Looking for reference -- movies, tv show episodes, YouTube videos, whatever -- of couples dancing informally and enthusiastically. Less "ballroom" and more "at the club." Same-sex couples preferred, but I'll take anything! [more inside]
My parter is an experienced (and patient) swing dancer and I'd like to learn, so I'm looking for a class that gives a gentle intro for people with no experience and plenty of time to practice. Anywhere in Boston accessible by Ⓣ is good; bonus for near JP or the orange line.
I’m getting married in a week and a half. We expect about 130 guests in an indoor venue. Thus far, I’ve rented speakers that I’m told will be sufficient for ambient music and then a dance floor, and I’m planning on creating a Spotify playlist to play from my laptop during the dance. Am I doing this wrong? Should I panic and try to find a DJ at the last minute? [more inside]
What music styles or specific songs do 85-year-old ladies like to dance to? I'm putting together a playlist for some dancing grammas. Certain criteria: Familiar songs (popular in the 1940s-60s); Upbeat (no slow dancing at this crazy ol' party); not loud (no rock please, not even Elvis); bonus for international songs or sung in non-English, especially German! [more inside]
I want to buy a matching bomber jacket or varsity jacket & cheerleader skirt from a dance/athletic supplier, rather than a fashion retailer. These are pretty standard items, so it shouldn't be too difficult, but I was wondering if any of you had particular experience with any specific vendor! I only want to buy one of each, so no bulk minimums is good. [more inside]
We've chosen Marie's Wedding as a father-daughter/mother-son dance for our wedding next week. It's in 4/4 as far as I can tell. We just realized we have no idea how to dance to it. Difficulty level: we don't know how to dance anyway. [more inside]
Ok, "hack" seems like a gross word for dancing. But someone said, make eye contact with your dance partner and track their head. And it really helped... [more inside]
Is there a good East Bay California dance club for straight crossdressers (men and women)? [more inside]
I'd like to watch more music videos showing dancers performing on stark, monochromatic, ultra-clean sets like those in Taylor Swift's Shake It Off so I can see what the dancers are doing. [more inside]
I saw Crimson Peak over the weekend, and, separately, I've had the Sleeping Beauty waltz in my head all morning. I'm in a waltzy mood, and want to watch youtube clips of beautiful, cinematic, sweep-you-off-your-feet waltzes from the movies. What are your favorites?
I am familiar with Chubby Checker doing "The Pony", and of course with Psy doing "Gangnam Style", but are there other equine popular dances out there? Dances in which a performer mimics a horse, a rider, or both?
Looking for suggestions in NYC: we need some dance instruction for our "first song" at our wedding. [more inside]
I'm going to callbacks for a production of Carousel tomorrow. Yay! I'm in the running for the role of Nettie, as well as the ensemble. I'm primarily a singer and will be asked to read sides and perform some quickly taught choreography. What can I do between now and tomorrow to improve my acting and my dancing? Tips, tricks, and anecdotes welcome, assume I'm starting from zero in both skill sets. Thanks!
I'm looking for youtube videos of people dancing all fancy to share with my grandma. [more inside]
Last night I came across the Brotherhood of Man musical number performed on the Drew Carey show, and realized it was the perfect video to snap me right out of a funk and make me want to dance around the house (particularly once the full ensemble gets going around 2 minutes in.) Now I want more! I'm looking for more videos of big, bombastic musical numbers that can't help but give me thrills and cheer me up with great dancing. The kind of song that gets even the most cynical person tapping their toes and smiling. Anything Goes is a great example of what I'm thinking of - I also can't resist a giant tap number. Think over the top with jazz hands. Everything a person who hates musical theater can't stand. Don't worry if they seem too obvious - I've only started enjoying musical theater a few years ago, so I've got plenty of catching up to do.
My husband-to-be and I plan to have a small civil wedding with immediate family in California (where we live), and would like to throw a casual party with drinks and dancing at a bar in Manhattan or Brooklyn so we can celebrate with our friends. [more inside]
My wife and I are in Berlin until this Saturday morning (Oct. 4th). We'd like to go Out On The Town (i.e. Drinking and dancing) one night, but there seem to be no end of places to go and I'm kind of at a loss. Can anyone suggest any particular nights/venues/events? [more inside]
I'm getting married. My mom wants to dance with me. What are some suggestions for songs to dance to? Nice, quiet songs that aren't too long would be great!
I want to have some fun with my 7th grade students. I'm looking for clean and school-appropriate songs to let them sing and dance to. Do they still do The Dougie, or is that over? What are some other song/dance crazes that the kids are into now that wouldn't get me fired from my school for playing it for them?
I'd like to surprise my wife with some dancing lessons, but I'm not sure which kind of partner dancing would make both her and I happy. I'd prefer if the music was upbeat (above 110bpm) and didn't take to long to not look like an amateur. She'd like there be lots of spinning, dipping and throwing her up in the air and such. We aren't a big fan of modern country music, but are open to styles like bluegrass and zydeco. If it's community centered, that'd be a plus - we'd love to meet interesting people and dance with others as well. We live in a major metroplex in the central US, if that is pertinent. [more inside]
Where can I go dancing in Los Angeles? [more inside]
I was in ballet until about 7 years old. I've danced for school things on stage in elementary. Somehow this didn't transfer at all to my adult life. I get invited to go clubbing and there are military balls (which pretty much just have club dancing) that I sorta have to go to....but I don't want to be that person always sitting on the sidelines for the rest of my life. [more inside]
I am at the stage in my dance hobby in which I am trying to go beyond individual moves into dancing those movements in a way that evokes a specific feeling. Whether it's assertive & funky, soft and flowing, or happy and excited--I need to learn how to use my body to convey different moods. I'm taking private lessons, but are there written resources like textbooks or handbooks that walk through basic principles like "here's what makes arm or leg lines look confident, this is how to make a movement look quieter, etc."? I do partner dancing but resources for any style of dance are welcome.
