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Madrid City in English
Wednesday 23rd of August 2017
Jeff Wiseman 1306 30th of May 2013 by editor 30th of May 2013
Your picnic dance partner. Photo (CC):flickr dr relling
Top ten: Madrid Summer Dances

As the temperature rises, Jeff Wiseman looks at some of the summer dance routines that you can expect to see in the city

1. The “Cross-Road” Scurry—a team dance, in which all participants hide in the shade near a road junction until the “green man” appears. Everyone then scurries across the sunlit street as quickly as possible, usually in small, quick steps.

2. The Mosquito Waltz—often takes place in a park when you’re halfway through a picnic. Your partner, a mosquito, takes a keen interest in your marmalade sandwich, resulting in a dance of frantic arm-waving, ducking, and running.

3. The Metro Collapse—a basic dance where the crowds and heat on the Metro mean you lose all muscle power in your legs. You collapse, other passengers pull you to your feet, then you collapse again. Continue ad infinitum.

4. The Sunlight Stagger—side to side, or backwards and forwards, this dance can be easily achieved by anyone who walks in direct sunlight for more than a few seconds. Normally preceded by blurred vision and a strong thirst.

5. The Wall/Street Shuffle—usually undertaken when the sun is directly overhead, citizens shuffle along the sides of buildings, in an effort to stay in the shade. Meeting a fellow Wall/Street shuffler can result in a stand-off, with neither party wishing to step aside.

6. Tap Dance—joyous routine that celebrates finding a drinking fountain, and particularly its water dispenser. Popular in parks or offices without air conditioning.

7. Two Step—popular in the middle of August and named after the number of strides you can make before you have to stop, pause for breath, and recover.

8. River Dance—almost no movement with this one; just a contemplative but not unexpected nod that occurs when the Manzanares dries up.

9. The Can’t Can’t—Madrid’s answer to the French “Can Can”, although in a madrileño summer context the first word relates to working and the second to sleeping.

10. The Bar Rush—a team or individual dance. If no liquid has been consumed for more than ten minutes, participants rush en masse to the nearest bar, when the dance materialises with a flurry of hand waving and loud cries of “caña, caña”.

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