Saturday, March 1, 2014

Boogie and Steps (This week's Photo Hunt themes)

As I write this week's entry for Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts, I'm listening to a Huey Lewis and the News CD that has their Hip To Be Square song on it.  Inspired by it, I'm going to admit that I'm the kind of square person who, when any boogieing breaks out near her, is more likely to boogie away from any dance 'opportunities' -- and for that matter, take active steps to stop people from dragging her onto the dance floor.

Indeed, while I've become more amenable in recent years to taking in dance performances (including modern dance, b-boying and even ballet), I'm still a very long way away from being willing to do such things as going clubbing and even attending rock concerts (though, yes, I do listen to some rock music from time to time)! 

To further confirm my squaredom: the few photos of people boogieing (or performing some kind of dance at least) that I have are of folk or traditional dances like that which I saw take place at the Korean Folk Village in Yongin City on my most recent visit to South Korea (back in 2009!) and the dragon dances that are likely to break out on the streets of Hong Kong during festival time!

And to give you an idea of how bad a dancer I am: I reckon that the dolphins I saw on a visit to Okinawa's Churaumi Aqurium and Ocean Expo Park had better dance steps than me -- and this despite those aquatic creatures having no legs and feet!! ;O


Photo Cache said...

you are funny :)

frankly my dear

Carver said...

Those are great shots for the themes and I had to laugh at the end. I've always liked to dance but I fear my boogie days are over.

EastCoastLife said...

haha.... I am also square, YTSL. I prefer to be the audience when it comes to singing and dancing.

Sylvia said...

Great photos and I love the way you connected them to this week's theme. You have a great sense of humor!

Gattina said...

I prefer the modern dances to the boogie woogie, lol. The dolphins are so cute !

YTSL said...

Hi Photo Cache --

I'll take that as a compliment! ;b

Hi Carver --

It's funny but I really did think that about myself when watching the dolphins 'dancing' at Churaumi Aquarium and Ocean Expo Park! ;D

Hi EastCoastLife --

With some singing and dancing, I don't even want to be in the audience! :D

Hi Sylvia --

Thanks for visiting, looking, reading and appreciating my sense of humor. :)

Hi Gattina --

The dolphins were really talented -- as was one of their whale 'colleagues'! :)

Trekcapri said...

Hi YTSL, we need to get you to a Prince Concert. Once he performs, you'll start dancing without even trying. :)

I love watching Dragon dancers perform live. Great photo collection and a funny take for the two themes.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Bill said...

Hi Yvonne,

Boogie and Steps is an entertaining and even amusing entry. It captures the varieties of dance from folk culture to marine creatures. (I think insects can also be good dancers if one takes the time to observe them).

Like some of these comments, I usually run the other way when someone asks me to dance to set steps. However, I will get up and dance with a partner if it involves freestyle or improvisational steps, to a good rock or electro-rock song with a good beat.

Personally, I think classical composers provide the best rhythm. That is why when I don't feel like exercising I put on Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and end up doing a dance to it.

For me, the ultimate of any kind of movement is provided by the great Hong Kong action-fight choreographers. Watching Ching Sui Tung or Woo Ping orchestrate their moves on a widescreen is one of life's thrills!


Aiyah Nonya said...

My boogie days are over too. Great shots for this week's theme. :)

Anonymous said...

Perfect shots for this week's theme.

Have a super weekend.

Annie said...

Ha ha, this is funny. I like how you combined these themes. Happy weekend!

The Army of Four said...

Great take on "boogie"! Our post is up for the Saturday PhotoHunt, too:

peppylady (Dora) said...

I've like Huey Lewis and news. I guess any step or movement could be considered a boogie. Doesn't matter in world were your at.

Coffee is on

YTSL said...

Hi Trekcapri --

I know your love for Prince so don't freak out when I say... he doesn't do much for me music-wise, etc.! ;b

Hi Bill --

I know what you mean about insects -- I think this especially with butterflies and praying mantises!

Re classical music: listening to it, I often felt compelled to tap my fingers, even feet. Re martial arts in movies: I think you know, right, that Michelle Yeoh (a former ballet dancer) has described it as "a violent dance"? ;b

Hi Aiyah Nonya --

Actually, I never had boogie days! ;D

Hi JDeQ --

Thanks, and hope you have a good weekend too.

Hi Annie --

Judging from people's comments, it does appear that I've managed to combine the themes better than I thought I had! ;D

Hi The Army of Four --

Okay, I'll visit soon... :)

Hi peppylady --

Technically, I think boogieing is to rock music and/or done quickly. But we're a generous lot in extending the boundaries of the definition... :)


Bill said...


I am aware of Michelle Yeoh's ballet dancer background, but not your "violent dance" quote, which I will remember because it fits martial arts movies. Yeoh's graceful moves in the tofu scene in Wing Chun look like the moves of a skillful dancer...I believe Cheng Pei Pei had some dance training in her early school years...Her moves in Come Drink With Me are really an extended dance.

Angela Mao's moves in Dance of Death are dance-like...And Zhang Ziyi used her ballet training in an early scene in House of Flying Daggers...Well, this Boogie and Steps entry seems to be a catalyst that brings out the dance rhythms in your readers!


YTSL said...

Hi again Bill --

I tried to look for Michelle Yeoh's "violent dance" quote. Unfortunately, I can't find it but I could have sworn I read years ago that she said that. Ah well!

Back to dance-like martial arts moves: I think that often of the 'wire-fu' choreographed by Ching Siu Tung. Yuen Woo Ping may be a bigger name these days but Ching Siu Tung's brand of 'wire fu' remains my favorite because it was so graceful looking.