Update: 12:26 PM EST I’ve just been informed that the story at The Gentleman’s Journal linked below is not loading. My apologies and I’ve informed my editor to investigate the broken link.
Update: 12:49 Link should be working.
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I’ve recently begun writing for The Gentleman’s Journal, a London-based luxury magazine with close ties to the financial industry (the founder is a young private equity guy). They just launched a US version of their website, and thus have an inatiable appetite for what we in the media business call “content.” The magazine will be a bit flashy for die-hard trads (yachts, supercars, exotic locales — basically the world of James Bond), but so far they’re letting me do what I want, and when there’s something I think you’d enjoy, I’ll share it here.
First up is a piece called “Rock Steady” on the art of the slow dance.
I’ve mentioned before that for many years I’ve been a swing and ballroom dancer and used to do a lot of teaching. Even if you don’t want to go that far, being able to pull off a simple slow dance is one of those gentlemanly skills you ought to have. In golf they say that you’ve developed a sound swing not when there’s anything left to add, but when there’s nothing left to take away. Slow dancing is kind of like that. You don’t want to be marching around on every beat while gyrating your hips and pumping your arm up and down. That’s not how Cary Grant would do it, so let’s start by getting rid of any inclinations you might have to do that kind of stuff.
Head over here to the Gentleman’s Journal to read the piece, and get ready for the upcoming holiday parties and New Year’s Eve. — CC
Top image from “Seven Sisters Style” by Rebecca C. Tuite.