Every day we’re shuffling shuffling

11 Sep

That was my lame attempt at introducing a hit of pop culture whilst drawing a faint connection with what this post is actually about.

So once again let us set the scene!

You find yourself after a few drinks moving, almost involuntarily to the beat of the music.

Your arms and legs are flailing about rapidly, trying desperately to keep up to the rhythm of the beat. You think you’re doing a pretty good job of looking co-ordinated, keeping your dance moves versatile (mixing up the order of the three moves you realistically have, sometimes combining two to create a hybrid move. For example combining “throwing the dice’ and the ‘forward pelvic thrust’ to create the “dicey thrust”) and managing to drink your drink all at the same time.

Then out of nowhere you begin to move magnetically to a girl who is dancing on the other side of the dance-floor. What is it that is attracting you to that girl? You have seen her before during the night and didn’t think twice (although you may have glanced twice), but now with the music pumping and her swaying hips there is a drum that begins to beat inside of you.

Symptoms would suggest………YOU GOT THE MUSIC IN YOU!

A popular lyric in a popular song by the New Radicals, a one hit wonder, for those of you who haven’t heard of these guys but could sing the song in your sleep.

But not only was this a popular lyric but also a factual statement according to a man called Blacking, who did a study way back in the day called How Musical is Man? Music is a source of communication that moves the body in an expression that translates to how that person is feeling (Blacking 1976 & Trevarthen & Malloch 2000)

Therefore we apparently all have the ability to shake our tail-feather!

The purpose of music says Trevarthen and Malloch is to enhance the quality of the individual experience and human relationships, which sounds like a mighty good reason to play music at a party where you want the individual to have a good time but also the relationships within that party to be of a positive, happy-go-lucky vibe.

And here we have another insightful interview by myself with a willing party-goer

When it comes to dancing with a girl or boy, whatever your fancy, study has shown that we have in fact begun communicating with this person long before we show them our two-step (Siegman & Felstein 1979, 1987 & Trevarthen & Malloch 2000). Trevarthern & Malloch have a lovely term for it, they call it “Communicative Musicality”, meaning we react to each other’s movements almost subconsciously reflecting their movements and motives.

However when we have had a few drinks we might misinterpret the other’s motives and movements, i.e. the swaying hips are not enticing you to come closer they are actually pointing at the direction you should be walking.

So when you feel that drum beating inside of you and your jerking dance moves start to respond to someone else’s dancing remember to ask yourself is he/she communicating with me in a magical, musical way or trying to connect musically with the person behind me and you just happen to be in the way.

Either way nothing will stop you dancing because…..  YOU GOT THE MUSIC IN YOU!!

Here is some lovely dancing by a man who clearly has the music in him!!


6 Responses to “Every day we’re shuffling shuffling”

  1. Arwen from Chameleon's Tongue September 11, 2011 at 14:24 #

    Funny to hear that being drunk makes us less able to interpret the innuendo in dance moves – especially since I’m sure most suggestive dance moves are performed inebriated.

    • thatsciencehombre September 12, 2011 at 09:45 #

      i know its funny. though as the saying goes a lion will get the kill 1/10 times………….so i think its the persisitence that pays off haha

  2. tom lang September 11, 2011 at 15:04 #

    Mike, love your work, but *that’s not how you spell shuffling…*

  3. embonbon September 12, 2011 at 08:11 #

    It’s a pity that because of all these videos I can no longer enjoy this song..
    Heres a norwegian version of it if you care to watch; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V71QTyNSFfg

  4. thatsciencehombre September 12, 2011 at 09:40 #

    haha wow thats pretty special. yeah i understand it kind of scars you a little bit doesn’t it.

  5. collegekitchenscientist September 12, 2011 at 19:22 #

    I love shuffling… any dancing is awesome as is this post. It is also very interesting.

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