new this year to the festival is the element of live music. Feel the hairs on your arm stand on end as you listen to Kathleen McIntosh on the harpsichord or Jennifer Koh on the violin. And if classical music doesn’t get you into the mood, Frank Sinatra will. Pacific Northwest Ballet dances two nights of Twyla Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs” (July 29 and Aug. 1). Old Blue Eyes has been making people swoon for decades, and these two nights will be no different. Plus Twyla Tharp’s choreography is pure entertainment ” a story about seven couples’ relationships. It will make you laugh and your heart beat.

See, men, there’s no reason to fear dance. In fact, it can often work in your favor. You get to clap and cheer “bravo” at beautiful women contorting their bodies (you don’t even need dollar bills), all while earning brownie points from your date for appreciating the finer things in life.

But the best part? Both of you will leave the festival aroused, and since the performances aren’t too long, there’s plenty of time to dance that very special kind of dance when you get home.

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