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Last night was the first show of the new season for "Dancing With the Stars" in the US. I'm not sure I'll be watching it much this fall despite the inclusion of some talented celebrities. I wasn't impressed with the new set or the new format, and to be honest, the involvement of that person from The Jersey Shore absolutely puts me off. But I like the girl from "Glee" dancing with Derek Hough as well as the obligatory Disney featured teen. He was amazing.
Dance is a fabulous way of storytelling, from ballet to hip hop to ballroom. I'm amazed at the way a flick of the hand or the extension of a leg can convey emotion. That's one of the reasons I started my new Save the Last Dance series from Champagne Books. The other is that my good friend in Australia began taking competition ballroom lessons and shared her experiences with me. (Thanks, Wombat!)
The first novella in the series is A Dangerous Dance. Part of it was inspired by the experience I had attending the New York premiere of King Arthur back in 2004--the set-up process, the photographers, security, crowd...everything was a fascinating circus. Then the celebrities showed up and the craziness cranked up ten notches.
But part of this story of two people who meet and realize they have a magical connection but bad choices have trapped them in unhappy relationships was also inspired by the lyrics of David Bowie's song, "Let's Dance" from the 1980s.
Let's dance Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Let's dance to the song they're playin' on the radio
If you say run, I'll run with you
If you say hide, we'll hide
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two
If you should fall Into my arms
And tremble like a flower
Let's dance for fear your grace should fall
Let's dance for fear tonight is all
[My husband and I used to kid around and sing, "Put on your red shoes and eat prime rib," ha ha]The song has now been remixed to even more incredible awesomeness for a Kia commercial: