And I'll Teach You, Teach You, Teach You...
|Make Way for Ducklings Line Dance?|
So I went back and forth. Prance. No prance. Prance. No prance. I ultimately decided on no prance. (If you want to see the prancing video, however, click here.) Instead, I am going to educate you on a line dance you should know about.
Let's talk for a minute first about line dances. I love them. I love getting in there with a group of people who spring up to boogie and know all the same moves, almost as if we were a random group of spontaneous dancers that all know choreographed dances just like in musicals. My first line dance was at a wedding when I was very young and I learned the Electric Slide. I'll tell you what, if you are going to pick one dance to put in your line dance repertoire, that is the one. It comes up in all sorts of situations, it can be used with just about every song, and it isn't too terribly difficult to learn.
Some of my other favorites include the Cotton Eyed Joe, The Cha Cha Slide, and the Cupid Shuffle. My favorite Cupid Shuffle memory is with my karaoke pals back in Boston. They are an amazing crew of folks and when I first hit up the karaoke scene with them I was impressed with their singing. However, mid-way through our second outing, Billy, the karaoke MC/DJ, took a singing break and busted out a string of songs for us to dance to. Among them was the Cupid Shuffle. I couldn't believe my eyes when all these singers came out and could dance too! Karaoke AND line dancing!? Now that was a crew I could roll with.
It shouldn't have come as much of a surprise when I was out with my karaoke crew in LA and we had another line dance magical moment. The MC/DJ threw on the Wobble and one of my friends got right in there and started dancing. I had never heard of this song or the dance and I was baffled! However, armed with the rhythm of an experienced electric slider, I was ready to pick up what they were throwing down. Joy of joys, I had a new dance!
Last weekend, my college girlfriends and I embarked on an epic ladies weekend. (Hence the lack of Dance Friday last week.) While we were out and about gallivanting, the Wobble came on. NOBODY knew the dance. Not my friends, not the people around us, no one! What a sad moment when a line dance song is played and nobody is there to do the dance. I was sad at our missed opportunity but knew the perfect venue for teaching the world to Wobble. Dance Friday.
So my friends, the prance lost out to the Wobble. There are always variations of a line dance (as you will see in the video) but I think this will cover the basics for you. Learn it, love it, find a crazy bunch of people to do it with you. And happy Dance Friday!!!!
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