One of the best things the internet has to offer is movie dance scene mashups. Not coincidentally, they are also one of the few places where reading the comments won’t make you hang your head in sorrow for the state of humanity. Because even haters can appreciate a good dance scene mashup once in a while. Remember this one?
It remains at the top of my list, along with its cousin of more modern movies, also set to Uptown Funk.
Can you dance like that?
I cannot. I’d be classified as more of an “act out all the lyrics to the song” type, who at my best might be able to blend in to the performance of Joyful, Joyful in Sister Act II: Back in the Habit (7% on Rotten Tomatoes, bless it). But that’s about my level.
I share this, in case that’s your dance level too. Because regardless of your skills, a little bit of cutting the old rug is good for us all. Especially in January. And especially on date night.
So at some point this week, consider calling in some YouTube inspiration and instruction right into your living room.
Some Dance Starters:
Mihran Kirakosian – Hip hop for beginners. You can do this.
Guy Groove – Slightly more advanced Hip hop and pretty fun to try to keep up with even if you don’t know what you’re doing. (scroll to find the videos tagged with “Tutorial”)
Learn Bollywood Dance – The Bollywood train is a fun one to get on people!
Thriller Tutorial – Because you’ve been meaning to learn the routine, so it’s now or never.
Rhythm Nation Tutorial – As demonstrated by Janet Jackson’s choreographer
(And guys, here’s a secret, if all else fails — Richard Simmons videos are soooooooo fun. They’re so fun. And there is a reason that his entire catalog has been converted to DVD all these years later. People you know are doing Richard Simmons videos in secret. They’re just not telling you. And you’re missing out. So shake your tail feather over to the library and stock up.)
Handling Potential Roadblocks
- Your dance partner doesn’t want to dance: If you know you’re going to meet some resistance with this one, maybe don’t lead off by announcing you want to have a dance party? I don’t recommend forcing the issue, obviously, but there’s no reason you can’t just start playing something irresistible. At the very least, it can’t hurt your chances at getting them out there onto your living room dance floor. Pick one that will go to the heart. Is it Bye, Bye, Bye? You Make My Dreams Come True? Tootsee Roll? Everyone (everyone) has their weakness. Find it. Know it. Play it.
- You’re worried you’ll wake the neighbors or the kids: Fair point. Have you heard of headphone dance parties? They’re a thing. Maybe this could be your thing too.
- The real issue is you feel ridiculous when you dance: You’re not alone. And of course you do if the only time you ever move is when you reluctantly get yanked onto the dance floor at a wedding reception! A little bit of practice can go a long way here. So, find your YouTube dance sage, and get practicing. And remind yourself, that no matter how awkward you feel, there’s probably nothing you can do to achieve Elaine status.
Illustration: Annie Liao
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