White people have quite a reputation when it comes to dancing. Specifically: that they aren’t great at it. As this video shows, they at least deserve props for trying. [Laughing Squid]
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Stowe High School in Stowe, Vermont, canceled its remaining three school dances this year to punish students for grinding at past dances. The three dances that got the kibosh included a Halloween dance, which was cancelled just days before it was supposed to happen. Prom, fortunately, has not been cancelled. However, Principal Jeff Maher told WCAX news said the school intends to hold conversations with students throughout the year about appropriate behavior at all school dances. “I don’t blame our kids, I really don’t,” Principal Maher said. “I think that they reflect the coarse, vulgar, popular culture that they inhabit.” I’m going to say something farty and old here, but I actually don’t think these actions are terrible. Extreme, maybe, but it will get the students’ attention for those (surely awkward) conversations about social boundaries. This is just a different way of approaching the problem than confronting every single kid who twerks or grinds at the dance itself. It’s anyone’s guess whether it will be successful, though. They always could have made the students’ sign “no twerking” dance contracts instead. [WCAX via HyperVocal]
Does Beyoncé need a new backup dancer? Because this little girl and her mom, Tianne King, who live near Atlanta, are available! King is a dance teacher who has taught her moves to her adorable two-year-old daughter. This video of them dancing together to Beyoncé’s “End Of Time” is nothing short of amazing. It’s incredible this little girl can not only remember all those moves but also have the stamina to do them during a nearly-four minute song. [YouTube]
It’s time for another episode of “Trainer Trials,” our new video series in which I try out various fitness activities in hopes of finding one or more that I don’t hate. (That sounds negative. I’m just really good at finding excuses not to work out, so in order to keep the ol’ ticker healthy, I need a semi-regular fitness routine that is at least half as enjoyable and fun as, say, drinking wine and organizing my sea shell collection.) The amazing Zuta Gilchriest from Crunch Gym came by The Frisky video studio to give me and Jessica some private Zumba tutelage, and, well, booties were poppin’. (Watch above!) Zumba combines dance styles like salsa, merengue and soca, with standard workout moves like lunges and squats, all to the tune of various Latin and world beats. I know, I know, we’re making it look easy – but it’s not. Embodying the spirit of Sasha Fierce works up a sweat, you guys. I don’t know that I feel confident enough yet in my skills, but perhaps after a few more classes, I’ll be bustin’ out that towel move at the clurb. Look out!
As someone who is apparently not intelligent enough to follow the steps on my “Step Up Revolution” workout DVD, I’m in awe of the dancing in this clip from a 1964 episode of “The Judy Garland Show.” While the guys in the backline appear to be phoning it in a little bit, the guy up front is really killing it. That might be because he also choreographed the dance — his name is Robert Banas, and he danced and choreographed for TV and film from the ’60s up through the ’80s. I wish somebody could teach me those moves. Unrelated: Why can’t dudes just wear suits like that all the time? [YouTube]