Sep 06 2013

It’s too early in the morning for this

I creakily got out of bed this morning, threw some water on my bleary-eyed face, and started in on my usual pile o’ email, and what’s at the top? This.

Bah, humbug. My back hurts and my knees and ankles ache, and what stretches in front of me is a long day sitting in an office and meetings and lectures. No dancing. No dancing ever.


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  1. 1

    I’m sorry but that is way more fun then classes and meetings I have in front of me. Yes dancing – lots of dancing.

    But then I am the professor who demonstrates the “dinosaur walk” in my historical geology classes and has done the Charleston in class as well. So – what to I know ?

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    Stop being a cranky shit! That video is a metaphor for how many of us think about life without the shackles of religious dogma or whatever other non-reasoned load may once have weighed us down.
    And in my case you are responsible for much of that. So thank you PZ. I appreciate that you find time to communicate to us in the way you do. I hope your ankles feel better soon, you have more religious butt to kick after all. Of course, if you were joking disregard everything I just said……except the thankyou part. :-)

  3. 3
    PZ Myers

    I never joke. I’m a humorless ol’ git, don’t you know.

  4. 4
    AJ Milne

    … My back hurts and my knees and ankles ache, and what stretches in front of me is a long day sitting in an office and meetings and lectures. No dancing. No dancing ever.

    Oh, man, it’s all good. Just gotta warm up right. Bust out some some mellow little routine like this on your coffee break, get things moving.

  5. 5

    a) the ballerina at the start just looked kinda freaky
    b) about the only move I could pull off is the Moe Larry Curley at about 4:20
    3) the thing on the stairs was just frightening

    pHred – if it is not revealing too much, which school has geology classes with the Charleston? My school doesn’t have any geology dancing or no.

  6. 6

    I think that’s Dame Margot Fonteyn is the beginning. Liquid arms.

  7. 7

    oh, pHred, I had to google “dinosaur walk” as soon as I read your post…. you don’t mean this do you?

  8. 8
    Gregory in Seattle

    Bah! I won’t be part of your revolution if I cannot dance.

  9. 9
    Gregory in Seattle

    So, of course, I had to look up the actual Emma Goldman quote:

    I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal, for anarchism, for release and freedom from convention and prejudice, should demand the denial of life and joy. I insisted that our Cause could not expect me to become a nun and that the movement would not be turned into a cloister. If it meant that, I did not want it.

  10. 10
    A Surprise to Many

    That pretty much made my morning. Thanks.

    Gotta go add some stuff to the Netflix queue…

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    I think there were two sequences with the Nicholas Brothers including the black & white TV scene

    Stairs part of the “best” dance sequence.

    Saw a PBS special on them – thank you, PBS

  12. 12

    > That video is a metaphor for how many of us think about life without the shackles of religious dogma or whatever other non-reasoned load may once have weighed us down.

    Set to the tune of a song written by a Mormon, in which he sings about lamenting his own sinful ways.

  13. 13

    This made me smile! I’m older and creakier than you P.Z., but I still love to dance around once in awhile, usually, in the privacy of my office.

    After growing up wanting to be Shirley Temple, I took tap tancing lessons in my forties. I spent about four years in the beginner class. My teacher said I had balance issues.

  14. 14

    Two things in life I have never ‘got’ – mathematics and DANCING… and as a musician I saw so much of it…

    I just don’t see why anyone would spend so much time and trouble to edit all those clips together to such a corny record.

  15. 15
    Marshall Sutton

    Why no Pulp Fiction dance scene? Other than that, great video. Loved the Ballet scene.

  16. 16
    Rip Steakface

    Actually, my week was recently made when I bumbled into this. It’s amazing how much you can improve pop music.

  17. 17
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Needs some jitterbug…


    (Mind you, the Nicholas Brothers routine @11 is better.)

  18. 18
    Al Dente

    ShowMetheData @11

    The Nicholas Brothers were amazing dancers.

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    Rip – I think I could listen to her read the phone book.

    Daz – amazin – the fitness required for even that short bit would make marathoners cry

  20. 20
    Sean Boyd

    No dancing. No dancing ever.

    PZ, surely you know you can dance if you want to. Although you might want to hold off during lecture. :)

  21. 21
    Tigger_the_Wing, Back home =^_^=

    Never stop dancing!

  22. 22
    Tigger_the_Wing, Back home =^_^=

    Oops! Sorry! I didn’t realise it would do that… :(

    Unfortunately, the video in which I am wheelchair dancing (as Davros) has been set to private, or I would have linked to that (it being slightly more relevant).

    Once I got to the point where I can barely walk a few yards I thought my dancing days were over, too. And the arthritis in my neck, shoulders, hands and arms forced me to give up all my musical instruments.

    But where there’s a will music, there’s a way.

    Wheelchair dancing is fun!

