Poetry of the foot, #JohnDryden #dancequote #quote #flamenco

Dancer from Gala Flamenco, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival and quote from Dryden, (c) Carole Edrich 2015

Dancer from Gala Flamenco, Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival and quote from Dryden, (c) Carole Edrich 2015

While “Dancing is the poetry of the foot” sounds great, as far as I can tell it is a simplification.
John Dryden’s play, The Rival Ladies, Act III reads;

“Man
Tis well, desire them.
They would leave out the words, and fall to dancing.
The poetry of the foot takes most of late.
The poet, sir, will take that very ill…”

The image is a dancer with bata de cola performing at Antonio Gades’ Gala Flamenco, part of Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival 2015.

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