October 29, 2008

Ooo, I Wanna Dance With Somebody

One of my biggest vices is watching television shows and movies that center around dance. I'm a sucker for scenarios that involve:

a) inner city kids that think their problems will disappear if they raise enough money to enter the underground dance-off in an abandoned warehouse

b) juvenile delinquents that have to enroll in their school's dance program as retribution for their deviant acts

c) girls that hide their passion for dance because they're buried under mounds of guilt because their mothers died en route to their Julliard auditions.

Most recently, this obsession has taken the form of the reality show So You Think You Can Dance. My sister and I wait patiently for months until our cable TV station decides to grace us with a new season of this masterpiece. The poor, misguided souls trying out to be "America's favorite dancer" go through grueling auditions and call backs and if they're lucky enough, get to perform choreographed dances in front of a live, studio audience.

Every night the show is on, our house is silent, save for our parents' sighs (and eye-rolls, if eye rolling was audible). At the end of the hour, with my adrenaline pumping, I find myself trying out dance moves I've seen on the show in the mirror. I've been told, and feel myself, that I'm a pretty good dancer, but my attempts are usually met with little success, and looks of disgust by my sister. Maybe if I had more space to really bust a move I'd look like less of a dork? Probably not.

In any case, I've only tried out the hip-hop and crumping moves. Maybe if I try to get the Little One to reenact the Viennese Waltz with me, she'll change her mind and see me for the brilliant dancer that I am.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

do the leg pull THE LEG PULL

momtobe said...

Ah.... I've seen your sis dance and as one of the family who did get the dance gene you got it girl:-) Keep busting babe. By the way did you know that Lacy is now on Dancing with the Stars.

Squill said...

I too love all dance related film and television! I'm glad to have a comrade in arms.

Forsoothsayer said...

i just like this show...well, ok i also like dance movies. not the hip hop ones tho.

Anonymous said...

a) loved it
b) loved it
and c) loved it!

i'm a sucker for dance movies and shows too, and right after watching any of them, i always vow to take dancing lessons.. that vow lasts for about thirty seconds though