Listen up men, dance is sexy Making the Vail International Dance Festival one hot little secret |

Listen up men, dance is sexy Making the Vail International Dance Festival one hot little secret

Cassie Pence

Men are afraid of dance.

Just hearing the word “ballet” can trigger the most unusual behavior in said creatures. If it’s not clammy hands and stomach cramps, it’s the sudden urge to refinish the basement that seizes them, as if the home-improvement god clocked them over the head with his calloused fist.

Those males who are less convincing and surrender to a night of “Swan Lake” at the local theater try other tactics to escape the feared ballet. Taking up smoking with the pimply usher or ordering a complicated cocktail at intermission in hopes the bartender takes too long to make the drink, which then has to be sipped well into Act II, are two creative attempts at avoidance.

Of course these scenarios are catering to stereotype. There are plenty of men who have already figured out the secret.

Dance is sexy.

That said, the Vail International Dance Festival is the most erotic event of the summer. It’s 10 nights of the perfect date. Think about it.

Dancers are the original hard bodies. It takes every muscle in the body to perform sequential leaps, spins and jumps, to hold one’s leg high overhead or gracefully arch the back to dramatically brush one’s head across the floor. Every ripple and bulge is tastefully accentuated in the tiny Lycra the dancers wear. The revealing costumes pronounce the artistic lines of the body and dance, but they are sure to stir the libido, too.

Beyond the raw eye candy, the stories the dancers interpret also heighten the audience’s emotions. It’s not unusual to feel your arm hairs stand at attention. You might witness the steamy rendezvous of forbidden lovers in a pas de deux during the festival’s International Evenings of Dance Aug. 4-5, or find yourself rooting for one side of the chess board when Jeune Ballet Du Quebec brings the game to life during “Jeu D’Echecs” Aug. 2.

Unlike a traditional ballet that can last for several hours and feature the same dancers and style, the Vail International Dance Festival is perfect for those with a shorter attention span, aka little boys trapped in grown-male bodies. The festival performances are usually broken up into smaller dance vignettes, featuring several different dancers and troupes each night who not only perform classic ballet, but dance ballroom, modern, jazz and salsa. The festival’s “Different Dimensions” Aug. 8, for example, showcases a trio of dance troupes performing ballet fused with modern techniques.

See, men, there’s no reason to fear dance. In fact, it can often work in your favor.

You get to openly stare, clap and cheer “bravo” at scantily dressed 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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