29 October 2010

Am I getting too old (part two)?

"The Running Man"


What is it? Well for you old schoolies that are literate, you know full well it is a science fiction novel written by Stephen King in '82. It was later adapted to film in '87 (LOOSELY ADAPTED) and the awesome Gummi Bear of Candycornia was the lead actor for it. I don't even wanna get into the game console they made the game for, that would not only date me (as if you don't already know my age) but prove what a dork I am too.



And then there was this:



The Running Man is a street and fad dance that originated in late 1986 early 1987 and was performed most notably by MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice during their live concert shows and music videos, but achieved renewed popularity in the 2000s. It is also used in some forms of the Melbourne Shuffle dance style. It consists of a hopping or sliding step done in such a way at speed to simulate a runner.


The Running Man achieved celebrity focus in 2007 with Britney Spears doing an homage to it during her M+M's: Concerts From The HOB Tour 2007[1] and Scarlett Johansson stating of her dancing in an interview with Seventeen that, "I do a great Running Man."



Okay so now that we have a little back story to The Running Man, I will continue my story of 'Oh my god I am old.' I was driving home after work, like I normally do and a few kids were out in the street (not the side walk) doing The Running Man. Not only have I seen folks in their early 20's doing this out at bars, dance parties and raves but now I see the local junior high kids doing this. I remember seeing people do the running man BEFORE some of the kids that are practicing the steps were born! I know people take lessons in other dancing like ballroom, swing or salsa.... but I really don't see the return of a herky jerky dance step, now referred to as shuffling, to be on par with the aforementioned dancing.


Check out this kiddo showing people how to shuffle dance, notice his integration of The Running Man into his routine. {Kid is probably young enough to have been my teen pregnancy child.} Oh and for you youngin's that want to incorporate yet another old school dance move in try The Roger Rabbit it's like the Running man, but backwards. WOW! I know right, you are totally floored and can't wait to try it out.



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