Monday, February 7, 2011
Live life! Take the dance
Some people are natural born dancers, but most of us have to work at it. It's a skill more than a talent. It's worth putting in a little bit of effort to practice a dance if you don't have a rhythm bone in your body. I'm in the no rhythm group, but get a few beers and I can conveniently forget that. We're going to look at an easy dance and a harder dance today. You've already heard the songs if you've been to just about any party, bar or reception. You also saw a bunch of people dancing and having a good time. You're missing out on being alive if you weren't out there with them.
You're probably thinking how do I practice a dance without looking like an idiot? I don't even know how it goes. Well let me tell you about this awesome website I heard about last week. It's called YouTube, I guess it's kind of a big deal. So arm yourself with YouTube and grab a few friends that want to learn or fly solo if you're too nervous. Getting started is the hardest part.
First off, the Cupid Shuffle (Music Video) is a damn easy dance to help get you started. It's an easy dance based on a simple 4 count. There's 4 steps and each step is a 4 count. Nothing complicated yet. You could count your fingers (skip your thumb) if going up to 4 is rough for you. Here's the Cupid Shuffle instructional video to slow it down so you can pick it up easier. Left, right, kick, walk. Easy breezy right? Take some time to practice a little bit and throw in your own personal touch to the dance and you're good to go.
The Cha Cha Slide is more complicated, but the song cues you well so you don't have to memorize a routine. Just listen to the words and go with it. If you goof up a little bit of it, then just go on with it and catch up with the next part of the song. It's not the end of the world. Remember, you're having a blast and the little things don't matter. This one will take a little bit more practice than the Cupid Shuffle, but it's worth it. The instructional video is the second one.
Here's the instructional video.
Next time you go out, you'll be ready to shake your booty with the best and the worst of them. Don't just sit around, get out there and shake your groovy booty!