Oh Such Grace, Oh Such Beauty

What is it about synchronized dance routines that makes them quite possibly THE FUNNIEST THING IN THE WORLD? I spent most of my weekend standing in front of the computer watching the video for "A Million Ways" by OK Go, in the vain hope of learning the moves. Along with my dreams of having a special room in my house filled floor to ceiling with Good & Plenty candy (which shouldn't be too hard as I think there are only five of us in the world who eat it), I long for the day when I can perform---flawlessly---a very complicated dance routine in public. Sometime soon, I'm sure of it, I'll be chatting and mingling at an otherwise yawn-inducing cocktail party, when I'll hear the opening bars of "Flashdance: What a Feeling" coming from the stereo, and I'll launch into my routine---last performed in the cafeteria of St. Catherine's School For Girls, England, circa 1992; it was a sold-out event, I'm sure you were there---while all the other guests stand, mouths agape in awe, around the edge of the dance floor. Many of them will be clapping. This time around, of course, I won't be wearing the oversized purple Disney spectacles that were a staple of my wardrobe when I was 12, and this, I'm sure, will only enhance the quality of the performance (they had a tendency to fly off during the more vigorous of the star jumps). In the meantime, however, I need to keep practicing. The closest I've come to my moment of glory was doing the Macarena at a wedding last month with someone's aging aunt from Des Moines. And she was much better than me.

So go watch the video now. You'll die laughing. And then you'll call me and we'll start dance rehearsals immediately.

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Mary
Oct 24, 2005

I wonder who choreographed that. Excellent work.

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Jemima
Oct 25, 2005

Heh! I saw them on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. That is some funny s**t.
I was trying to think of/block my dance moves in grade and high school, and it occurs to me that I look back with equal horror on my dance moves from that Quebec wedding in June. Drunk dancing is like drunk dialing...just don't do it. Oh God, and I was dancing with a hot baron. In my Grace Kelly dress. With a club foot. Kill me. Oh where is the bourbon!?

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Nothing But Bonfires
Oct 26, 2005

Club foot? Was your club foot like my cloven hoof ear?
(More of an impediment when dancing, I would think.)

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Josh
Oct 28, 2005

I've been watching this too! I love it!

God, sorry this is my first comment, Hols. I'm trying to read it all, but you write so much, every day. Anyway, I'm moving house this weekend, so will either be manically busy or have long periods of sitting around with nothing to entertain me because it's all in boxes. That is entirely irrelevant to anything. I'll stop now. But, er, you'll be hearing from me soon. Hopefully...

xx

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Luke
Oct 29, 2005

Holly, I know you can do it. After all, dancing is in the blood-- remember Daddy's occasional 'hand jive' performance.

For the virgin jivers:
http://www.howtojive.com/intro-hand-jive.htm

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Susie
Oct 30, 2005

I have to say, on the list of Things To Learn In The Summer/Christmas Vacation, this is definitely up there with My Name Is Mabel and Show Me The Way To Go Home. Perhaps a Christmas Concert 2005 is what's on the menu...

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Susie
Oct 31, 2005
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paula
Nov 01, 2005

Just happened upon your blog... LOVED the video. I'm a choreographer for a high school dance team and the show choir. So, of course, I got a kick out of it (no pun intended!) My 4-y-o daughter watched with me and commented, "Woah, those were some rad moves." Yes, I'd have to agree! HA! =)

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Victoria
Nov 11, 2005

Hey, I found your blog through Papernakin's site this morning and ever since, you've had me in stiches. You are an awesome writer, and a good refreshing read. Currently my creativity to blog something worthy enough to publish, is nothing better than the Once Upon a Potty video that I've been watching with my son for days on end now. Mommy-Brain has got me in its clutch's. Now THAT was some Major Dance Moves. I so wish I was coordinated enough to pull off something like that and thrill all of my friends when I break out into Dance with Really Awesome Jazz Hands.

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jes
Nov 17, 2005

one more to add to the list:

We both like Good n Plenty candy.

i think we must have been separated at birth. were you adopted?