Sunday, February 14, 2010

Dancing at the Beach







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Recently I spotted this artwork on Art.com (one of my affiliates) and fell in love with it. I decided I would save it to share on Valentine's Day, because I can't think of anything more romantic than dancing at the beach. Forget the long walks, grab your honey,

kick off your shoes and

dance in the sand!

About The Artwork: Jack Vettriano's "The Singing Butler" is one of the world's most sought-after works of art. In 2004, the painting, which features the romantic image of a couple dancing on a storm-swept beach, was auctioned at Scotland Sotheby's for a record $1.3 million. One of England’s most popular artists, Vettriano is known for working tirelessly for days on end until a painting is completed.





Dancing at the beach has been a favorite pastime for many years by those who love all things beach-related and you know that includes me! 

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello had it right in the movie Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) all those years ago, dancing and partying on the beach. I grew up in the 60s, when surf music was all the rage and beach parties were the place to be on a Saturday night.

Now would be a great time to pick out your favorite beach tune in my sidebar and turn it on!











Who remembers the Watusi, the Pony, the Twist, the Monkey, the Shimmy, the Hully Gully, the Frug and, of course,  

The Swim

C'mon everybody, c'mon in
Bobby's gonna show you how to do the swim
Kinda like the monkey, kinda like the twist
Pretend you're in the water and you go like this
Now baby swim, baby do the swim
Just like the dog but not so low
Like the hully gully but not so slow
Now baby swim, baby do the swim
Do what you wanna, do like you wish
C'mon baby now and swim like a fish

—Bobby Freeman

I had to take one of my visits over to the Library of Congress to see if I could find any vintage prints of people dancing at the beach and was happy to discover that my friends and I were carrying on a time-honored tradition.

Beach Dancing on July 6, 1922

Seven young women dancing on the shore
YWCA 1927

 
1880 Sheet Music

Whether your a couple, a group of gals and guys, a gathering of girlfriends, or by yourself — dancing at the beach has always been fun. 

Don't forget you can always take the kids
and share this joy with them!

 


Let's not forget the ultimate beach dance —
The Hula!

Happy Valentine's Day
and remember —
keep dancing!


17 Thoughtful Comments:

~KS said...

Love them all... what a great way to start my VDay!

Happy happy hearts day to you, my sweetest friend!
xoxoxo

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

What a great post...oh, to be dancing on the beach today!

Have a wonderful day.

Sue

Lori E said...

Ha, those boys on the beach don't look too happy to be awaiting their turns. They still think girls have cooties. (and some do!)Sorry.
That is a romantic thing to do for sure. I wish my husband danced.

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Rhonda
I loved seeing all your fun dancing on the beach images. I wish i was dancing on the beach right now!
Happy Valentine's Day.
Lindsay
x

The Muse said...

sounds like a divine way to celebrate the day of love! i say...party time!

SquirrelQueen said...

Love it all, what great memories. Surfin' Safari's on the player...let's dance!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Judy

George Gaston said...

The painting is perfect! And you look incredible in that red dress...

Happy Valentine's Day....

sissie said...

I am lucky enough to live just minutes from Myrtle Beach, SC, where dancing the shag is a must!
Going to Harold's On The Beach is where you go to dance with the ocean waves almost at your feet.

Happy Valentine's Day and thanks for such a lovely post.

Sissie

nancygrayce said...

I love that! Especially the 1922 picture! That reminds me of Panama City Beach.

gayle said...

Great pictures!! Love all those old songs. Here in NC we have beach music and the Shag!

And can you believe it snow at the beach yesterday!

Lily Robinson said...

What fun! You must be just a tad bit older. I wasn't old enough to go to beach parties when they were the rage. I remember the movie. Yes, dancing on the beach is romantic...

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I've never done the Hula!

bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

Hi Shellbelle, The painting at the top 'Dancing Butler' is so beautiful. I could really use a day at the beach and some fun in the sun. Hope your Valentine's Day weekend was as lovely as you my sweet friend.
xoxo
Bunny
PS, I wore my townie t shirt Friday and my son took some pictures of me in it, I will be posting on it soon. Its such a fun shirt!

merrilymarylee said...

Love those pictures! Looks like there was a scarcity of women in 1922! Maybe in was scandalous? :)

Elie's Papel said...

Lovely selection of photos... enjoy the sun!

bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

Hi just want to tell you I posted pictures of the t shirt! It fits great and I love it!
Hope all is well
xoxo

OceanDreams said...

I hope you had an amazing heart day and I love dancing at the beach. I remember one year in college my girlfriends and I spontaneously on the last day of finals drove to the beach and pranced around...so much fun!

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!

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