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Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son

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Subject: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 05:42 AM

What can I say... When this was brought to my attention, I could hardly believe my eyes. But it's all true - Michael Flatley, move over!


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Sttaw Legend
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 07:08 AM

Excellent


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 07:21 AM

There is something within a Brit that hates the Irish. Enslave us, starve us and now mock us!


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 07:37 AM

er... Brit? As in "from Cyprus"? And I don't see this as mocking either the Irish or their tradition (if Michael Flatley's Riverdance can be seen as part of such a tradition, which is a moot point) - this is self-mockery, pure and simple.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 07:45 AM

Right on George, they were so excellent at having a laugh at themselves that those supercilious twats on the panel were rendered speechless, great achievement.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 08:43 AM

They weren't mocking the Irish, just Mr. Flatley...and they were very funny and mocking themselves too. Lovely clip, George. Lovely father and son.

I actually happen to love Michael Flatley's dancing. I don't care if he's thought of as being a little on the egotistical side, as for me, when you have a talent that stupdendous, you can damn well be anything you want! :0)

On the 'Lord of the Dance' videos, it's really interesting to hear Michael talking about his childhood. He was born to dance. He had a mind that never turned off. As a little boy, at 4am he'd be up making incredibly detailed models out of matchsticks, always thinking, designing, planning...

When the rest of the cast of Lord of the Dance would go home exhausted, after yet another sold out performance, he'd stay behind, working out how to make the next day's performance EVEN better! He'd carry on dancing and dancing, thinking, planning again, over and over..and that carries on even when he's at home, in his head...thinking, thinking, thinking..

It's a brain pattern I see in so many deeply talented people, what gives us perfection, brilliance...

I thought it was wonderful how the audience reacted to them both though, and the judges too...Heck, they even brought a natural smile to Simon Cowell's face, who for once in his life actually looked really relaxed, enjoying himself immensely.

Great to see a Dad and his Son so very close. What a relationship they have! What **fun** they have!

It's time the Greeks took over the planet! ;0)

20/10 George!

Brilliant! :0)


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: artbrooks
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 08:59 AM

OMG!!


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Big Mick
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 09:04 AM

I remember watching Flatley years ago doing competitive dance around the Chicago area. The comments always were that he was a brilliant dancer, but that it seemed it was about him and not the dance. That held true when the original Riverdance came about. The friction between himself and Jean Butler was due to the fact that he felt he should have star billing when Jean was every bit the dancer that he was, and just as big a star in the world of Irish dance. His ego was so big that he left the show and created Lord. I always felt like Lord of the Dance was about Flatley, and Riverdance was about the dance and the music, even if somewhat commercialized. Colin Dunne, in my estimation is every bit the dancer that Flatley is. I enjoy watching Flatley, but I am not ga-ga about him.

To the subject at hand. This father/son are just wonderful. And there is not one bit of mocking the Irish. Sure they take the piss on a pretentious Irish American, but they are, after all, only doing the things that Flatley does himself. And these are the self same things that cause many in his own community to hold their nose a bit. It was a joy to watch these two having fun together. What a great relationship they have. I wasn't offended in the least.

I am really enjoying the clips from Britain's Got Talent. What great fun, and now two great surprises in these lads and Susan Boyle.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: frogprince
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 10:49 AM

Another pure delight. When Susan Boyle was linked from Yahoo news, there was also a link for a toothless six year old sweetheart who did a stunning job with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"; she's probably on Youtube too. To me, this is running so far ahead of what little I've seen of "American Idol" winners "styling" their guts inside out that there's no comparison.

I couldn't make myself pay money to see "Lord of the Dance". When I hear the Sydney Carter song, I see a scene from an Easter Sunrise service in Chicago 30 years ago: the teenagers of the church dancing, leaping, twirling, singing, playing, down the center aisle, with tamborines or whatever any of them happened to play. "Dance, then, wherever you may be!" I can't stomach any pile of egotism appropriating that title for self-promotion.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Bernard
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 11:35 AM

I heard that Mr. Flatley had put on a few pounds, and was now touring with 'Lard of the Dance'...!


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 11:59 AM

I actually saew the show and was so amused as well as admiring them for what they did.... but I came away thinking... "What can they do for an encore"??? Time will tell eh?


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: GUEST,Golightly
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 12:03 PM

I watched it on TV as it was broadcast and had a right old laugh at it. Though they did take the p*** out of Flatley's mannerisms, I thought they did the bits of Irish dancing for real and without mockery.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 12:07 PM

Zorba The Geek
Greece Is The Word
Hair's Prey
Kebab baloopa balam bam boom


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: frogprince
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 12:08 PM

Just looked on Youtube and found that the clips of Connie Talbot, the six year old, have actually been up for a year. I assumed, from the Yahoo link, that she had just come on the scene. Regardless of that, she's another charmer.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 12:18 PM

The above list of possibilities was in answer to Georgiansilver's question. Consider also:

Morris 'n Minor
Donner on A Sunday


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 02:35 PM

I loved this video.   Thanks for sharing. I also wonder how they can top that? Maybe Morris Disco.

