Even Snakes Can Dance: 10 Critters Who Can Bust A Move

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If you’ve got any kind of finger on the pulse of pop culture, you’ve seen Snowball’s youtube channel. This sassy little parrot has made a career out of rocking out to the Backstreet Boys like it’s 1999. Check him out:

My Dog Spot

Ok, so it’s not my dog. And it’s name is actually Stuart, but let’s not split hairs! This little fella has the salsa style down pat and errbody knows it.

Gorillas

Little known fake-fact: B-boying started in the Congo. Mighty Joe Young was not-actually the forefather of the dance! But really, here’s one of his descendants making us humans look bad:

Cats

To the especially hopeless: let this be a lesson. There’s nothing a catchy jingle and some clever editing can’t fix.

The Superb Bird of Paradise

Last time I tried to puff my head out and hop around a lady, it didn’t go so well. Now it all makes sense:

Penguins

Didn’t you know? Happy Feet was actually a documentary. Although you’d never guess it from the distinct lack of Morgan Freeman voiceover.

Elephants

And no, I’m not referring to the big drunk guy that steps on my toes and spills my drink at a Rihanna concert; I’m talking literal elephants. Just keep your martini close.

Cobras

So you say you’ve got two left feet? Poppycock! Says the charmed serpent. Evolution may not have been kind to nature’s perpetual less-thans, but no one can deny this swag:

Squirrels

They may be skittish, but these little creatures sure know how to bust a move. But of course, it helps when you’re sexy and you know it.

Blue Footed Booby

Sure, they’re not the prettiest birds on the planet, but their colorful feet alone drive the opposite sex cuckoo. Because – duh – gettin’ lucky is all about showing off your best parts.

Five Dance Crazes That Need to Come Back

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An example of a dance craze that can stay lost in the past.

 Wikipedia defines a “dance craze” (or as they call it, a “fad dance”) as a dance “characterized by a short burst of popularity.” They also mention “novelty dances,” which end up having a longer shelf life because of their quirkiness or nostalgic value. Well, Wikipedia is wrong, because most dances started out as “fad dances” in some way or another, and while these next five dances enjoyed a short burst of popularity in their heyday, they have great reasons to make comebacks and become regular parts of our nightlife repertoires.

#1 The Robot

The Robot has been a nerd staple for at least two generations now, but somewhere around the early 90s it fell out of fashion, and it’s been missed! Now that being a nerd is cool (right?) The Robot should be the dance everyone is trying to nail down.  Check out this totally  awesome 80s video which might be silly, but actually gives you a pretty good short instruction of how to do this butt-kickin, geektastic dance.

#2 The Twist

Despite the classic scene in Pulp Fiction where Uma Thurman and John Travolta twist for their trophy, The Twist never really came back into fashion, and that’s an outright shame. It’s a fun, energetic dance, that is great for your lat muscles, and a partner dance that doesn’t involve touching- a bonus for those that wish to get to know a stranger first before touching them, or just have tactile issues. No judgment!

#3 The Hand Jive

Popularized in the 1970s film Grease, this extremely simple, yet fun hand-motion based dance has faded into most people’s dim memories. The best reason to bring this one back is that it’s a great group dance to boogie to at weddings.  Forget the boring, monotonous, and overly complicated electric slide. The hand-jive is energetic, upbeat, and most importantly, simple to learn, which would be especially helpful for that one uncle that’s had a bit too much at the reception. You know the one.

#4 (C’Mon Ride It) The Train

Another potential group wedding dance, The Train is an improvement on the classic conga line in three ways: 1. You don’t have to touch the person’s hips in front of you in the line 2. The person behind you also will not be touching your hips and 3. You get to pull the imaginary cord to make the train engine sound every time the chorus goes “Toot toot!” That last part is the best part – believe it.

#5 The Waltz

Some might not realize the Waltz was a dance craze…in the 18th century. It started out as a peasant dance, because it was considered just too racy for the aristocrats (people whirled about and danced so close! The scandal!). It went through many permutations, and now there are numerous versions of the dance based on culture, type of music, and pace of the song. The Waltz is the ultimate in romantic dances: flowing, twirling, and light. It’s worth getting reacquainted with especially since you can Waltz to ANY song with a ¾ beat. Here’s a fun list. Did you know you could Waltz to Journey?

Iconic Dance Moments You Know You’ve Tried To Recreate

Certain pop culture moments just stay with you after you’ve seen them. They’re not necessarily the best scenes from movies or television or music videos, but for whatever reason they’ve stuck with you over the years. Any of these scenes might’ve been part of your childhood experience or remind you of a certain point in your life. Maybe you’ve watched them over and over… maybe you and your friends tried to reenact them. (If you haven’t tried to recreate at least one of these moments then you probably at least wish you had.)

These are some of my iconic pop culture dance moments. If you’re near my age, you’ve probably done at least one of the things on this list.

The “lift” from Dirty Dancing
(especially in a swimming pool or lake)

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Any of the moves from the library scene in The Breakfast Club

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Pee Wee Herman’s “Tequila!” dance

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Will and Carlton’s “Apache” routine from Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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The Kid ‘N Play dance from House Party
(my personal favorite, I do this every chance I get)

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Snapping like you’re in a West Side Story gang

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Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video

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Were you born to hand-jive in Grease?

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Dancing on the bar like in Coyote Ugly
(Bonus points if you got more than two steps done before they kicked you out)

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Dance without pants like Tom Cruise in Risky Business

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Fist pump like you were on The Jersey Shore

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Headbang in the car a la Wayne’s World

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Anything John Travolta does in Saturday Night Fever

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Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at the VMAs

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The Best Random Movie “Prop Dancing”

One of our favorite parts of musical films is the way the choreographers sometimes have to manipulate a scene to include singing and dancing where it might not necessarily make sense naturally. Sometimes this results in movie magic perfection. Other times… you get people dancing with bowling balls.

Yes, that’s right. Dancing with bowling balls. Sometimes a prop makes a dance scene all that much better… and sometimes it doesn’t. Here are a few of my favorite musical moments that involve some pretty random props…


 

We’re Gonna Score Tonight – Grease 2

Everyone knows that Grease 2 is the ugly stepsister to Grease… but I secretly kind of love how cheesy it is. It tries so hard to be as good as the original but fails miserably. Even Michelle Pfeiffer can’t save it. However there’s something kind of amazing about the bowling alley scene…. It’s so bad, it’s almost good. They are dancing with bowling balls!

 


 

Get’Cha Head in the Game – High School Musical

Get’Cha Head in the Game was one of the bigger hits from the insanely popular High School Musical. And yet… it’s so ridiculous that they’re singing and dancing while playing basketball.

 


 

Singin’ in the Rain – Singin’ in the Rain

This one is a true classic. Gene Kelly uses both an umbrella and a lamppost… but truthfully the rain and puddles are as much of props as the umbrella.

 


 

It’s Raining Men – Magic Mike

Channing Tatum and company managed to take Gene Kelly’s immortal dancing-with-umbrella and somehow make it sexy.

 


 

Step in Time – Mary Poppins

Another classic. Bert and the rest of the chimney sweeps dancing with brooms across the rooftops with Mary Poppins and the Banks children. You can’t help but love it.

 


 

The Lady in the Tutti Fruitti Hat – The Gang’s All Here

An oldie-but-a-goodie… in 2014 this one seems completely ridiculous, but remains the best use of bananas as a dance prop ever.

 


 

Dentist – Little Shop of Horrors

This must be the only time that dental equipment was used as a dance prop. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)

 


 

Heart and Soul/Chopsticks – Big

Not exactly a proper dance scene (and not exactly a “prop” per se), but this is one of those iconic movie moments that will stick with us forever.

 


 

Time – The American Mall

I’ve only met a few people who have even heard of The American Mall and that’s probably because it is incredibly dumb. (My daughter and I refer to it as “the best teen musical film… that takes place in a mall”).  Almost every moment from this movie is hilariously silly, but this sequence with The Janitors might just take the prize for most random and ridiculous props used in a single dance scene.

