Monday, February 22, 2010

get up, stand up, come on throw your hands up


Darin and I had the opportunity to be chaperons (chaperonEs? I feel like there should be an E there) for a multi-stake youth dance on Saturday night. There was a Nerd theme, so, you know, win, or ForTheWin, or whathaveyou. I skipped out on the dark-rimmed, oversized glasses with white tape, and the hiked-up pants (also: the light-sabers), but it was pretty amusing to see those who did dress up.

While helping in the kitchen I saw that one of my favorite couples had arrived. We went into the gym to 'supervise' and make snarky comments. Here are some of our findings:

~ Dance-jumping. It's not even dancing. Just the dance-jumping. That's all the skill required.

~ Thriller is the new Electric Slide.

~ Girls holding girls' hands while they walk through the hallway. Girls, are you scared?

~ People still know, and do, the Boot-Scootin' Boogie. [insert joke about it being 1993.]

~ Girls dancing with girls. Slow-dancing. (Ahem, BOYS, why aren't you asking the girls to dance? Forcryingoutloud.)

~ At least one boy in this neighborhood takes breakdancing very seriously. (I wish more would.)

It was a fun time, it looked like the kids were having fun for the most part (I did see one girl leaving the bathroom, it was clear she had been crying). I restrained myself to not do the Single Ladies Dance; I stood to the side and tapped my foot like a...well, like a Grown-Up might do.

Best part o' the night: When Gerb found her daughter (which daughter had said to her earlier that evening, "Mom, whatever you do, DON'T dance near me!") and started to dance with/near her. For about 5 seconds ElemenoB looked slightly horrified...and then she broke out into a smile, she and her mom both singing into their thumb-microphones at the top of their lungs, dancing together.

I can't WAIT to be able to go to the dances my kids attend. I'll make sure they're well-versed in Thriller or whatever else they need to know. Anything trumps the dance-jumping.

13 comments:

cari said...

Girls slow dance with girls? I'm having a talk with my son! He said he danced with girls but now I'm wondering...

Gerb is so great!

Jill said...

Ha! I used to be scared of stake dances, too!

The Boob Nazi said...

At least they're not grinding?

c-dub said...

Your kids will be so lucky.

Hannah said...

oh, my. to be a teenager again. i remember the jump dance. ha!

Gerb said...

There's no one I'd rather make snarky remarks with. Thanks for making it fun!

My observations will be up later today...

wendysue said...

Yeah! Youth dances! Is it just me or is 80% of the music, the same stuff we danced to in our day? My kiddos better be well prepared for some embarrassment (or total awesomeness!) when I "get-down!" with them at the dances.

Oh, and just so ya know, I totally made up a Thriller line dance for our youth and it ROCKS! (so much so, that they actually WANT me out there dancing with them. . .)

Ah, jump dancing (Kris-Kross'll make ya. . .)

Emily said...

Oh, the good ol' Stake dances! This brings back memories, though we didn't see girls dancing with girls or holding hands in the hallway. Must be a new thing. All I remember is the "two Book of Mormons apart" thing...and my telling chaperones the Book of Mormon was on microfilm now... LOL

Camille said...

I'm so glad I'm past the teenage years!

You totally should have broken out the "Single Ladies" dance!

Amy Hunter said...

Wow, that actually sounds like a lot of fun! You just made me excited for that day too, hopefully I'll see you there and we can snicker when Judson asks Clara to dance! Ha!

sue-donym said...

All I remember about my stake dances were the stoopid girls standing in the back CRYING REAL TEARS when "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" or some other Chicago/Journey/Boston whatever song came on. Gah!

Was the Princess a snob?

beans said...

I'm going to go see the writers of the lyrics that are the title of your post and will be jump dancing.

c jane said...

Do you remember dancing at Youth Conference with me at Aspen Grove? You had two different socks on, which made you sooo much cooler than any of the youth there.