Feb 4, 2015

Dirty Dancer Or Chicken Dancer?

From the time you could stand on two feet you might have danced at some point in your life. I've had a few twirls on the dance floor myself, but I've also enjoyed watching others kick up their heels. This can be a real circus-like sideshow of entertaining performers, comedy, contortion, artistry and elegance. The saying, "dance like no one is watching" can only be true for a very confident or “I don’t give a shit what others think” kind of dancers – that’d be my hubby (Mister O). 


I’m glad that he likes to dance, but sometimes our dance moods just aren't in sync. There are times I have to tell him to calm down – I'm just not feeling the John Travolta, "Saturday Night Fever" thing right now. Then other times we're like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Not really, but we think we are.

For others, they wouldn't even dream of stepping one foot on the dance floor. Worried of their lack of rhythm; worried that they'll step left and their partner steps right or worried that their moves just aren't dance worthy.

A whole collection of inadequacies can play in a person’s head to ultimately say "no thanks" when asked to dance. I find this to be true with a lot guys that would rather get a fan kick to the "mambos" than take a turn on the dance floor!  Alright, the kick part might be a bit harsh, but the thought of dancing makes their gut wrench and knees weaken just the same.
Then there's the opposite who just can't wait to shake a tail feather. You’ve seen those...the butt twister, the slow mo mover, the toe tapper, the be-bopper, the hip-hopper, the disco swinger and, of course, the dirty dancer. The list could go on! I've even seen wheel chair dancing...that's pretty awesome!

Not surprisingly, some need liquid courage before they'll dance. It's hilarious to see that transformation! After a few cocktails, the shy wall flower’s alter ego becomes a high kickin' Radio City Rockette. Pretty sure I've been a Rockette a time or two. 

Everyone has their own style. No matter what your style, it matters that you get out there enjoy the music and have a good time! Suddenly you hear it, "woo hoo, I love this song!”  Your friend is waving frantically for the whole gang to meet on the hardwood and dance to “I’ve Got Friends In Low Places.”  Yep, it’s always less intimidating when your whole troop dances together. Girls do this all the time! 

If dancing in public isn't your forte, then maybe getting your groove on in the privacy of your own living room is more your beat.  Honestly, this is some of my best dancing (no one’s judging). You can do whatever you want…rock it out, shake it up, twist it around or “bojangles” it while, literally, NO ONE is watching!  Just remember to close the blinds. Ha!

If nothing else, at the next family wedding, get out there and do the chicken dance. At least, you're all in it together flapping your wings and shaking your foolish ass tail feathers at the same time. It's not a party until the chicken comes out! 

Remember your last chicken dance? Thanks to the memories, huh?  You’re welcome! 

After some dirty dancing, you'll be ready for “a square of chocolate.”

Put your smile on,
Laurie O


  1. I always loved the chicken dance! Luckily, I also have a husband who loves to dance. We never miss a beat at parties once the band starts playing. I also attend Zumba classes 5 times a week--I LOVE the dancing there---it never feels like exercise to me---just loads of fun!

  2. Zumba is great and you doing it 5 times a week is fantastic!! I agree the chicken dance is a must do. Thanks for commenting :)

  3. Love this. The older I get the less I care if I look silly while dancing! That said, my best dance moves are in the privacy of my own home.

    1. Nancy, of course, the dance moves at home are the best!! Dancing is so great at any age and can really lift your spirits. Keep on twirling :)


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