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British Dance Council Considering Same-Sex Partner Competition Ban

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The British Dance Council (BDC) will on Monday consider a proposal that would define a dance partnership as between “one man and one lady,” reports The Guardian.

The proposal is based on an argument that a two-man partnership has an unfair advantage over a mixed-sex pairing due to additional strength and stamina.

If the proposal is passed, John Church and his partner Alex Lewall will be banned from defending their UK Closed Championship, over-35 pre-championship title at the next championships later this month. The pair, who are both gay but not in a relationship, have been dancing together for four years.

Speaking to The Guardian, Church said:  

"It's a totally regressive step and as far as we are concerned it would be the end of our dancing careers. We don't want to be trailblazers, we aren't asking for special treatment, we just want to dance and to be judged solely on our dancing – not what sex we are."

If voted in, the new rule will state:

"This council recognises a partnership to be one man and one lady in all adult amateur and professional competitions and championships unless otherwise stated."

According to BDC president Bryan Allen, the change in the rules will not result in a ban on same-sex couples but mean there would be a category which was only open to mixed couples.

However, in dismissing the proposed rule change, Church said “dancing isn't about power, it's about technique, positioning, poise, presentation – physical strength doesn't come into it.”

A petition against the rule change, currently with almost 2,000 signatures, is available at Change.org.

Back in 2009, there was some controvery when a same-sex couple auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance.


Must See Movie: An Interview With the Director of 'Test'

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An amazing dance sequence from "Test" 

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 


ChrisMasonJohnsonTEST may sound like a generic title but the fine new gay indie by that name is anything but. Chris Mason Johnson’s Test follows Frankie (Scott Marlowe) a young gay dancer in San Francisco in 1985. He's the troupe's new understudy. He’s learning a dance he might never get to perform. The threat of AIDS looms large — a female dancer worries about the sweat from her gay partner and reminders are everywhere (papers, graffiti, whispered dialogue). It’s not just the dance; Frankie’s beginning a life he might never get to live. 

He and his dancer friends are varying degrees of worried about AIDS and the topic of a new test for it keeps peppering the conversations. Will Frankie take it?

As it turns out you can make a 1985-set AIDS movie that doesn’t follow the typical beats. The dance environment gives Test a surprising visual appeal but, as the director (pictured left) reminds when we settle into our interview, it’s also not fully an AIDS movie in the way we think of them.

“Every other AIDS movie has been about death and dying, understandably. I think it’s safe to say that [Test] is about the fear of getting sick, it’s not about being sick. It’s just as much about dance as anything else.”

Queer cinema has seen better days so it’s a thrill to see an indie this fresh again that speaks so personally to the LGBT audience. Test is in the top 25 iTunes indie charts and the early success is well deserved.

Sex scenes, masculinity debates, and dancing AFTER THE JUMP

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Lena Dunham Interprets Sia's 'Chandelier' and J Lo Defends Her Tight Pants Territory: VIDEO

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There was an abundance of dancing on late night TV last night.

On The Late Show with Seth Meyers, Lena Dunham took to the stage to do an interpretive dance to Sia's "Chandelier" while a woman who was presumably Sia (doing her not-showing-my-face thing) slept in a bunk bed.

Meanwhile, on The Tonight Show, J Lo lashed out at that "little bitch" Jimmy Fallon for encroaching on her tight pants territory.

Watch the clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Male Salsa Dancers - One Straight, One Gay - Dazzle 'America's Got Talent': VIDEO

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Two fierce salsa dancers - one straight and one gay - so inspired the audience and judges on America's Got Talent last night that Howard Stern and Howie Mandel decided to take up the art.

Check out John and Andrew's amazing routine and the subsequent dance lesson,
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Three High-Heeled Dancers Deliver Fierceness On Britain's Got Talent - VIDEO

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Following Kazaky’s high-heeled moves and Conchita Wurst's gender-bending facial hair, three bearded dancers on Britain’s Got Talent strutted their stilettos to a mix of Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Scissor Sisters’ “Let’s Have A KiKi” and Tina Turner’s “Rolling On The River” with a few RuPaul quips thrown in for laughs.

They’re not perfect, but it’s still very high-energy and charming.

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Sia Did an Incredible Live Remake of the 'Chandelier' Video on 'Ellen' Yesterday: WATCH

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You may recall the video for Sia's "Chandelier" in which 11-year-old Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler handed in an incredible performance. She and Sia recreated it on Ellen yesterday, live.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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