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pastelnerd said: So that swing dancing gif had a lot ladies dancing together in pairs which is something you don't see a lot of nowadays. Was it because dancing alone or as a group wasn't really a thing back then? Did guys ever dance together as friends like that?
Dancing in pairs was definitely a thing at the time— there doesn’t seem to have been a lot of solo or group dancing, at least not in the way we dance today.
Dancetime Publications has a breakdown of dancing in the 1930s. There were group dances and circle dances (like square dancing or contra), and many dances had callers to tell you the steps as you went.
I’m guessing that it was socially acceptable for women to dance with each other and less so for men to do so, but I don’t know that for certain. It probably depended at least in part on the social setting and the ratio of men to women at any given event.
I hear you want to talk about gender and swing dancing in the context of the 1930s and 1940s! PLEASE YES LET’S DO.
(First, some terminology: “swing dancing” is a pretty broad category that covers a ton of different partner and group dances. What the hep cats in New York City danced in the ballrooms up in Harlem should rightly be called Lindy hop. It’s a dance that’s incredibly free-form and energetic. See examples here, here, and here. As for your “solo or group dancing,” you’re right. Any solo or group dancing was definitely secondary to partner dancing, though it was practiced. One very common form of group dancing was a jam, where people get into a circle and watch one couple at a time. Here is a still image of that happening, though it may have been staged for the LIFE photographer.)
There’s a post that’s circulating around the Lindy hop tumblr community about the history of gender in the dance. Here’s what started it all:
Dawn Hampton is one of the original Lindy hoppers (and is still alive and killing it today, btw). The Frankie she mentions above is Frankie Manning (the overalls guy in the third Lindy hop example), who is largely considered to be the world’s greatest Lindy hopper ever.
The places where Lindy hop was being danced and developed in New York City were largely the clubs in Harlem. The most famous club (that was also desegregated) was the Savoy Ballroom.
A Cliff’s Notes version of gender and Lindy hop is this: the original, serious dancers would dance with anybody, even before the war. They practiced day and night, and they practiced with whomever they could. Pre-war, among the community that was less serious about dancing (and viewed it more as a social activity), it was probably more common for women to dance with women than for men to dance with men. During the war, men dancing with men and women dancing with women was much more common.
And now, to the main event! Here’s a video of women dancing together in 1939:
And here’s a video of men dancing together sometime during the war:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEp1-oo9u98 (It’s looped; the original clip is only a few seconds long.)
Here are Al Minns and Leon James, two of the original Savoy Lindy hoppers dancing both solo dancing (Charleston) and together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJsBa2u9aMQ
There’s so much more I could say, but I’ll stop now. In case you want to do your own research…
Frankie Manning, Ambassador of Lindy Hop by Frankie Manning and Cynthia R. Millman
Swingin’ at the Savoy by Norma Miller
Jazz Dance, the Story of American Vernacular Dance by Marshall and Jean Stearns
Oooh, thank you for the added information and resources!
(Also, friendly reminder to my followers to check the notes on my posts—especially on Ask-Me Monday posts—because there are often reblogs like this one. I don’t always reblog them because I try not to clog people’s dashes with almost-identical posts.)
“A little bit of Monica in my life,
A little bit of Erica by my side,
A little bit of Rita is all I need,
A little bit of Tina is what I see,
A little bit of Sandra in the sun,
A little bit of Mary all night long,
A little bit of Jessica, here I am…”
If you don’t know this reference, you’re definitely too young for me.
- Shared-controller video gaming: each participant gets only partial control of the character (usually one person takes the left hand on a controller the other person takes the right hand)
- If you’re in the area where one or both of you grew up, spend a day visiting places that were landmarks of your childhood
- Tie-dye shirts together, but make your partner’s shirt
- Carve a watermelon into a jack-o-lantern
- Cook dinner together
- Get a black cloth and cut small holes in it. Pin it over the light. Pretend you are astronauts/aliens/settlers on another planet.
- Gaze at actual stars. Make up new constellations. Cuddle if you’re cold/a cuddler
- Build a miniature town out of cardboard boxes. Become the mayors of Box Town
- Do each other’s make up (or paint each other’s faces)
And one for long-distance:
- Crochet or knit the squares of a granny square blanket. Sew them together the next time you see each other.
karadin said: Hi! I came across an interesting anecdote, I've read quite a few fics where Cap and friends are either at the beach or a pool and Steve's all shy about nudity, but from about 1926-1961 it was common for men to swim in the nude (in fact the YMCA would demand it, as fibers from wool bathing suits would clog the drains) boys and men would be 'inspected' before they got into the pools, but Cap, also being in the Army, would probably not be shy being nude (around men at any rate)
That is kind of amazing/hilarious, and thank you so much for sharing it. :D
JUST NOTICED LAST NIGHT THAT BUCKY WAS ALSO ON A DRIP IN THE ENTIRE CHAIR SCENE
I know it’s a fucked up scene, I do, but that to me just is nOPE. What the fuck are they putting into his system on top of the mind wiping and the physical abuse and the conditioning.
THE TUBE ON THE BACK OF HIS RIGHT HAND, IS THAT A DRIP?
Dr. Cyan calling in here, and yes, that is absolutely a peripheral IV cannula on his right hand. Watching the scene carefully you can see the IV stand on his right, with two infusion bags attached (sorry for the crappy images, maybe someone can grab a better screenshot if they have the DVD):
If you watch frame by frame, you can see that Bucky pops the connection tube off when he attacks the med tech; it dangles freely from the IV bag when the guards move to point their guns at him. In real life he’d probably have torn the cannula out of his hand entirely; it happens all the time with little old ladies in my ER so I was disappointed the directors didn’t draw on that particular body horror/’ouch’-factor here.
The infusion bags appear to be one 1,000 mL isotonic saline or D5W/D5NS (dextrose/glucose in a saline solution) for tissue rehydration, and one 500 mL isotonic saline, most likely a diluent for injectable/parenteral drug administration:
Which drug? Well, it could be any HYDRA concoction, but I’d put my money on the tried-and-true fallback of some benzodiazepine. BZDs/derivatives are anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing), hypnotic (sedative/sleep-inducing), anticonvulsant (good for when you’re electrocuting someone’s brain), amnestic (affecting memory), and myorelaxant (muscle-relaxing), a nice cocktail for working with the Winter Soldier - and hey! paradoxical BZD reactions include aggression and violence (such as attacking attending medical staff), and it may also cause anterograde amnesia as well as internalised feelings of turmoil, anxiety, depression, and loss of the ability to experience and/or express feelings. Plus, withdrawal can cause depression, depersonalisation, derealisation, hypersensitivity, psychosis, and suicidal ideation - sounds like a lot of Bucky-in-from-the-cold fanfics, am I right?
Seriously, writing this, I’m wondering where the withdrawal!Bucky fanfics are - the fics I’ve read all focus on his mental issues, but what about the physiological ones? I’d really like to read a fic about Bucky coming off whatever HYDRA pumped him full of - now that’d make for some neat hurt/comfort (and a lot of curling up on Steve’s bathroom floor shaking and puking his guts out).
(When I get my hands on a HD copy of the movie I’ll have a look at the rest of the medical setup in that scene. I’m especially interested in the screens behind the chair - maybe some more medical meta to be explored? Please send any screenshots my way if you have them!)
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