 

Five Commercials With Incredible Dance Moves

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While commercials can be an annoyance when interrupting our favorite shows or music videos, they also often charm us with their catchy tunes and funny set-ups. As Mad Men teaches, advertising has long informed culture whether we like it or not, but these five commercials have such great dance moves, we certainly don’t mind!

#5 Microsoft Surface

 

 

In 2012, Microsoft debuted their new campaign for their tablet with this flawlessly choreographed, step dancing influenced ad. While it had leaked on Youtube, it made its grand debut during an episode of Dancing With The Stars, unsurprisingly. The ad features many notable dancers pulling their best moves, including head spinning and some out of this world flips. The incorporation of the product itself into the routine is so seamless and innovative that you almost forget you’re watching a commercial!

 

#4 Ipod Silhouette Commercials

 

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Apple’s iconic campaign from the early 2000’s defined Apple products with unique color schemes, fly music, and extremely hip dancing. Not every ad featured daring movement such as the screen grabs above, but they all are infused with an exuberant groove that was so powerful it captivated the early Millennium generation.

 

#3 Target Dorm Commercial

 

 

This 2008 ad features two new dorm-mates meeting for the first time, and designing their new living space together by way of a good-natured Step Up influenced dance-off. The two really do create the perfect dorm room from any college girl’s dreams, and pull some amazing stunts while doing it.

 

#2 Gap Khaki commercial

 

 

 

In the optimistic times of the late 1990s, swing music and fashion were just starting to make a comeback in a big way. Gap solidified this trend by their energetic, bouncy, and boundlessly gleeful commercial from 1998, where professional swing dancers spun, kicked, and triple-stepped their way into advertising history.

 

#1 Pepsi Generation Michael Jackson

 

 

Going back even further in time to the 1980s, at the zenith of Michael Jackson’s power, we see an adorable group of children perfectly imitating Jackson’s signature moves to the tune of Billie Jean. This ad has got everything: the shoes, the sparkling glove, and that unforgettable moonwalk. Pepsi has always used pop stars to create exciting ads, and this classic is no exception. When Michael sings “You’re a whole new generation,” to the children and the audience, it’s hard not to feel a touch of nostalgia.

 

 

5 Best Dance Scene From Movies

Movies. They make us laugh, they make us cry, they make us DANCE? That’s right. Sometimes a movie is just so much fun they have to dance in the middle of it. Audiences love it and depending on who you have dancing you could a real Hollywood moment on your hands. Don’t trust me? Then check out these great movie moments that get your feet tapping!

Pulp Fiction- The Twist

Man, John Travolta’s dance moves to Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” were so slick, you hardly notice that horrible pony tail. Add in a little coked up Uma Thurman and we’ve got Twist Champions writing all over this scene. Just don’t fast forward. It goes really down hill after that.

Young Frankenstein- Putting on The Ritz

Props to Gene Wilder (Young Frankenstein) for not only getting a corpse to reanimate and come alive but then get it to wear a tuxedo and dance on stage. And he’s got some pretty good moves for a dead guy. I’ve been to clubs before where guys WISHED they moved half as good as this zombie. We should all be taking lessons.

Little Miss Sunshine- Super Freak

Sure, Little Olive’s “Super Freak” routine is a knock on the way pageants sexualize young girls, but it’s also where her messed up family comes together to and finally supports her. It’s funny, it’s sweet and it reminds us all of why Steve Carrell is the box office giant he is today.

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – Tequila

Pee-Wee’s a rebel. A loner. Remember that Dottie. He’s on the a mission to find his lost bike. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have time to impress a whole biker gang with his awesome platform shoes. Who knew such a simple dance move would lit crowds on fire when it hit theaters.

Risky Business-  Old Time Rock N’ Roll

The Quintessential dance scene in all of Hollywood is the scene in Risky Business where Tom Cruise slides across the floor is underwear. Who hasn’t done that as a teenager when their parents are out of town? This scene has been parodied so many times it’s impossible to keep count and it shot Tom Cruise into the “Hunk Hall Of Fame”.

Ten Movies That Accidentally Teach You How to Dance

Ace Ventura shows you proper ballet turn out.

Ace Ventura shows you proper ballet turn out.

