Thursday, August 20, 2009

Getting Wild Style

When I first saw it, I was in awe. I came home, went directly into the bathroom (the one with the really big mirror) and tried to replicate the moves. I haphazardly threw some water on my hair so that it might look as though I had been caught in a rain storm. But I didn't really look like anyone in the movie and my hair just looked as if it had been splashed accidentally. The movie I'm referring to, of course, is Step Up 2: The Streets. And specifically, the scene where Andie does the heart beat move and some guy appears to be resuscitating her without actually touching her.

Watch it in the second half of this clip and tell me you don't want to run to the bathroom too:


Since seeing the movie, I've wanted to learn how to become a better dancer. Not that I am a terrible dancer, but I am no Andie. And I just keep thinking about how fun it would be to burst into a coordinated, highly complex dance number with all of my equally talented dancer friends one day when we are all outside hanging out in our tanktops in the rain. Some day that day will come, and when it does, I will be ready.

To get there, Nathalie, Denise and I signed up to take dance classes at a nearby studio. Our instructor is awesome. He has "wild style" shaved into the side of his head. I could just end my story right there based on that fact alone, but no, seriously, his dancing is so good. It is so good he should have his own cable show, one where he just dances 24 hours a day, taking small breaks to drink water and to think of new dance moves to do. I know for sure he would have at least 2 loyal viewers.

Today was our first hip hop class and everyone there must have been dancing for years now because they all seemed to know what he was talking about when the instructor would ask, "Do you hear it?" I didn't know what we were supposed to be listening for and in the last quarter of class, I sorta started making up my own dance moves to supplement the ones I couldn't catch on to quick enough. They were a combination of the macarena and the electric slide and went well with the beat of the music if I do say so myself. Now, if you'll excuse me, there is a bathroom mirror waiting to see how I'm going to throw in the Roger Rabbit as my secret finale move for next week.

19 comments:

epasen said...

I dance, but I don't consider myself as a dancer anyway, I could never be as good as Andy. But it's not about the technique, it's about the feeling.

This one weekend I met a person who challenged me to a dance competition in a bar. I wasn't prepared for that, oh no but we ended up dancing 2,5 hours in a night club, battling a lil and having so much fun. We both gave our best moves and there were no mirrors or anything but I just have the feeling that we LOOKED GOOD. It was so intense, so great.

Emmi

D_frost said...

Ive never seen that movie before, but those guys got some really good moves :) I always wanted to learn how to dance like that, but I ended up with a 6 years of ballet school.

I'm Kim, by the way said...

That sounds so FUN! Maybe I'll look for a hip-hop class ... Also, please include video of your finale next time.

Erin P said...

Awesome moves in that clip...and if you can come anywhere close to that, I bow to your superiority!

Marshall Scott Naylor said...

I took a hip-hop dance class once. During one class, I was trying to follow along and the woman behind me fell on the floor. I looked, maybe she was hurt? She was laughing her head off. She apologized to me. Oh, she was laughing at me and my hip-hop dancing.

Paulina said...

hahahahhaha. This is a great post. I always want to be a better dancer, but i think i have two left feet...wait, no three.....

kthxbye

Breenuh said...
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Breenuh said...

I used to do ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, etc. as a kid, and I try really hard to keep it going since hitting all the moves in a piece of choreography is the best feeling ever. But I find it so hard to find dance classes for adults, unless it's an advanced class! I hope you have a great time in your new class :.)

2busy said...

The world is a better place because I don't dance.

L said...

haha. I've always wanted to take a hip hop class but I suck at dancing so I'm too scared.

bored.mind said...

i love that movie. seen it about 3times already, though i didnt even try to follow the moves coz, you know, i have two feet, the left and the left. *sigh*

Caco said...

Hi!, well.. my english is bad, but after read you i understand something... jaja
I hope to do well fine in your class... i don't like the hip hop, but seems interesting...

mmm i think you don't understand me =(
i want continue read you =)

cheers from Chile!

Cham said...

Wow, dance lessons. I tried zumba as a "last hurrah" for a friend that was moving away. It's latin-based and a little tricky; think Shakira and those little hip jumps. Hoo boy, it's hard to keep up with those instructors!

Callie-Co said...

i am the epic fail at dancing but the movie sounds good



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J.Me. said...

Lol. You are hilarious. I love it.

Nathalie said...

We should bring this this video to class as an example of what we want to dance like so the instructor will know that we're serious.

Can't wait for tonight's class!

Sobrina Tung said...

Marshall, LOL. That is too good.

Don't worry guys, if I can go to a hip hop class, so can you! My hip hop dancing sorta looks like I am doing interpretive dance... not sure yet how to fix this. haha

Kerree said...

Oh you have so inspired me. I used to love to dance when I was a kid. I did jazz, ballet and tap. I'm not sure why I stopped. I am definitely looking for a hip hop class tomorrow. If I sign up do I get a body like Andie's too?? Do you remember that scene in Indiana Jones when Harrison Ford is nearly run down by that big rock ball? When I'm dancing I'm the ball. But as long as you have fun right?
Emmi - you were challenged to a dance competition? I thought that only happened in movies :)

Kaylie Rose said...

The dancing in the movie is awesome, the acting leaves something to be desired, but its ok because that guy is HOT. Having said that, the scene you are talking about is my favorite too!!!

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