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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ayn Rand, Sally Rand, Dance And Fact-Checking

Earlier this year, my daughter and I were discussing the famous Rand sisters, Ayn and Sally, and she asked a rhetorical question: "So maybe if there had been more fan dancing in Atlas Shrugged, things would have been different?"


To which we chorused, "Yes!" Indeed, things would have been friendlier now because dance would be involved, not just because Sally Rand had a friendly face --she did-- but because, even though dancers are competitive, they cooperate with each other. Dancers depend upon each other to create psychic constructs onstage.

By her own account, Ginger Rogers could do everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards in high heels. This is the dancer's mindset. You don't disparage your partner's art for helping you  perfect your own. Likewise, rich people didn't used to fault the middle class for maintaining roads, emergency services and educational systems with their taxes and labor. After all, there wouldn't be many businesses of any kind without safe highways, law enforcement, skilled workers and firefighters.

I could expatiate with geometric logic. I could argue interminably in favor of horizontal egalitarianism but I could not fill space, or define it, so effectively as a dancer can. So I repost a clip of a solo artist who survived the chaos of decades in which dances could result in injury and pregnancy --even in men. It is the famous "16-second Gravel Dance".  Crank up the volume and listen to the choreographer's direction at the end.
  I use this performance to drive home my point, whatever it was, and show one may dance to good advantage in the daytime. Night time dancing tends to become adiaphorous. Neocons dance at night, like vampires --which are uncomfortably popular right now-- but the best ideas are always danced about in broad daylight. Western Civilization, which I've always thought was a good idea, can't be perfected in the dark. Leads to murky reasoning, and I like enough light to at least see my side of an argument.

16 comments:

  1. OMG! I never thought that those two gals were sisters! Sally had the 'Nude Ranch' at the Treasure Island World's Fair in 1939-40, that I attended as a tot with my parents but they didn't tell me about that delicacy there, and what was Ayn doing then? The mind boggles.n But I digress: I love your bloogle! And furthermore, I love your hoofing and Norma's 'You can stop now!'

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  2. Thanks Will! My parents met at that fair!

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  3. Your video proves that Isadora Duncan's art of free-spirited interpretational dance is not dead.

    It is rumored that Ayn and Sally were twins, but I don't believe it......

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  4. Amazing to think that our paths may have crossed! My only memories as a four year old were the Temple of the Sun (I believe that was its name) and the marvelous miniature train that drove us all around the fair.

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  5. Jon, Willie, now we get into the nebulous area of fact-checking asynchronous events. Tap-dance!

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  6. Ayn is one freaky looking female..at least....I think she's female. You're quite the dancer.

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  7. I know that dance! Is it called the trouser hitch?
    I have to go now and look up adiaphorous.

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  8. What Don't unplug your hub said - with regard to adiaphorous. Neither right or wrong. A good word to remember. Or forget.

    If only everyone would dance as you do Geo, then I could fit in.

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  9. Delores-- Ayn was a female, an impressive one, but I wish Sally had been the stronger guide for modern Republicans.

    John-- Yes, it is a sort of trouser-hitch tarantella. Adiaphorous is a good word but it's hard to remain morally neutral about it.

    Rubye Jack-- If everyone danced as I do the silly would inherit the earth, which would mess up the Beatitudes.

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  10. That's the best recreation of the 1967 Hippie Dance, chased after but never filmed, in creation!

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  11. I didn't know Sally Rand (I first I thought Sally Ride then reread). Is she really Ayn's sister?

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  12. Austan-- It is rare footage. Few 16-second gravel dances have been performed in captivity.

    Sage--Sally Rand and Ayn Rand were not sisters. That's the Fact-Checking part of the title.

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  13. Geo, your dancing is incredible. The Rand sisters would be inspired.
    thank you for your sentiment regarding the loss of my father.
    Life is indeed precious.

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  14. Tesha-- If my capering was honored by your smile in these hard times, it is I who must thank you.

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  15. Got a kick out of this post. Who knew the Rand sisters were so unalike!! Loved your improvisation and the lovely garden in the background!

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  16. Although the Rands weren't really sisters, they inherited opposing ends of their ancestor, Talleyrand's, often duplicitous diplomacy. Thanks, Lorna.

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