Leonard Bernstein

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Bad Ass

Published October 10, 2012 by Sandee

My last post sparked conversation with fellow NYC blogger Lame Adventures who mentioned wanting to live in NYC after falling in love with the movie West Side Story as a child.   Coincidence!  I just thought about wanting to post that dance at the gym scene last year after having to rent the movie when missing the screenings in the city for the 50th anniversary.  I couldn’t find a decent clip though.

I like the beginning dance scene where Maria spins around in her white dress and transports magically to the gym where the whites and Puerto Ricans are dancing.   This dancing is bad ass.  I love Leonard Bernstein’s orchestration because it captures the feel of sexy adolescence.

Yes, I remember sexy adolescence.  What perky bunnies we were.  We had parties all the time when I was growing up in the city and sometimes boys from rival groups would intrude on the neighborhood turf and there’d be a ruckus — good times, good times…  Overall, the kids I grew up with were good kids from good families.  You know, shit just happens sometimes living in the city.

In this scene, that blonde girl kicks ass dancing — in fact it looks like she could kick some serious ass ass.  I just think the whole damn thing is sexy.  I like the way her friends check her out and stop dancing to watch her dance, and when they all slow down and dance close together, yeah.

I could only find a 10 minute video which is long — so just drag over to the 1:57 minute point and you’ll see what I’m saying: