Rita and Ava: My Dancing Inspirations
I love dancing especially flamenco. My obsession with classic films started around 6 or 7 years old. I don’t know how I learned Rita Hayworth was a flamenco dancer. I don’t recall seeing her flamenco film The Loves of Carmen but maybe I saw a documentary. I have so much movie knowledge but don’t know where I get it. Anyway because of Hayworth I spent my childhood dreaming of flamenco and Spain.
My mother tried her best to find a flamenco teacher for me. She could only find one in Tampa. We lived in St. Peterburg. It was too far of a drive. My mom took belly dancing classes at the recreational center across from our house. It’s too bad I didn’t take classes at the rec center because belly dance has a lot of flamenco arm movements. It would have given me a head start because I didn’t take flamenco until my mid-20s. At least I eventually learned beyond a basic level. I suppose I could be classified lower intermediate in my flamenco skill. Rita Hayworth is the one to thank for my love of dancing. Ava Gardner too. I found out she learned flamenco while filming The Barefoot Contessa and continued dancing after falling in love with it and the Spanish culture. Of course I wanted to be like Hayworth and Gardner. I don’t have any videos of Ava Gardner but below are more videos of Rita Hayworth, the dancer. Enjoy. Make sure to check out the Rita videos from yesterday’s Rita post.