Exhibition dancing (called also Adagio/Cabaret)

Adagio, combines the strength and agility of gymnatics with the aesthetic and fluidity of classical dance. Also known in the Ballroom world as 'Cabaret', with one of the most famous exponents in this discipline being the 'Savoys', who were World Champions.

Adagio, is mainly concerned with lifting- progressing from small waist high flips and spins up to full one arm balances, throws and heart stopping catches. The male partner obviously has to possess great strength and technique in order to effortlessly propel his partner up into the air (Well thats how it should appear) Equally the female counterpart, should be strong, flexible, elegant and fearless, thus enabling her to be lifted with ease and poise without indication of the inner stresses and strains. It would certainly make for an interesting piece should the realities be allowed to show!!!!! The lifts, spins and tricks are then interspersed with dance moves and styles of your choice, to give the work its own particular flavour, depending on the context of the show or event that you are involved in.The most traditional Adagio piece is the 'Apache' - where the French sailor throws around his Prostitute (Nice work if you can get it!!)

Myself and my partner, both trained as classical ballet dancers, but transferred to Adagio as age and the shrinking job market required us to aquire new skills if we were to continue being creative. We still take regular ballet classes for flexibility, dexterity and quality of movment but supplement this with gym and circus training for strength and acrobatics. Currently, we are working in the Corporate and Cruise industries, but would be very interested in teaching and demonstrating all that we have learned through our careers in Adagio.

Courtesy of: Jonathan and Nikki @ Arcadia jonathan.bee@virginnet.co.uk

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