"The Yale Blues" - A Dance, Reviewed in The Gramophone, Dec 1927

by Albert Haim

Bridget, what do you think of this?

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Mr. J.G.W. writes that "The Yale Blues" is based on the Tango. I imagine JGW is an Englishman, and therefore probably has no idea of what a real tango is. Here is a tango as danced in the 1935 film "Tango Bar."


First you see Tito Lusiardo, and then the immortal Carlos Gardel cuts in. This is the way the tango was danced from the 1920s into the 1950s. [My wife and I won a tango contest in 1951 in one of the dances organized by the student association of the University of Uruguay. We danced it just as you see in the above youtube]. Bridget, do you think that the classic style of dancing the tango has anything remotely resembling "The Yale Blues" style of dance? I seriously doubt it. I'would be interested in your opinion.


Posted on Apr 30, 2010, 2:44 PM

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