April 26, 2022
Melinda Head

Reason to Dance

Don’t always need a reason, but Elon Musk has one today

Dancing is about liberation. About letting ourselves go. Losing ourselves in the moment. It’s a good feeling. Elon Musk must surely be feeling good, ready to show us another of his signature dance moves.

After being cooped up during COVID or sweating bullets while trying to pry Twitter away from a hostile Board of Directors, dancing can provide the long-overdue release we all need so badly.  Good-bye anxiety, good-bye isolation, good-bye depression. Hello life. Let’s get back to living and tweeting. Let’s dance. Come on, Elon, show us your victory dance.

Here’s my favorite dance clip of all time. If you’re not dancing to it, there is no hope for you:

Matthew Broderick performs “Twist and Shout” in the 1986 cult film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Here are some equally fabulous dance clips:

Sidney Poitier was in a class of his own, shown here, as he dances with a student to Manchester’s The Mindbenders in the unforgettable 1967 classic film “To Sir with Love”

John Travolta performs his famous dance moves in the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever”

I love TwinsthenewTrend being exposed to Michael Jackson singing “Billie Jean” in 1983 in which he performs his famous moonwalk at 6:24 (fast-forward to find it).  MJ The Musical is currently playing on Broadway to critical acclaim. You can learn how to moonwalk here – come on, give it a try, you can do it!

Dancing is a huge stress reducer and an aerobic workout, with many other physical and mental health benefits.

Released in 2000 “Billy Elliot” is a wonderful movie about a young boy who is determined to be a dancer, despite it being socially unacceptable at the time. Luckily, we’re long past that. Did you know that heart-throb Tom Holland (aka Spiderman) launched his career playing Billy Elliot at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre?

“Once I get going I forget everything. I sort of disappear … I feel a change in my whole body … I am just flying like a bird. Like electricity, yeah, like electricity.” (Billy Elliott)

You can dance alone or with others, anywhere. No dance floor is needed. You can dance freeform or try your hand at any moves with the help of YouTube or TikTok.

“Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but the living room.” (author Kurt Vonnegut)

Breakdancing will be showcased as an Olympic sport at the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics – Wow! OMG!!!

Many people have heard about Studio 54 – a den of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll … and dancing in New York City that catapulted to incredible heights before crashing and burning due to tax evasion 33 months after it opened. There was a shady-looking behind-the-scenes money man from Brooklyn. The place was run by two inexperienced young men with a night club vision and no fear. Diana Ross, Salvador Dali, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and many, many beautiful people hung out at Studio 54. The carefully curated list of top celebrity patrons and their lavish Studio 54 experiences have never been repeated elsewhere. Both co-founders, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, eventually went to jail, and Rubell subsequently died from HIV/AIDS, which was rampant at the time. There is a great documentary movie called Studio 54 – I highly recommend that you watch this important period piece and all of its debauchery.

“Studio 54 was a world of fantasy … everyone felt they had to be there … controversy (at Studio 54) was like a moth to a flame.”

Fast forward to New York City today. There’s a new nightclub in town: “Nebula”, named after a body of interstellar clouds that are visible to the human eye at night. The 700-person venue, at 135 W. 41st Street between Times Square and Bryant Park, has a 5,500 sq. ft. dance floor ready for your shoes, as well as a 2,500 sq. ft. mezzanine and 3,000 sq. ft. devoted to private club rooms – all of which aspire to “blend technology and hospitality to deliver a transformative nightlife experience”. Mr. Gao and Mr. Romero, the nightclub business remains very risky, but passionate - we wish you the very best in your Nebula endeavour. Can you top Studio 54 or even come close to it? Word on the street says that we’re about to experience a Roaring Twenties post-COVID rebound … we shall see.

For those of you who can’t get to Manhattan, check out this great 2004 movie about a superstar DJ who loses his hearing while working the Ibiza club scene. The sound track is excellent. It’ll getcha movin’.

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A serial entrepreneur, Melinda is a sociologist and statistician who believes there is no currency with greater value than knowledge

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