PARADISE LOST BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

Grace Jones at Paradise Garage, Keith Haring

Grace Jones at Paradise Garage, Keith Haring

Does anything embody  fun like disco music?  And if you find the exercise that you're doing fun, you're more likely to stick to it, right?  I know it's a tough class.  Really tough at times, but it works doesn't it?  You get results fast.  And when your legs are shaking and you feel that you can't hold the position any longer, just close your eyes, feel the burn and imagine you're in Studio 54 or The Paradise Garage.  

Man, I don't think there's a club in history I would rather have been at that than the Paradise Garage.  That club and it's resident DJ, Larry Levan, epitomise everything that is wonderful about disco music - no judgement or discrimination and friggin good music you can dance to. 

So how is it that I have never seen this documentary before?  Thank you SO much Olivia Efstathiou for introducing it to me.   I shed a few tears of joy and sadness and I really recommend you watch it (below) if you love the music from that era as much as I do.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuBGPj-klT8

It's about the West End Records boss, Mel Cheren, who was the financial backer of the Garage and who discovered Larry.  It's a bittersweet tale  with some of the best disco tracks ever made (lot's of them played to death by me at Disco Barre), but it also reminds us of the brutality of the AIDS crisis in the early 80's that wiped out a lot of the gay community, including Larry Levan and ultimately Cheren (although he survived until 2007).

Also featured heavily is the track that inspired me to create Disco Barre, Work That Body by Taana Gardner (produced by Levan).  One night I was lying on my living room floor listening to it loud, having just completed my gruelling barre training at Barreworks, Richmond and the concept and the name just popped into my brain.  I trade marked it the next day! Apologies for playing it so often for our warm up, but I just love it sooooo much.

So here it is is for you to enjoy again ;) XXX  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_xprmUWVa4