Maybe I’m by myself in this, but I like to have dance parties alone in my apartment. Seriously a great past time and good exercise! It started when Tom admitted Shakira “Hips Don’t Lie” was on his playlist, prompting me to actually listen to the song. Then I began to salsa to it alone in the kitchen while cooking and doing dishes. It only grew from there, especially in the winter months when I don’t walk as much. I won’t even try to pretend I haven’t imagined dancing with Tom, but really, dancing alone = 100% awesome.
Yet as I watched more and more Tom Hiddleston dancing videos, I began to wonder whether or not Tom can dance with a partner. It seems all dancing he does, other than the waltz in Crimson Peak, is by himself. The BAFTA dance video partially answers this question as affirmative.
Dancing at the BAFTAs After Party 2016
My favorite part of this video is the girl who crosses the foreground gripping her BAFTA like, “I only care about my BAFTA, screw that Tom Hiddleston guy and his elan.”
I’m also a fan of how much Tom is leading this girl and how much she seriously is just trying to keep up. The first time I saw this I thought, “Oh man, I need to work on my dance skills.” But now that I’m revisiting in a larger format, I realize that Tom is basically just spinning her quite a few times and they are not doing any actual dance steps until some attempts towards the end where she nearly loses her balance (to her credit, she’s in heels). Perfectly acceptable situation, especially when you have long hair or a twirly dress on.
Can Tom Dance, Really?
Let’s be real here, I basically suck at dancing. I mean, I’m not unable to dance, but when I look in the mirror at Zumba class it’s embarrassing how the reflection of me looks with her dance moves. I’ve taken swing and salsa lessons, too! And my Brazilian friend has attempted to teach me samba (proper samba is hard af, you guys). In fact, she even gave me a tip for how to “un-white girl” my hips (the tip is to pretend you’re a puppy and have a tail and someone has shown up and you’re soooooooo excited to see them that you are wagging your tail incredibly vigorously).
But, with my dancing efforts still falling short of what one might consider acceptable, let alone good, I have to ask: Can Tom really dance?
I won’t discredit his elan. According to my Brazilian friend (who has won samba competitions, I should probably add), dancing is 25% skill and 75% confidence. So, Tom has 100% of the confidence portion down to an art form. But what about the 25%? Yes, he’s got rhythm and moves, but can he dance with someone else? Is his dancing really confined to the waltz he had to learn for Crimson Peak and whatever this was in Deep Blue Sea: