The dancing gentleman

Good day sirs and madams,

Today’s entry concerns an intriguing aspect of a gentleman’s social life. That aspect is dancing. I’m not talking about doing the Melbourne Shuffle at your local nightery. I’m talking about dancing with your favourite lady at that charitable benefit you attended on the weekend, or being overcome with joy while in the rain and just needing to dance.

Gene Kelly taught Brixley and I all we know about dancing, but we had to teach him a lot about correctly using an umbrella (c.f. Brixley's post on umbrellas).

There are few better ways to impress your lady of interest than to invite her to a rendezvous on the dancefloor (for maximum effect, actually use the word ‘rendezvous’ – it’s like having all the charm of a Frenchman just without the unpleasant odour).

Cary Grant displays his boot-scooting moves. Caution: do not attempt to pull off these moves unless you are Cary Grant.

You may have seen some modern day talkies about dancing recently. You will have seen people ‘dancing’ around in ripped jeans and dirty undershirts or some sort of fluorescent leotard. Don’t be fooled – this is not ideal dancing attire. For maximum comfort, flexibility and fashion you should wear a tuxedo (bowtie optional but preferable) or at the very least a two-piece suit.

Do not attempt to dance in a top hat and with a cane unless you’re an expert. It may lead to serious injury. Fred Astaire was, of course, the father of gentlemanly dancing and may do as he pleases.

On occasions, you may find yourself in New York and happen to be Frank Sinatra or Gene Kelly. In this case, you may wear a sailor’s outfit.

In this special case, you may wear sailor’s out fits. This has only ever happened twice (on the set of Anchors Aweigh). The likelihood of this occurring has been lowered considerably now that Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are both dead.

And so with that, do not hesitate taking to a graceful dance as a gentleman. But remember to steer clear of anything ‘on the street’ (which has been known to involve trash can lids being used as instruments) or anything that requires you to wear a baseball cap at an angle.

Until next time,

HL Griffith