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December 12, 2009

Yoga, Anyone? The Ross Sisters: Hee-Haw meets Cirque du Soleil!

“As it was described on Metafilter, it’s Hee-Haw meets Cirque du Soleil! Stay tuned for their amazing triple cartwheel finale…”

WTF slash OMG…this starts out cheesy classic 1940s and gets pretzel weird, fast (to the tune of 5 million Youtube views, it’s the 2nd most viewed vid ever if you search “yoga”).

Enjoy?

“The Ross Sisters were a trio of female sibling singing dancers consisting of Aggie Ross, Elmira Ross, and Maggie Ross, (whose real names were Veda Victoria, Dixie Jewel and Betsy Ann Ross). The Ross Sisters performed as a 3-part harmony trio, in which they also danced and did acrobatics and contortionism. Their public attention peaked during the 1940s, during which they were featured prominently in the film Broadway Rhythm. A shortened version of this same clip also appears in the compilation film “That’s Entertainment! III” (1994).”

Video info text:

Solid Potato Salad – The Ross Sisters (1944)

Never underestimate a woman who can get both legs behind her head and wrap her feet around her face. (HINT: Watch past the first 45 seconds or so. Whoah!)

Solid Potato Salad? No, it’s not what you get when you leave the deli container out of the fridge too long. It’s a 1940s term for…something (I have no idea what. ) In this classic footage from the movie “Broadway Rhythm” (1944), the Ross sisters, Aggie, Maggie and Elmira, sing and move in ways that don’t look humanly possible. Yoga anyone? Movie buffs will recognize the tune as one of the background instrumentals from “The Godfather.”

It starts out looking like another kitschy 40’s tune, but give it a minute. Things get wild! Now if I can just figure out what apples have to do with potato salad…

(Extra trivia: While the Ross Sisters are billed in their act as Aggie, Maggie and Elmira Ross, their real-life names were actually Vicki, Dixie and Betsy Ross.)

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