God now I have a vision of thick middle aged John Travolta wearing skin tight whites, shirt open to the navel and a schload of bells dangling down gold chain on uber hairy chest between his moobs.   

That's the stuff of nightmares.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 02:46 PM

Don't call it that - that's me on a Friday night....


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: SylviaN
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 02:56 PM

I know it's been said, but I have to say it again:

Fun, fun, fun and great father son relationship!

Wonderful.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Bainbo
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 03:29 PM

They might as well call an end to the series now, and send the rest of the contestants home. We have a winner!


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Surreysinger
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 04:06 PM

Yup - Susan Boyle (see other thread). Loved this dance, but as above, I have grave doubts about how they're going to follow this, unless they have other dancers of other genres ready and waiting in the wings to take off...


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Folkiedave
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 05:24 PM

All Greek to me.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 06:44 PM

What a gem. Thanks for the link, George.

DeG


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 09:47 AM

Thanks, George.   I enjoyed it.


What's the son's name? Sometimes it sounds like 'Laddie' to me, and sometimes I think I hear a G in the middle.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 10:29 AM

Laki - pronounced "Lakkie"


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 10:35 AM

Or "Lackey"


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: SINSULL
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 11:11 AM

The opening romp was hysterical. I have to admit, at first I was afraid Dad was about to have a heart attack. But he really is fit. i need one of those wigs.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: meself
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 11:15 AM

I thought the name was "Leggy", and that it was a put-on, judging from the way the kid looks at his father when he says it. Could be wrong, of course.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 11:24 AM

Some newspaper reports refer to him as "Lagi". But this is not a name I recognise, I believe the tendency towards "g" is due to the Cypriot accent, it happens in other words too. Later in the clip Dad pronounces it more clearly.

I'd say there is a 10% chance I got it wrong and the lad is actually called "Lagi", but if so he is in for leg-pulls in Greece and Cyprus, as this sounds a little like "hares" and a little like "unleaven bread"...


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Bill D
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 11:56 AM

I LOVED Stavros & son, both for their talent and for the poke at Flatley.

Many years ago, I saw Flatley at the Smithsonian Festival in Wash. DC. He was a youngster then, but already famous and amazing. They put him on stage with a pretty young woman, and they danced a routine where they did exactly the same steps, and she was amazing...as good, it seemed to ME as he was.
   But what caught my ear was the introduction....they announced:

"And now, **Michael Flatley**.... and Sharon, from Connecticut"

I'd bet that he told them not to use her full name.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: GUEST,Wish I were Greek
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 09:28 PM

Fantastic from the get-go - the keep-you-in-suspense-with-baritone-mellifluousness-voiced announcer and then come a prancing out......what creative genious.

Anybody know the name of the music they danced to? Haunting. Makes me want to jig after a keg.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 10:33 AM

Thanks, George, for the info about the son's name.

Their act is farcical, of course, but they are doing some talented stepping, as well. I was glad to see the audience respond to that.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: greg stephens
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 10:55 AM

I am assuming(and very much looking forward to it) that Stavros and son have a Zorba the Greek routine ready as well for the next round of heats. And a John Travolta and a Swan Lake, hopefully, as they progress towards the final..


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: foggers
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 03:28 PM

Genius - thanks for posting this George!


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 10:15 PM

Greg, Remember Nureyev dancing Swine Lake with Miss Piggy? Classic.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: GUEST,Honey
Date: 17 May 09 - 04:28 AM

Can anybody be a dear and tell me what's the name of the song during Stavros Flatly's performance?


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 18 May 09 - 03:13 AM

Great video. Great to see a father and son, having great times spoofing together!! Loved it!


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 May 09 - 03:22 AM

I looked at the thread title and I thought to myself, this thread has the name "George Papavgeris" written all over it."

That's what I thought. Hey, I was right, wasn't I?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Banjo-Flower
Date: 18 May 09 - 01:51 PM

Guest Honey Drowsy Maggie

Gerry


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: GUEST,Fabián
Date: 14 Jun 09 - 03:51 PM

The song's name is "Cry of the Celt".....

:D


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 15 Jun 09 - 04:42 AM

Wonderful!

The dancing equivalent of "Tone Deaf Leopard", and every bit as much fun.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: GUEST,alison
Date: 01 Jul 09 - 10:20 AM

you were both great fun you two were the best,what was the title of your music you danced to


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Art Thieme
Date: 01 Jul 09 - 07:34 PM

The Flatley brothers were at one of the University Of Chicago Folk Festivals. Amazing.

Sinsull, when Nureyev had just defected, he was in a production of Borodin's Prince Igor at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. A friend gave me a ticket. He was in the Polovotsian Dances section of the opera, and when he leaped onto the stage from the left to begin, it was one of the most amazing things I've ever witnessed.

Art


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Subject: RE: Riverprance: Stavros Flatley & Son
From: Acme
Date: 01 Jul 09 - 08:24 PM

What a treat, Art! I saw him dance in NYC in the late 1970s. It was unforgettable.

SRS


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