The first time I heard the rhetorical question “Why walk when you can dance?” was when I watched the Babysitter’s Club in 1995. I was 9. Jessie Ramsey, the dancer character was introduced in the earlier part of the movie as going by this philosophy, shown sashaying down the sidewalk to school with her eyes closed. It seemed to me that people around her were fairly amused and didn’t bother her about it and her friends loved didn’t kick her out of their babysitter club for being a free spirit dancing queen.
First Dance Vancouver recently came across this video of NBC producer and presenter Ben Aaron’s discovery of “dance walking”. Whether this is an official thing or not is unclear to us, but its level of being amazing is pretty darn high. Ben is inspired by an encounter with an uninhibited New Yorker dancing down Fifth Avenue and decides to test out this new activity, first alone, then with friends. He finds that this new form of fitness combines his three favourite things: interacting with other people, seeing the city and dancing. Plus it is a fun way to get from point A to point B, and you can do it anywhere!
Imagine grabbing a group of gal pals and bumping down Main Street to “Call Me Maybe”, inviting your sassy neighbours to join you in a romp down the Drive to “Let’s Get Physical”, entertaining your nieces and nephews with a suburban “Party Rock Anthem” sidewalk crawl, or brightening an elderly stranger’s day by two stepping through Kerrisdale with “The Real Slim Shady”. Now stop imagining and go do it! We dare you!
We would love to hear from you on how you are putting the philosophy “Why walk when you can dance?” into your life! Send us videos, photos and ideas on what you’re doing to put more dance into your life today!