A while back, on tumblr, I saw a gif-set of some kids dancing. One of the kids is then arrested by the police, but then the camera zooms in on his feet, and you can see that he's still dancing even as he's getting arrested. Does anyone have a link for this? I can't seem to find it now, and it's driving me batty.
My fiancee and I are getting married in April and we're planning to do our first dance to be sort of a last dance (after the parent dances) that kicks off the dance/party portion of the evening. Our dancing will be "fast", a reflection of our fun-loving personalities (and reflection that we met at a bar, dancing), perfect for a fairly rowdy crowd (but safe for all ages), and not requiring anything new to learn. . Have you done or seen something like this? What tips do you have? [more inside]
Been checking out Pharrell's 24 Hours of Happy and some of the people don't seem to care what they look like and totally go with it and have fun. Others are decidedly apprehensive. I would probably not even volunteer to do this sort of thing myself. For those of you who can dance like nobody's watching, or do or say something funny that might grab the attention of the room, or sing karaoke at a bar, etc, I am curious to know what goes on in your head before, during, or after you "perform." Other ways to phrase this question: What makes you a ham? Do you think about what you are doing or going to do, or just go with it? Why don't you get embarrassed when you do something fun and crazy? Or do you? What is the payoff for you? Were you born this way or did you learn it somehow?
Magical video of festive people speaking lines in rhyme about life and fun? [more inside]
Is it considered cheating if you “freak dance” or “Bump and Grind” at the club with someone who is not your significant other? (long but necessary story inside, possibly nsfw)) [more inside]
My housemate wants to go dancing for his 40th birthday this weekend. We're looking for a venue with high energy danceable music. It should also be friendly to both queer and straight folks. A place popular with burners or other countercultural sorts would be ideal. I almost never go out dancing, so I have no ideas; maybe you do?
Where can 2 couples go for some salsa and merengue dancing in the city on Saturday night? [more inside]
Should I keep dancing (at a club)? By dancing, I mean topless dancing, lapdances, typical men's club activities. [more inside]
We like a range of music: house, soul, funk, techno, some of the recent top40, nuwaveglitchhopstep, daytime disco(?). Emphasis on the beat and getting down. The other patrons, similarly, should have a pro-dancing agenda and friendly vibe. [more inside]
I love all the dancing feauted in Sean Paul's music video for 'Get Busy', but particularly the men's part @ 1:46 and 2:47. Can you point me towards more videos with dancing in this style?
Am I a silly prude or is my boyfriend's dancing inappropriate? [more inside]
Do bars like the one on Ally McBeal really exist? Tell me where! Anywhere in the world will do, but it must fit the bill. [more inside]
I know how to dance with people who are just friends. Can you explain to me how to dance with someone when I don't want to be just friends? [more inside]
Is there a regular dance night in or around Asheville, NC, that includes '80s music but is nonsmoking? [more inside]
Can somebody tell me what's going on in this video? As much as I feel terrible for the people there, I'm not talking about the scene(s) being shown, but rather the dancing black frame around the edges! [more inside]
Can you help me identify this folk-dance version of the Alef Bet Song? [more inside]
Where can we go jazz/swing dancing in New York City? [more inside]
I'm dating an awesome girl that cannot feel the beat--help me help her sense of rhythm. [more inside]
Help me get in a good frame of mind for a night out this weekend. [more inside]
Another dancing in LA question: Which LA club/bar is most like Rafters (in Mammoth)? (older crowd, friendly, people go to dance) -- I'm not looking for the clubs where the "partner dancing" people go to practice (been there, done that), but clubs where just normal people between 40 and 60yo go to dance for fun. If you've been to Rafters, you know what I'm talking about. Prefer westside but flexible. Thanks!
Where to go techno dancing in DC this weekend? [more inside]
I am doing a musical theatre revue in a formal gown. I am fat and there will be dancing. How can I minimize the look and feel of sweat and still stay fancy? [more inside]
Wedding DJ recommendations in L.A.? Alternatively, do we really need dancing at an evening wedding? [more inside]
How to DJ to a group of people with smartphones wearing headsets? [more inside]
looking for a Bollywood music video that has men dancing while sitting in toilet stalls--the camera is moving around in a locker room or similar setting and it pans across the tops of the stalls and in each one a guy is sitting AND dancing on the toilet. i know there are a MILLION Bollywood music videos, so this may be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but perhaps someone out there may recognize this one--it certainly is a bit weirder than most of them. i saw it on a monitor in an Indian restaurant, but the waiter didn't know anything about where to find it.
I'm looking for Boston-area DJ for my wedding. How does one find a DJ (yes, the Google, but how do you pick)--particularly given that my fiancee and I have particular musical parameters (on the hipstery/dancey spectrum)? Feel free to post/MeMail particular recommendations. [more inside]