Category: Fred Astaire
But then there are those that move in and out of style, names that can appear timeless in one period and then seem tired and fusty in another. These names, once at the top of their class, are now nearer the bottomâ€”in one case having slipped away completely.
Yesterday we looked at forgotten girls’ classics. Today we bring you a dozen classic boys’ names that have fallen off the radar but deserve a fresh look.
Itâ€™s not really so surprising that the names of dances would be strikingly rhythmic and melodic, but when I started to look into it, I was somewhat taken abackÂ by the sheer number and varietyâ€”and by how many of them could conceivably be seen as baby names.
The following list cuts across time and space, from Italian Renaissance peasant dancesÂ and Â stately minuets to complex international folk dances to Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers to 1960s line dancing to 1980s BrazilianÂ zouk.
ABHIAâ€”a ceremonial danceÂ done byÂ southern Sudan tribal women around a mango tree
ABRAXASâ€”a serpentine ritual dance of the Greek Gnostics to the deity of that name
ALEMANDERâ€”folk dance performed in Germany and Switzerland
APARINAâ€”a Tahitian dance for 60 men and women sitting in four rows
BARYNYAâ€”a lively Russian folk dance; also the name of several Russian folk dancing ensembles
BOSTONâ€”the original name of the American Waltz, introduced in that city in 1834
BRANSIEâ€”an old French follow-the-leader dance
CALATAâ€”an Italian town dance done in triple time
CARINOSAâ€”Philippine dance of love
CEROCâ€”a simplified version of modern jive dance
CHACONNEâ€”a slow, solemn dance of Spanish or Moorish origin; also a popular social dance in 17-18th century France
CHULAâ€”a traditional dance from Portugal and southern Brazil; also means beautiful in Spanish