[Tango-L] On dancing to non-tango music
natiber at charter.net
Sun Feb 3 03:15:24 EST 2008
Selling sheet music was big business during the Ragtime Era and it
was not uncommon for pieces of music to be listed as being
appropriate for a variety of dances. For example, Vernon and Irene
Castle danced their famous “Castle walk” to “Tres Moutarde (Too Much
Mustard).” The original sheet music cover lists this as a “One or Two-
step or Tango.
Here is Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing the “Castle Walk” (One
Step) to “Too Much Mustard” in the movie “The Story of Vernon and
Irene Castle.” From all I have read, Irene Castle was on the set and
pressed the director not to take too many liberties with the costumes
or the period dance steps.
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