 Some movies are dance movies, with a capital “D.” These movies seek to illuminate the already shimmering world of dance, and bring new converts into the fold. Dirty Dancing captured many an imagination, and straightened many a frame after Patrick Swayze chastised, “Spaghetti Arms!” But for every Dirty Dancing, there are many non-dance focused films that actually snuck dance lessons into their scripts. Here are 10 great examples of these fun, accidental learning curves.

 

#10 Pulp Fiction

Dance: The Twist

 Tarantino is famously a musical director, and Pulp Fiction really put his vintage tastes on display. By the 90s, most people had totally forgotten The Twist, but seeing Uma Thurman and John Travolta torqueing their hips on the dance floor ignited a craze. Just by observing these two, you can get a pretty good idea of how to do the dance, and then realize what a workout it is for your lats!

#9 Hitch

Dance: Awkward Man Dance

 Will Smith’s legendary dance skills come into play in this charming romantic comedy when he tries to teach clueless bachelor Kevin James how to dance. While Smith gives a great, easy lesson about how to move if you just have no idea what to do, this movie also contains a hidden, more valuable gem: expressing yourself is the best dance move of all, no matter what anyone thinks.

#8 Grease

Dance: Hand Jive

 Really, the entire school dance scene in this film could be a lesson in how to provocatively partner dance. In fact, all of the moves these (supposedly) high school students do are extremely appropriate…for anywhere but in a high school dance. Nevertheless, one can’t help watching Olivia Newton-John and Travolta (again) without trying to mimic their motions. Generations of schoolgirls know the handjive just from watching this movie a thousand times.

#7 Addams Family Values

Dance: Ballroom/Tango

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 A dark horse candidate for our list (see what I did there?), this sequel to the gleefully ghastly Addams Family was noteworthy for many reasons, but perhaps none so much as this excessively silly yet passionate dance between Gomez and Morticia. While many of these dance moves are, obviously, nigh impossible, there is actually a great amount of proper etiquette and technique present in this scene. Gomez invites Morticia onto the dance floor with impeccable style, their attitudes and facial expressions (not to mention their demeanor) fit perfectly with the amorous, antagonistic tango, and their frame is almost flawless! Plus they are aces at engaging with their audience, as any expert dancer would do.

#6 Moulin Rouge

Dance: Argentine Tango

 In a more realistic turn for the tango, Moulin Rouge includes a detailed scene that captures the perfect essence of the dance, along with most of the lovely steps as well. Moulin Rouge in general is a frenetic film that features many interesting dance lessons, if you pay close enough attention!

#5 Rocky Horror Picture Show

Dance: Time Warp

 In a film with cross-dressing aliens, a scantily clad Susan Sarandon, and shiny gold Speedos, who would have expected such a detailed dance lesson? But there it is, with diagrams and everything! No one can watch this scene and not know how to do the Time Warp afterwards. It’s just a jump to the left!

#4 Magic Mike

Dance: Hip-Hop/Manly Stripping

 If there’s any motto you can learn from these films, it’s that strippin’ ain’t easy. Now, while Channing Tatum in Magic Mike pulls off some moves that human beings probably shouldn’t be able to pull off, the more average, yet still athletic MConaughey gyrates, contorts, and shimmies in a way that could teach any man watching how to shake his stuff for his lover, or an adoring crowd.

#3 Death Proof

Dance: Lady Stripping

 Again Tarantino with his retro music, and extended dance scenes. And somehow, he provides a lap dance to end all lap dances. Any woman would be wise to watch this scene and take notes, as these moves are probably too hot even for the strip club, but can be toned down if you must use them out in public.

#2 James Bond films

Dance: Bellydancing

 Who knew that all these years, James Bond films were really trying to teach all of us to belly dance? Now, the technique these women show is not so easy to mimic, but it’s almost impossible not to try after watching them gyrate sexily for several minutes!

#1 Cinderella (or any film where they dance the Waltz)

Dance: Waltz

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The Waltz is a surprisingly easy dance to learn, considering how hard it is to actually dance it in a modern ballroom. Since it is a traveling dance, it requires a much larger amount of room than most dance halls have nowadays, and an ability to navigate that many modern dancers don’t have developed. However, if you ever get the opportunity, you’ll probably know how to Waltz, if you watch this clip or any period film, because they’re always doing the basic box step, and almost nothing else! Simple, elegant, and impossibly romantic.

