Couples Dancing

Irving Berlin wrote the song ‘Cheek to Cheek’ and it was featured in the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers 1935 movie Top Hat.  No movie inspired more couples to dance closely together more than watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in this musical screwball comedy.  Astaire sang as he danced with Rogers and his version of ‘Cheek to Cheek’ was in the charts for 18 weeks.  Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong recorded a memorable version of this song in 1956.  Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga recorded an album of duets called Cheek To Cheek in 2014, which featured this song.  They performed it at the Grammy Awards in 2015 and the album won for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.  This song describes the glorious feeling of dancing very close with a person that you want to have in your arms because you care deeply for them.

Dancing as a social event has completely changed over the past century, although it’s still something people do to have fun, and meet other people, couples dancing has become more individual stylized and this happened way before the Billy Idol song ‘Dancing With Myself’.  The destabilization of the couple dance started back to the ragtime moves of the early 1900s, when silly, simple dances named after animals like the Grizzly Bear, the Bunny Hug and the Turkey Trot became the next craze and in the 1920s and 1930s, partner dancing grew further and further away when new dance styles like the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug were introduced.  The couple dance form all but completely collapsed, when the rock ‘n’ roll revolution introduced solo dances like the Twist.  Before that, attending a dance hall meant that you had to know specific steps, and being able to execute them with a partner.  It was the primary way of breaking the ice with a potential mate by using the language of courtship.  Not knowing some basic steps would have been socially crippling back in the day, but modern dance steps are more free form.

Heaven, I’m in heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together, dancing cheek to cheek

Yes, heaven, I’m in heaven
And the cares that hung around me through the week
Seems to vanish like a gambler’s lucky streak
When we’re out together, dancing cheek to cheek

Oh I’d love to climb the mountain
Reach the highest peak
But it doesn’t thrill me half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek

Oh, I’d love to go out fishing
In a river or a creek
But I don’t enjoy it half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek

Now, mama, dance with me
I want my arms about you
The charms about you
Will carry me through, yes

Heaven, I’m in heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together, dancing cheek to cheek
Take it Ella, swing it

Heaven, I’m in heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together, dancing cheek to cheek

Heaven, I’m in heaven
And the cares that hung around me through the week
Seem to vanish like a gambler’s lucky streak
When we’re out together, dancing cheek to cheek

Oh I’d love to climb a mountain
And to reach the highest peak
But it doesn’t thrill me half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek

Oh I love to go out fishing
In a river or a creek
But I don’t enjoy it half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek

Come on and dance with me
I want my arm about you
The charm about you
Will carry me through to

Heaven, I’m in heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together, dancing cheek to cheek

Yes, dance with me
I want my arms about you
The charms about you
Will carry me through to

Heaven, I’m in heaven (heaven, I’m in heaven)
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together, dancing cheek to cheek

Cheek to cheek
Cheek to cheek
Cheek to cheek

Written for Thursday Inspiration #135 Angel of The Morning where the prompt word is cheek.

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