A memory inspired by The Daily Post: Daily Prompt-Let’s Dance. In answer to the question, “what are your earliest memories of dance?”
Middle School Gym 1988
Jodi Watley-Looking for a New Love
Boys and girls file in staring at their shoes and instinctually separate. Boys on this side, girls on that side.
Keith Sweat-I Want Her
Several empty dance songs play in succession as the two sides size each other up and work out their butterflies.
Girls hit the dance floor on this one. Shaking it proud with sideways glances at the boys who are gawking in disbelief.
U2-With or Without You
First slow song drops like a bomb. Girls scurry back to the ladies side of the gym. The alpha of the popular boys singles out his long time girlfriend. They just celebrated their 3 week anniversary! They sway back and forth as a few others couple up and oh so awkwardly embrace each other. The closest physical encounter with the opposite gender ever.
Lisa Lisa Cult Jam-Head to Toe
Gives both sides a chance to exhale and compose themselves as they compare notes on the experience. “He smelled so good,” “His hands went where?!” “He slow dances too fast.” I wonder what the boys were saying.
Debarge-Rhythm of The Night
Restarts the cycle.
Terence Trent Darby-Wishing Well
This one confuses everybody, is it a slow dance or a fast dance? Better wait it out.
Nu Shooz-I Can’t Wait
Brings the girls back out on the dance floor, everybody sings along in unison, “My love, tell me what it’s all about, you got something that I can’t live without…”
“Last song of the night guys and dolls,” says the DJ, “Grab that special someone!”
No WAY is he looking at me. He’s looking right at me! Oh my GOD here he comes, he’s walking over to me! He holds out his hand and looks my friend right in the eyes before pulling her out onto the dance floor as I rush to the girls bathroom to cry it out.