Oh, what a feelin’!
Paula Abdul. Neutron Dance. The moonwalk. It’s an undisputed fact that dance in the ‘80s was big. And nothing epitomized this better than the 1983 big-screen flick, Flashdance, starring Jennifer Beals as a small-town steel mill worker by day, exotic dancer by night, with big dreams of attending a prestigious dance academy. And while the movie was met with tepid reception when it was first released, today it holds the coveted status of cult classic and the warmest (sweatiest?) of places in our hearts.
The movie’s other legacy was that it inspired an entire generation to don leg warmers, get up on that stage (real or imagined), and discover just how good that feeling is to let your body loose. And while many were even moved to take classes in various dance disciplines like ballet and jazz, the film also taught us moves that don’t require technical prowess.
Here are eight such moves you can use every day:
1. The Elaborate Soda Spill
If you’re going to be clumsy anyway, why not do it with some flair? Tell the world you’re stain-bound and proud of it. When in doubt, go bigger.
2. The Over-Under-Through
Who says your undergarments need to come off last? Defy linear storytelling and start where ever you want.
3. The I’ve Almost Met My Fitbit Goal
It’s the end of your day and you’re just shy of your 10,000 steps. Make the last moves of your day simply maniacal.
4. The Implausible Costume Change
Don’t rely on your impeccable fashion sense alone. Whether you’re in the office or at a party, wow them with a quick-change that logistically doesn’t make sense.
5. The Blatant Play With Your Food Flirt
Why leave anything at all to the imagination? Use any food object to entice a possible mate. If the inappropriateness is making you or your party uncomfortable, go further.
6. The All-Inclusive
Whether you’re assigning tasks, acknowledging team participation, or passing the blame – spinning and pointing let’s everyone know you’re all in this together.
7. The I Don’t Have Time For a Shower
Being busy is no excuse for proper hygiene. If you don’t think you have time for a thorough bathing experience, get creative.
8. The Ultimate Joy
When you simply can’t contain your feelings for carbs, punch the sky and kick the ground and let your perm shake free. Oh, what a feeling.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area and feel the need to bust a move, come to our Hulu Summer Road Trip screening of ‘Flashdance’ and ‘Saved by the Bell.’