Canadian songs for Pride: Carole Laure's "Danse avant de tomber" ("Save the Last Dance for Me")

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      While dance choreography has long been a staple of pop music videos, modern dance has rarely been incorporated successfully.

      Some exceptions to this rule are Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" and Tori Amos' "Pretty Good Year".

      If you thought Kristen Wiig's movement-based performance to Sia's "Chandelier" at the 2015 Grammy Awards was a work of art, you obviously haven't seen Carole Laure's video "Danse avant de tomber/Save the Last Dance for Me".

      For her 1989 bilingual album Western Shadows, the Québécoise chanteuse recorded a cover of "Danse avant de tomber" and "Save the Last Dance for Me", which was first recorded in 1960 by Ben E. King and the Drifters.

      Laure's sublime accompanying music video puts a same-sex spin on the song as she performs an impressive contemporary pas de deux with powerhouse dancer Louise Lecavalier. The dance was choreographed by Montreal dance troupe La La La Human Steps' Edouard Lock, who also performs in the video.

      The two dancers engage in a complex vocabulary of intimate and interactive gestures, even nearing kisses before throwing furtive glances at the viewer.

      Here's the video with the English-language version of the song.

      For the French version, click here.

      Keep in mind, this video was released back in 1989, around the time when same-sex attractions (particularly between women) just started to be depicted in music videos by the likes of Madonna and Quebec's Mitsou.

      Yet while those two took more of a titilating approach to lesbian and bisexual relations, Laure's artful and masterful video is certainly something for Canadians to take pride in as we count down the days to Vancouver Pride.