THE EFFORT REQUIRED TO LEARN A NEW WALK.

THE EFFORT REQUIRED TO LEARN A NEW WALK. Here is the article from 1904 that Molly sent me. The effort it describes as being necessary to learn the new walk explains why it could well take three months to learn it (the article is from the September 25, 1904 edition of the Pittsburgh Press). The article was headed “YOU MUST LEARN THE WALK OF 1905” The new walk was described as having a military carriage, and it was suggested that a West Point cadet would be a good teacher. Running on all fours was one of the exercises recommended to improve gracefulness. An example was given of a woman who practiced doing this for six months and became graceful.

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One Response to THE EFFORT REQUIRED TO LEARN A NEW WALK.

  1. My God, who was this woman who was so obsessed with becoming graceful she
    ran on all fours for six months? This is an amazing fact (factoid?)–as well as an
    amazing image!
    Speaking of learning a new way of walking, Phil, what about Henry Woronicz as
    Falstaff? Henry is a slim, fit man, but when he played Falstaff this past summer
    at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, his walk and all his other movements were
    totally convincing. In fact, while the fat suit he wore gave an illusion of corpulence,
    it was how he moved his body that was the real convincer. One woman in the audience could be heard to worry that “that poor man shouldn’t be allowed to exert
    himself so much. He could have a heart attack right there on the stage!”

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