Ballroom Dance Inspiration from Down Under – Arkady Bakenov & Rosa Filippello


Arkady Bakenov & Rosa Filippello

There is this cool song from 1982. “Down Under” sung by Men at Work. I’ve heard it so many times, and I love the song, but I never paid attention to its lyrics — until now.

“Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.”

In its original video, I noticed that they are doing some form of dancing – more or less you could call it Roo dancing – so I wasn’t expecting a thunder from down under  – honestly. Until I found this gorgeous couple – Arkady Bakenov & Rosa Filippello

Yes they are from down under.

Arkady and Rosa are current reigning Australian Amateur champions. Their partnership started in 2006.  Here is a brief description of their backgrounds. Before teaming up with Rosa, Arkady was a finalist in all major Australian events. Rosa was Australia’s  champion at age 11 , and danced with popular “Dancing With Stars” U.S. dancer Derek Hugh in 2004 -2005.

Since they are from the Southern hemisphere, probably some people are not familiar with them. I happened to find them on Australian championship Youtube video.

Here is Australian Dancesport Championships 2009

The comment here is  – “It really was Akady & Rosa first and daylight second” (Dancebeat World 2008)

Rumba starts at 4:06. So breathtakingly well articulated! This couple makes a series of difficult moves look so easy and so fluid.

So I decided to look for more of their dancing, and found some more !

The Youtube title is “Humphreys Xmas Party” — Thank God, they have done special performance at their dance studio !

The Rumba starts at 0:14. It shows a perfect technique in my opinion, accompanied by such extraordinary beautiful musicality.

Jive starts at 4:19

Let’s go on to the next video.

This is has Paso Doble, Samba, and Cha Cha.

So here is a quote by Rosa

“Never be afraid to try new things. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark, Professionals built the Titanic.”

The song “Down Under” is a great song. The lyrics are brilliant. But now it’s time to change one line there.

“Where women glow, and men plunder” must be changed to “Where women glow, and men glow also”

I say, “Ah Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?”

This couple is an exceptionally beautiful couple with such mastery of musicality. I really adore and love them and wish to see a whole lot more of their dancing. Folks, if you have their dancing videos, please upload !

Bonus Section:

If you haven’t watched this amazing rendition of  JP’s version of this “Down Under”, here you go.


One Response to “Ballroom Dance Inspiration from Down Under – Arkady Bakenov & Rosa Filippello”

  1. Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed your article so much I linked it to our Facebook page. Thank you.

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