Brian Hartley Sago
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Tango, Flamenco & the Cakewalk

When I was a wee lad, a neighbor asked me what I would be when I grew up. Somehow I had the idea that you picked a person and became them when you grew up, so I responded, “I’m going to be Cab Calloway and I’ll marry Josephine Baker.” Both were dancers, but I was mainly awed by their stage presence, white tuxedos and banana skirts. And I liked Calloway’s version of “Minnie the Moocher.”

Dance continued to interest me when I was a kid dancing at powwows in Missouri. When I was eighteen I started fencing, which because of its choreography and the give-and-take relationship with your opponent, it is jokingly said that fencing is ballet with the intent to kill. Later I developed a strong interest in flamenco and tango, because I loved the music first and then figured I should learn a bit about the companion dances. These prints stem from a long love of the art.