Do You Wanna Dance?

January 28, 2007 at 7:15 am | Posted in misc, whitney | Leave a comment

Remember going to dances? There is that awkward time period between about 14 and 16/17 where going to local dances on the weekends was basically your (or, mine at least) source of social activity. I can’t really place why standing with your hands on some stranger’s shoulders and shuffling back and forth seemed so appealing, but I have a suspicion that the main draw – for our little pubescent hearts – might have been the whole physical contact thing. I sort of get dancing…I can understand why someone works towards coordination (and even mutual coordination) and can derive some sort of satisfaction from that. But slowly waving back and forth to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” might be a little silly.

Okay, so I’m no dancer. Lately I am just getting the hang of this thing called “rhythm” and I’m finally able to move my hands and feet simultaneously. So that’s cool. I’m also pretty good at the twist…like, I’m no John Travolta, but I’ve got the basic moves.

That said, Dance Factory for PS2 has got to be one of the best games ever. I know I’m a little behind on the whole DDR craze, so there’s nothing revolutionary about that statement, but I’ll tell you why Dance Factory is at least 113 times better: you get to choose your own music! So I can jump on little squares to the beat of The Marvelettes! It’s great! The number two reason this game is great is that you do it in the privacy of your own home. Meaning, you A) don’t really look very foolish since it’s only in front of your silly siblings and B) don’t risk the chance of a slow dance with the one nerd you really didn’t want to dance with – you wanted to dance with Rylan Bird! Dammit! Why doesn’t he love you??? – but your mom told you that you have to dance with every boy who gets up the courage to ask, so you have to make up some cruddy small talk while listening to some six minute U2 song, and you hate U2! So you get all the joy of a rare display of coordination, listening to music you like, and a little physical exertion. Awesome.

So…in summary: Dance Factory = Yes. Church supported functions = no.

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