Relationship violence as art
September 22, 2009 2:24 PM Subscribe
Apache (a-POSH) dancing
posted by gillyflower (24 comments total)
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(French, not Native American), popular in Paris in the early parts of the 20th century, pitted a male and a female dancer against each other in over-the-top--and sometimes hawt
Related in some ways to the tango, the Apache dance
emphasizes realistic-looking violence and is said to re-enact an argument between a pimp and prostitute. How did it come to be called Apache? Apocryphally, from the name of a Parisian street gang
given to violence so savage it was compared to the activities of the Indian tribe. Weapons could be involved, and each partner gave as good as he got.
Its popularity spread through streets, nightclubs and cabarets, and it was seen on stage and screen
. Rudolf Valentino faked the tango
, but was an expert Apache dancer.
Can be somewhat hard to watch if your kind of dancing is the type of thing you see on "Dancing with the Stars". But Apache has its own artistry (and lots of acrobatics), even in the later, more comical stylized movie settings
And people are still dancing Apache
, albeit usually in a more PC style.