The Steamiest Dance Sequences

They say that you can judge how someone is in bed, by how they dance… If that’s true, then these dancers must be some of the hottest people on earth because these dance sequences are so steamy it’s hard to believe they’re all from movies that are only rated PG-13 or R.


Take the Lead

This tango scene is pretty hot…

…but it doesn’t even compare to this one…

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…giving new meaning to the term “it takes two to tango”.


The Thomas Crown Affair

Rene Russo’s dress alone could get this dance scene on the list…


Sin City

It’s Jessica Alba. Enough said.


Shall We Dance

Leave the light…


Center Stage

This might not be the sexiest dance scene, but it is quite possibly the sexiest ballet dancing you’ve ever seen.


Meet the Millers

Jennifer Aniston like you’ve never seen her before…

…in probably the only sexy scene that started in khakis.


From Dusk Till Dawn

Quentin Tarantino’s fans have been talking about his alleged foot fetish for years… and this sexy scene with Salma Hayak just might prove it.


Magic Mike

Really, any single frame from this movie would’ve qualified… but this might be the best one…


Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had both long denied that their relationship began while filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith… but the sexual chemistry between them is pretty noticeable in this scene…

Years later, Jolie did admit that they “fell in love” during the making of this movie.


Dirty Dancing

It’s no surprise that this scene was deleted from the film.


The Top 10 Dance Fads of the 21st Century (so far)

Dance fads come and go every year, but what are the top 10 dance fads of the 21st century (so far)?

Crank That

Pop, Lock it, Drop it

Gangnam Style

Chicken Noodle Soup

Lean back

Teach me how to Dougie

Single Ladies

Stanky Leg

Cat Daddy

Lean wit it, rock wit it

Spontaneous Choreography From Some Unexpected Movies

I love dance movies. I’ve seen both Dirty Dancings, both Center Stages, and every single one of the Step Ups. Sometimes the only thing better than a great dance movie, is a ridiculous dance scene in a non-dance movie. I like to call this “spontaneous choreography” because there’s no logical explanation for how the whole crowd can do a dance scene in perfect unison without it having been pre-planned. Logical or not, it’s usually fun to watch.

These are some of my favorites…


Clerks 2

This one starts out normal enough (even though it’s kind of unrealistic that they would be able to hear the music clearly both inside and outside the restaurant, on the roof, in the men’s room, etc.) before launching into full fledged random choreography.


She’s All That

My prom didn’t look anything like that. What did they all learn this number? In gym class?


500 Days of Summer

I wish everyday could feel the way Joseph Gordon Levitt looks in this scene.


40 Year Old Virgin 

This actually happens every time Steve Carell has sex. It’s totally inconvenient for him.


Footloose

(Both the 1984 original and the 2011 remake)

Okay, Footloose is a dance movie but it’s a dance movie about a town where no one is allowed to dance. So how exactly did everyone get so good at dancing?

 


Enchanted

Enchanted actually lampoons the whole “spontaneous choreography” premise – as it is happening – by creating a fairytale-like scene where everyone knows the song and dance routine, except for Patrick Dempsey’s character who is left saying stuff like “I’ve never heard this song” and “I don’t dance.”


Tank Girl

This scene would be weird in any other movie, but in Tank Girl it totally works. Let’s do it.


Slumdog Millionaire

I love this Bollywood-style routine at the end of Slumdog Millionaire. Technically, it’s not part of the movie (because it would make absolutely no sense if it was) but it’s still totally random to break into dance with a bunch of strangers at the train station.


A Knight’s Tale

Even though it begins with him “teaching” them a dance (that he’s actually making up on the spot), the instructions only last a few seconds before the entire group knows the whole routine flawlessly.


Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion

This is by far my favorite. Even if Romy and Michelle had planned this out in advance, they haven’t seen Sandy in 10 years and none of them would have expected they’d need a 3-way dance routine. Still, this one is epic and might be one of my favorite dance scenes of all time.