    With the encouragement of my eldest son and my daughter-in-law, I’ve been invited to become a member of their marching band, in the percussion section. I’ve just bought a tiny mobility scooter which can be operated with one hand. Now to choose an appropriate instrument! =^_^=

  23. 23

    Dear PZ,

    Thank you. Inspired by your wonderful post, I plugged in the iPod and went and danced to Seether Gasoline on my Grill Grate equipped Weber BBQ deck overlooking the forest (please forgive shameless commercial plugs) and started the day much better than my similarly creaky bones expected.

    Dancing is good. We need dancing at atheist conventions. Might even cool our afterburners a bit.

    Constantine was brilliant. Co-op ‘their’ stuff and make it our own. We need to dance.

    Does AJ Milne dance? Does PZ?

    Do any of you?

    Maybe we are missing something.

  24. 24

    “No dancing. No dancing ever.”

    Not even to J-Rock?

  25. 25
    I've got the WTF blues

    Is it odd that I am irritated by The Safety Dance being attributed to Men at Work when it was Men Without Hats who did that to us wrote and performed it?

    Dancing is highly underrated as a mood elevator.

  26. 26

    Sorry – I have been in class – unfortunately not dancing. And I am about to run straight to another one. I will try to answer when I get back.

  27. 27
    AJ Milne

    Does AJ Milne dance? Does PZ?

    (Looks furtively around…)

    Who wants to know?

    I is amused by the safety dance reference, too (Sean/#20 you can dance if you want to) but as pedant and Canadian and child o’ the 80s and The Box fan, I really gotta link to the actual video by, in fact, Montréal band The Men Without Hats.

  28. 28
    AJ Milne

    (Reads #25/’Is is odd that I’m irritated…’)


    Yes, yes it is. You may assume. As I’m pretty odd.

  29. 29

    Dance. Does Dawkins? Does Harris?

    The problem perceived by the ‘rest of humanity’ is that none-mystical people can’t dance. They have no ‘soul’.

    According to my wife of 33 years, neither can I. Dance that is. 6’2″ and 215 and white male, I am fucked.

    Hence I am a ‘Private Dancer’. I suspect many atheists are private dancers as well.

    Apparently. We lack ‘soul’.

    But seriously, you should see me rock my ass off down the road for the fir trees and squirrels.

  30. 30

    P.s. If you promise to send me money, I will do it on video for you. Dance that is.

    It costs money to water the fir trees and feed the squirrels.

    Save the trees and the squirrels.

  31. 31
    chigau (違う)

    I don’t think dancing in the elevator is a good idea.

  32. 32

    How could anyone make a compilation like that – that’s not dance music! That’s “vaguely jump about while flailing to the slow rhythm” music. You can’t dance to stuff like that – just look at the way most of the dancer’s feet are moving 2-3 times faster. I’m not at all surprised PZ didn’t feel inspired.

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    chigau (違う)

    We’ll all be getting off your lawn.
    Right after the next dance.

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    I've got the WTF blues

    elevator, escalator, it’s all good as long as you’re

  35. 35
    I've got the WTF blues

    well that’s a fine kettle of fish

    and here I thought I was getting better at this interwebs stuff

  36. 36
    Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought

    Have you watched Whiteys Lindy Hoppers that Daz linked in #17? You seriously need to watch that dance.

  37. 37

    @#6 Bicarbonate, I think that first clip is Svetlana Zakharova doing Swan Lake. Love liquid arms!

  38. 38

    Re: Svetlana Zakharova, no I am totally wrong, So sorry! Gotta be Fonteyn!

  39. 39

    or not. Geez, too early for thinking, let alone dancing!

  40. 40

    Still Lindy Hopping after more decades than I’d care to mention – the miracle continues!
    (Great memories of Frankie Manning’s classes).

  41. 41

    Never has PZ reminded me so much of David Mitchell. Good on ya!

  42. 42

    Missing link(??) in my last post should be http://youtu.be/imBxYbHleSg

  43. 43

    In the spirit of broadening the movement and not being old and stodgy, here’s some PDQ Bach

  44. 44

    I had to watch that whole video so I could watch that bit with Cagney going down the stairs
    just wow I’d die if I tried that

    uncle frogy

  45. 45

    No dancing. No dancing ever.

    As long as you never find yourself saying “My shoes are too tight, and I have forgotten how to dance.”

  46. 46

    There’s a lot of it about: some guy in Wales got an apology for that sort of thing…

  47. 47

    That is Cagney – I thought so, but I didn’t know he was a song and dance kinda guy.

  48. 48
    Lithified Detritus


    I’m not a dancer, but this has to be the best Pharyngula thread ever.

    Oh, and I’ve also done the dinosaur walk – for 7th graders.

  49. 49

    I confess that I’ve never recovered from the time PZ posted the video of the cheesy rock group accompanied by dancing Indian maidens.

  50. 50
    PZ Myers

    This is dancing.

  51. 51

    I love that video with Christopher Walken dancing and/or flying.

  52. 52

    Charlie Chaplin’s best dance scene

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    I've got the WTF blues

    That Christopher Walken video was what I tried to link to in #34

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