Don’t Teach Me How To Dougie

24 03 2011

I don’t know how to “Dougie,” but I’m ok with that. I do however know the Cupid Shuffle, The Electric Slide, and the Macarena. These are all dances that have their own song which (if you’re lucky) may even teach you how to do its signature dance. But, this trend of songs about dances is not a new concept. Today I pay homage to vintage dances and their silly corresponding song names. These such dances were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. I am a huge supporter of dances that are participatory for groups and that have their own corresponding, unique soundtrack. Some such song and dance pieces include, The Bunny Hop, The Mashed Potato, The Stroll,  and of course The Twist.

Don’t mind the inexplainable, rude sound effect at the beginning.

This song sounds like so many others from that period.

They look so stiff and uncomfortable!

Such a classic!

Of course these are just a few dance crazes from that time. There are some other great dances such as The Hop, The Hand Jive, The Jitterbug (which actually goes back to the 1940s), The Limbo Rock, and The Loco Motion. Basically all of these dances are pretty fantastic and I just can’t get enough of those wacky names. I think we could all benefit from bringing back these great dances to our repertoire of modern day clubs. Retro things are always making a hip comeback anyways, so I could really see such dances being adapted for today.




2 responses

25 03 2011

Don’t forget the Shim Sham!

(I just took a class on this a couple weeks ago – it’s the swing dancer’s Electric Slide)

28 03 2011

i came THIS close to including that too! Thanks!

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