General Dance Discussion > Would you believe....

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by DancingMommy, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. DancingMommy

    DancingMommy Active Member

    That my poor husband is at work *right now* teaching a group of engineers how to dance to Thriller(?!) for tomorrow's presentation.....

    Now let's just qualify this a bit...
    • He's NOT the most patient person in the universe
    • He's never taught anyone ANY kind of choreography
    • He's got NO background in choreography
    • He's got SUPER high expectations of what (untrained) people can do AND
    • He's a big fan of classic MJ
    All that taken into account, guess who was up choreographing the little thingy this morning at 7AM? ME! That's who. I've had to drill *him* on the choreography to make sure HE doesn't forget it....

    And that was AFTER I had to re-edit the soundtrack that his boss had originially done.... Mine's better thankyouverymuch, lol.

    The lesson for today is:

    "If you are teaching NONdancers who are NONtalented how to do a routine, make sure they are only moving ONE body part at a time."

    The routine is pretty good if I do say so meself.... It's a mere 60 seconds or so (actually it's 3 groups of 4 sets of 8 counts plus one count of four) not counting intro and exit, lol. Darnit I'm good..... Especially on no sleep (chuckle). Here's hoping I can get it videotaped at the final performance.... It should be good.... Good for a laugh at least....

    The choreography is as follows (super dumbed-down version of the actual "Thriller" dance):

    Stand feet hip width apart

    Right shoulder: up down, up down (1,2,3,4)
    Left shoulder: up down, up down (5,6,7, 8 )

    Right ear to shoulder: down up, down up (1,2,3,4)
    Left ear to shoulder: down up, down up (5,6,7, 8 )

    Clap hands over head, bring to sides (1,2)
    Wide step left, step together (3,4)
    Head right, center, left, center (5,6,7, 8 )

    Clap hands over head, bring to sides (1,2)
    Wide step right, step together (3,4)
    Head right, center, left, center (5,6,7, 8 )

    "Zombie Scratch": Arms up with claws for hands
    Right foot up and step, claws up to the right and then down (1,2)
    Left foot up and step, claws up to the left and then down (3,4)
    Right foot up and step, claws up to the right and then down (5,6)
    Left foot up and step, claws up to the left and then down (7, 8 )

    "Zombie Stroll": Arms up with claws for hands
    Walk to the right (1,2,3)
    Turn to the left (4)
    Walk to the left (5,6,7)
    Turn to center, face front ( 8 )

    "Zombie Crouch": Knees bent, hands on hips
    Arms down to slap knees (1,2)
    Step Right (3,4)
    Step Left (5,6)
    Step Right (7, 8 )

    Roll up (1,2,3,4,5,6,7, 8 )

    "Zombie Pivots": Knees flexed, weight on right foot
    Step with left foot around (1,2,3,4,5,6)
    Look back at audience (7)
    Look front ( 8 )

    "Zombie Strut": Hand on hips, knees slightly flexed
    Step right (1,2)
    Step left (3,4)
    Step right (5,6)
    Step left (7, 8 )

    "Zombie Pivots" again
    Step with right foot around (1,2,3,4,5,6,7, 8 )

    "Disco Arms": right arm to the side with a snap (snap optional)
    Arm out to right, back in (1,2)
    Arm out to right, back in (3,4)

    "Jazz Arms": arms overhead, fingers spread
    Right arm up, Left arm down (1)
    Left arm up, Right arm down (2)
    Right arm up, Left arm down (3)
    Left arm up, Right arm down (4)

    Flashy ending...
    Right arm "jazz style" up and bring down with fingers flexed (1,2,3,4)

    "Zombie" your way offstage

  2. cantdance

    cantdance Member

    Zombie Pivots

    I think I'll add some Zombie pivots to my waltz routine. I hear the Blackpool judges really liked them.
  3. DancingMommy

    DancingMommy Active Member

    And *if* anyone is interested in what it looked like.... Here's the link!


    Surya is the one in the front in the middle.....
  4. mamboqueen

    mamboqueen Well-Known Member

  5. redhead

    redhead New Member

  6. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    That's totally cool! You've gotta applaud the guys for being willing to even try it. Woohoo! Loved it. And great job of paring down the choreography, DM. :cool:
  7. dancing_princess

    dancing_princess New Member

    That was pretty good! They did well for their first time. I especially loved the old guy in the back!

    Great good, DM.
  8. cocodrilo

    cocodrilo New Member

    That's totally great! (Clap clap clap!) BRAVO to the choreographer! Next time, give those boys some witches' brew to loosen 'em up beforehand!
  9. Swingolder

    Swingolder New Member

    That looked like so much fun!!! Nothing like a Zombie Strut to get some attention. Were they dancing in the company lunchroom?
  10. DancingMommy

    DancingMommy Active Member

    Yes, lol.
  11. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Since these were non-dancers, I think they did really well. Yeah. They were a little stiff. But they got up there in front of a group of coworkers, remembered the choreography (for the most part) and danced. Not bad. :cool:
  12. peachexploration

    peachexploration New Member

    What a cute clip! Loved it. :D Very good costumes as well. :)
  13. Katarzyna

    Katarzyna Well-Known Member

    this is cool :) everyone must have had so much fun participating
  14. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

  15. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Not Abby normal brains, I hope. :wink: :lol:
  16. dancemom

    dancemom New Member

    Great job DM. They did a great job for having absolutely no experience. Thanks for sharing.
  17. DancingMommy

    DancingMommy Active Member

    I thought everyone here would get a kick out of it. The one in the middle was my husband (the MJ freak). ;) Incidentally (sp?) we got a $20 gc to Macaroni Grill for doing such a great job, lol. Surya's boss said to take me out to dinner as a thank you for "helping" with the choreography, lol. ;)

    And of course, there's always ONE idiot in every bunch.... This one's name is Neil. I've got issues with this guy on a variety of levels. He has NO idea what's in store for him at the company Christmas party. Dude is SO anal he was demanding that the degree of turn be 33.33 degrees as they do the circle thing to face the back. Gimme a BREAK people. It's just dancing, not brain surgery.....
  18. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    My sister has informed me that my niece would like for me to try and teach her some dancing; guess I ought to give a go at it. ;)
  19. DancingMommy

    DancingMommy Active Member

    Why not? If those engineers can do it......
  20. Medira

    Medira New Member

    Hey! I resemble that remark!

    ...oh....wait.....that's the point, isn't it? :p

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