Thursday, October 19, 2006

It takes two to ...

Tango. And also to cha-cha, waltz and rhumba, as these guys prove. Be sure to check out their hippy hippy shakes on this page (which includes their underwear-clad interview and performance on the Naked News - not for the faint at heart, young children or the terminally homophobic).

I'm so proud of these guys. Firstly, they're the first and so far only gay couple to represent Israel in dancesport (which is what the ballroom dancing event is known as at the Out Games); secondly, they were outstanding ambassadors of our country at a time when we really needed all the good press we could get, during the latest war; and thirdly (and perhaps most importantly, for them), they actually won the gold medal in their event! (apologies, that link is in Hebrew) Which, for a couple who had only been dancing for about 6 months, is no mean feat.

By the way, Gur also has a blog.

You go, boys!

10 Comments:

Anonymous John said...

Makes me want to take dance classes! Naked News is HOT but I am SO GLAD that most news people are covered.

19 October, 2006 10:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked Naked News; For me it's a fresh vantage point. But the scripting is SOOOOOOO corny. Did the Israeli guys get much local press cover?

19 October, 2006 22:49  
Blogger Nominally Challenged said...

John - When you guys finally move to TLV, I'll take you to dance classes if you like :)

Stef - script? you mean, there's talking as well? LOL
And no, Dan & Gur received almost no local press coverage, from what I can tell. At least, not from the mainstream press. Which is frustrating, but I don't think that they are terribly troubled by that.

20 October, 2006 02:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well... Well... Well... I've just read your great post about us and I thank you and all of the commentators. A few updates, if I may:
1. We do have an ENGLISH site, that covers our story, photos and videos (yeo, the NAKED NEWS interview is there, and you can also watch us dance THE RUMBA IN UNDERWEAR... (the uncensored version is NOT in the site, but we do have it...)
2. We did get some local Canadian coverage - xtra and such, and there were some local news teams that talked to us. It was actually kind of cool.

So - you are all welcome to visit our site. I don't know how to link it from a commnt (sorry guys, HTML is not my field, but RUMBA is...) so it's www.Dance4Gold.com

We update it all the time and of course we'll include a link to this post as well!

And yes - we also have a mutual blog there. We update it once a week or so.

Thanks again!

Gur Rosen and Dan Almagor
www.dance4gold.com

24 October, 2006 10:14  
Blogger Nominally Challenged said...

My absolute pleasure, guys :) Thanks for stopping by!

24 October, 2006 14:39  
Anonymous Alexander said...

What is so great about it?

1) Ballroom dance is meant to highlight the beauty of the difference between the sexes and how dance makes the man set off the woman to her best advantage. This is not ballroom dance. It's two guys imitating it.
2) All the greatest forms of dance highlight the beauty of women.
3) Without a beautiful woman, there's nothing to watch.
AND LASTLY
4) Homosexuality is by definition sterile, and should not be encouraged in Israel. Israel needs for Jews to have children.

The more Jews like you, the more likely Israel will disappear. You are simply doing Ahmadinejad's work for him. Truly, a shame.

27 October, 2006 21:08  
Blogger Nominally Challenged said...

Alexander - I do think that I said that this post was not for the terminally homophobic. However, since you were so kind as to number your points and therefore make your position look official, I'll answer.
1) Who said?
2) So what?
3) Then don't watch it.
4) Wrong. Homosexuals are not sterile by definition and there is nothing stopping them from having children. The problem is not one of sterility but of the inability of people like you to accept individual differences. I know of many Israeli gay couples with children. There would be more if it was easier for our unions to be recognized.

And finally, if you don't like this, I don't really care. Homosexuality is a fact, Alexander, whoever you may be. It makes no difference to anyone whether you approve of it or not.

Oh and quite frankly, your opinions on what is and is not good for Israel are of even less interest to me than your opinions on ballroom dancing.

28 October, 2006 01:21  
Anonymous Alexander said...

Definition of the word "homophobe": anyone that homosexuals don't like, or who brings up subjects that homosexuals find uncomfortable to deal with.

"Wrong. Homosexuals are not sterile by definition"

Correct, and I didn't say that. I said "homosexuality" is. A man cannot impregnate another man, despite his best efforts.

"and there is nothing stopping them from having children."

Right! If they practice (gasp) heterosexuality, even if by resort to the turkey-baster, or the petri dish.

Ya need an egg and a sperm to make babes.

"The problem is not one of sterility but of the inability of people like you to accept individual differences. "

I accept individual differences. It's the glorification of the activity of a group, whose sexual practices are sterile, to which I object.

"I know of many Israeli gay couples with children. There would be more if it was easier for our unions to be recognized."

Recognizing gay unions has nothing to do with it. The fact is that when homosexuals want kids, they have to resort to, shall we say, unusual measures to accomplish this goal.

"And finally, if you don't like this, I don't really care."

Fair enough. Homosexuality is a fact, Alexander, whoever you may be. It makes no difference to anyone whether you approve of it or not."

Maybe so but there's a lot of people like me and we object to homosexuality being put in the same category as heterosexuality.

The reality of men and women is a fact, dude.

Who created you? Two breeders. You came out of a woman's vagina.

Kids take many years to raise, and raising children in an enviroment where they do not see a man and woman interacting on a daily level is terrible. It should not be encouraged by social policy.

"Oh and quite frankly, your opinions on what is and is not good for Israel are of even less interest to me than your opinions on ballroom dancing."

Whatever. You took the time to respond, so I can't take that totally seriously.

28 October, 2006 09:46  
Anonymous Alexander said...

PS You might also call me anti-male, even though I am a guy, because if you put a gun to my head and said, "choose between lesbian couples raising children and gay male couples raising children," I would choose the former, although I think both are bad.

I never thought of this before I heard something on the radio about two homosexual guys who paid some woman to have a baby. I was shocked, disgusted, appalled and nauseated. I don't care what you do in bed, it is no business of mine. But -- the idea that a child will be raised without a mother is abhorrent to me, yes. To rip a child from its mother's arms soon after birth is, yes, perverse, and totally against nature. I will never agree that this is an acceptable way of raising a child.

To raise a child w/out a father is not optimal, but it's nowhere near depriving a child of its mother--a mother is life itself.

Sorry if you can't deal with this dude, but there are some facts that are bigger than your desires.

28 October, 2006 09:53  
Anonymous Gur Rosen said...

Well, each is entitled to his own view. Actually, the Tango was originally danced by two men, before it was danced by a man and a woman.
But here I am defending myself.
Alexander - thanks for the provocation but really, who the fuck cares what you think?
It's not about being gay at all. Read my lips: we had a goal, we practiced all year round to acheive it, and we brought the GOLD medal to Israel.
That's the bottom line, we are proud of ourselves, and we will keep on winning!
Again, I invite you all (eccept Alexander, hell, I'm paying for the bandwidth so why pay for someone who doesn't enjoy my site???) to enjoy our achivement on:
www.dance4gold.com

02 November, 2006 16:13  

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