Feb 11 2010

Mid-Week Dance Party! (Wednesday, February 10th, 2010)

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And who are we to argue with Andrew WK?  Like most of you, I love to dance.  I dance all the time.  I dance to vastly inappropriate songs, at vastly inopportune times.  I have dreams of spontaneous-yet-choreographed dance routines going down in supermarkets.  I’ve been highland and step dancing since I was a wee Kylie, but here’s the thing:  a highland fling, no matter how perfectly-executed, doesn’t exactly go over well in a dance club.  I know this because I’ve tried.  Oh God.  

I also dabbled in other forms of dance in university (haha- – “whooooaaaa…when I was in university…those were some craaaazy times…I even dabbled in….dance”), and I’ve learned that I can more than hold my own in a dance recital or in a festival performance.  However, when it comes to “just dancing,”  I’m more Benes than Baryshnikov.   And that’s perfectly alright, because the joy of dance depends on a little less on technical skill, and a little more on enthusiasm.

Like I’ve said, I’ve been enthusiastically flailing around for quite some time, as have my two younger sisters.  Whenever we were feeling thrilled about something, or overwhelmed about something, or pondering something, or terrified about something (and those feelings probably all happened on the same day), we would crank the speakers up to 11, all “Spinal Tap”-style, and just let loose.  Sometimes even my little brother would join in the fun.   We would just jump around (to “Jump Around”), or play imaginary instruments, make up ridiculous dance routines that were sure to “impress” our parents (there is also known existing footage of a living-room gymnastics show, but to spare my little brother from a lifetime of humiliation, I’ll refrain from posting it.  We’re going to save it for his wedding, instead.)  This tradition carried through to university, where my friends and I would have epic residence hallway, and later, kitchen dance parties- for any and all occasions.  At first, I think it started as an incentive to actually do dishes, but we were far too clever to fall for that trick.   Dishes were left abandoned in the sink (and stacked on every possible inch of counter space), but we were far too busy dancing to notice.

These are the origins of the Mid-Week Dance Party!  The purpose of this brand spankin’ new feature (um, also because this is a brand spankin’ new website) is to liven up our week, to listen to some great music, to move our bodies (ok- that just made me think of an ’80s exercise video- -sorry for that!), and to remind us just how fantastic it feels to boogie and be-bop around like a 5 year-old. 

Alriiiiighty, then.  I’ve picked two corresponding songs for the very first edition of Mid-Week Dance Party.  The first song is one that you definitely all know.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve been prancing around, pretending to be wearing impossibly high shoes that look like futuristic armadillos in space, and mumbling nonsensical lyrics to yourself in public.  And you have no intention of stopping.  Of course, the first clip is “Bad Romance,” by Lady Gaga.  This video is just straight -up a mind-blowing spectacle, and rife with so many references, underlying meanings and multiple interpretations.  The attention to detail is also staggering.  I mean, razorblade-lens glasses?  The cat’s teeth are capped?  Amazing.  Lady Gaga wanted to make an over-the-top, visual feast of a video for her fans, and she completely delivered.   The second clip, “Badder Romance,” is recognition of that.   In this video, an imaginative group of friends pay tribute to the original by creating their own homemade pop culture parody.   There are so many screamingly hilarious details in this video, I can’t even begin.   Even Lady Gaga approves, and linked the video on her Twitter page.  Y’know when Whitney Houston had that whole “I believe that children are our future” song, and you felt kind of guilty, because if you were indeed the kid she was singing about, then you were totally letting her down?  Well, we can all relax and slack off now, because the sheer awesomeness of the ”Badder Romance” group has got our backs.   They will make you giddier than getting a pony for Christmas!

Enjoy!

“Bad Romance”

Lady Gaga- \”Bad Romance\”

“Badder Romance”

Lady Gaga- \”Badder Romance,\” by BINKproductionz

(My computer seems to be a bit cantankerous, and is not letting me embed videos, but I promise to sort that all out.)  If you have any suggestions for future Mid-Week Dance Party songs, please please please let me know!  They can be any genre of music, and it doesn’t matter if they’re even considered “danceable” by anyone other than you.  

So, kiddywinks, what songs are currently tapping their way into your ears and making you tap your feet?