20 December 2011


I swear my other half gets fed up with me spotting things that make good reference, although it's probably more down to the fact that I point them out to her (she's not an animator). This one received the obligatory sigh when I excitedly leapt from the couch to rewind and watch it again, so I thought I'd share.

I've repeated the footage three times at regular speed, then once at half speed and once at one fifth speed. There's so many of the animation principles on display here, I'll just let you watch.

For the uninitiated, the clip is from the BBC television series "Strictly Come Dancing" in which a series of celebrities (who are new to ballroom dancing) compete over 12 weeks to be crowned champions. This lift/catch by the overall winners Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani comes from their "American Smooth" in the grand final. Stunning and absolutely effortless.


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