There was a time the waltz was not for the faint of heart.
Now it gets you honors credit at Monroe College.
It’s not just waltz. Tango and hustle are also part of the honors class at the school.
“The Art and Culture of World Dance,” is a three-credit course at the downtown New Rochelle school. Teacher Kathryn MacDonald discusses the history of the dances. But it’s Linda Andrews, the instructor at the Dance Connection school at 529 Main St. that brings in the added dimension – actual dancing.
In a recent class, MacDonald taught the student Lord Byron’s satiric poem, “The Waltz; An Apostrophic Hymn,” which included these lines…
“Not soft Herodias, when, with winning tread,
Her nimble feet danced off another’s head;
Not Cleopatra on her Galley’s Deck,
Displayed so much of leg nor more of neck,
Than Thou, ambrosial Waltz, when first the Moon
Beheld the twirling to a Saxon tune!”
The entire poem is a little longer – six pages, single-spaced. And when the class was done with it, MacDonald announced; “Now we’re going to go learn the scandalous dance.”
And they were off to the studio on the second floor of 529 Main St.
Here are some video clips from the class. (The credit for it goes to Rob Seitz, a spokesman for the school.)
The dance instructor seen in the video is Andrews.