Why is this the most romantic dance video you’ve ever seen?
Because beyond the technical skill and ability demonstrated, these dancers bring a presence and desire to their movements that takes it beyond the mechanical reproduction of a set piece, and instead, captures the essence and intensity of a love affair.
They long for each other, they play with each other, they pull away from each other, they desire each other.
In doing so, they capture the essence of true romance—not all mushy ballads and red roses, but two strong individuals coming together out of desire, melding into one, separating out again before rejoining as one.
They show the ups and downs of relationship, while maintaining that almost psychic bond of togetherness.
I don’t know if these dancers have any kind of romantic relationship in real life, but they effortlessly embody it with their dancing.
Watch as the man provides his strength and support to showcase the woman’s grace, flexibility, balance and strength. He’s there as her foundation, her rock, her stability. He’s there to give her what she needs to be the best she can and he’s there to help her shine her light.
Neither is she some light play-thing for him to throw around. She has her own centre and strength, both calling to the man and telling him off. She never loses herself in him. When she surrenders to him as he mounts her or buries his face in her crotch, there is a power in that surrender – nothing passive about it at all!
Female sexuality is so often presented in terms of male fantasy and male projection. We learn as women that being sexy means embodying what the man desires. This shows us something else. It shows us that female sexuality is a natural arising from within the woman, and looks different for us all. This woman is sexy because of who she is, not because she ticks the boxes on a male fantasy list.
As women, and particular younger women, we do well to embrace our own organic sexuality, and to find images and videos that reflects this authentic sexuality back to us—like this one.
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Ed: Sara Crolick