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The Body Sphere - Program podcast

ABC Radio National

Health, Alternative Health, Society & Culture

Get physical with Amanda Smith on ABC Radio National's The Body Sphere. It's a program about the human form and the way we use it as we create and compete, care and abuse, display and hide. Published every Sunday.

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Air & Earth: Ballet & Tango

January 13th, 2013

Episode 3 of 99 episodes

A woman walks into a bar. A lone couple is on the dance floor. To the sound of drastic accordion music in a minor key, they cling to each other, their arms twitching as if drowning...I didn't know it yet, but the reason this looked like the main event of their lives was because it was. This is tango. As tango is sexy and earthy, ballet is ethereal and uplifting. Ballet is about elevating the body to transcendence - an idea that comes straight out of the French court of the 17th century. And the history of ballet is written on the bodies of generations of dancers, right through to the present day.

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