Co-editor in chief | Madelyn Carter
You just worked up the courage to ask that girl in your 2nd period history class to homecoming and she said yes! Score! Your mom is working on the mum, you’re going tie shopping this weekend, the group is FINALLY put together. But now you face one very important issue, what moves are you going to break out on the dance floor?
Yes, every year boys and girls alike struggle with the insecurity of how to impress their date with some sweet dance skills. Most students go for the” typical teen”* dance move, “grinding.” Let me just inform you that this rubbing of body parts (graphic enough for you?) is not considered, in my mind, as dancing. It’s a sad excuse that our generation has retreated to to look seductive or, as the kids call it these days, have “swag.” I am not writing this article to condemn the grinders, or even persuade them to stop, but to help those that want to step out from the oppressive grind lines into a safe haven of individuality and enjoyment.
To be a dancing phenomenon, you must have an “I don’t care what people think” mindset. Loosen up and have a good time. The people that are watching are jealous of how much fun you’re having. Also, surround yourself with your friends that have a sense of humor and don’t want to join the sweaty pit of raging hormones in the middle of the dance floor.
If you are still lost, bust out the good ole dougie, stanky leg, or my personal favorite, the Bernie. The classic step-and-snap move could be useful, but try to steer clear of the disco hand motions.
I’m anxious to see if any of my avid readers will be taking my advice on the dance floor, and if not, try not to be too jealous as you peek out of the mob of bodies and catch me bustin’ my classy moves.
*a teenager who exhibits characteristics that are very stereotypical of their age i.e. that girl making out with her boyfriend in the hallway is such a typical teen. copyright Allie Gerner.