Back in the day (in this case, my day was the 1980’s), breakdancing was THE style as far as pop culture. When Michael Jackson did the moonwalk, it ignited a whole new dance craze. Not that that was the first time anyone had ever done a moonwalk. But Michael was HUGE at the time, and seeing him do it on national television just jump started something that had been on the cusp of breaking out for a long time (since the mid-70’s to be exact). So anyway, being a 13 year old boy in small town America, I was intrigued. So I started listening to dance music, watching movies about breakdancing, even reading books about breakdancing. And, of course, I started TRYING to breakdance.
Now…let’s get one thing straight…I never could do anything like headspins or anything gymnastic-like that some of the great dancers can do. Seriously, to this day I am amazed by the athleticism and the gravity-defying performances of these amazing artists. And to this day, breakdancing as a free-form is one of the most spectacular things that I can watch and say “I wish I could do that!”
But I can’t. And I never could. But I always had fun trying to do it. And I have been ridiculed for my interest in it for some time now. My family loves to rib me about it. My friends who know I used to do it kid me about it. So I still suffer the repurcussions of this fad that I participated in some 20 years ago. Being the “GUY” that I am, at some point in some blog it was mentioned that I used to do some breakdancing. I don’t remember when it was mentioned or if it was even MY blog that started all of this. I’m starting to think maybe one of my sisters mentioned it in my comments section. But whatever, I was dared to show video of me breakin’…and I didn’t. There is truly only one piece of video of me dancing and it was taken with my parents’ old film camera. It’s grainy and old and you can barely tell its me. But I made a promise earlier this week to my friend Nathalie from Dallas that if she blogged again after taking a month long sabbatical, I would post the video. Being a man of my word (even though I truly thought that she was probably in a jungle somewhere snapping pictures of alligators or something), I am now posting this truly awful video because she has finally posted a new blog (even if it is a little…eh…interesting?).
This is, in no way, me being disrespectful of the athleticism or artistic creativity of those who actually can do this amazing form of dance. This is me, in 1983, being a kid who was fascinated by the genre and who honestly enjoyed doing a little poppin’ when the beat was hoppin’. So…for your viewing pleasure I present to Nathalie and anyone who cares to watch…me…circa 1983…breakdancing.
Now…can we PLEASE let it go already?!?! Thank you…