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Dancing in the Streets

 

“It takes two to Tango,” someone said to me recently, to which I replied with my typical Scottish retort: “Yes, and it also takes eight to do an Eightsome Reel!” Oh, the unbounded “joys” of being forced at school as a kid against my will to learn Scottish Country Dancing. The Gay Gordon, The Dashing White Sargent, Strip the Willow and the Eightsome Reel - having to learn all those bloody dance steps while at the same time having a panic attack whilst dealing with your first real one-on-one contact with a member of the opposite sex!

 

What I really needed was one of those “Easy Guide” to the dance steps. Like those at regular intervals on the east and west sidewalks along Broadway, between Pine and Roy streets, where you can find a collection of inlaid bronze footprints and dance instructions designed by Seattle artist Jack Mackie. Each of the eight groups depicts different dance steps, such as the mambo, the rumba, the waltz, and the tango. There are other dances, like the “Busstop” and the “Obeebo,” are Mackie’s own invention

 

Its part of the Seattle 1% for Art Program, in conjunction with a major facelift of the Broadway sidewalk completed in 1982. The idea is for passerby’s to be encouraged to participate and become part of the artwork by learning the dances.

 

Leica MP & 50mm Summicron

Kodak TMax 400

developed & scanned at www.pandalab.com

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Taken on February 7, 2012