Friday

F is for Flashdance

If don't get the reference,
I'm leaving it up to you
to google it.
I don't have time to check all the other challengers' entries for F, but I'm betting no one else came up with Flashdance.

If you are like me, you may not have a whole lot of time to devote to your passion for dance. Not a problem. Today's quick lesson will have you dancing like a maniac in no time. All you need is 3 minutes. (Perhaps a bit longer if you need to improvise on the costume change.)

Here's what you will need:

  • One pair of leg warmers. (If you don't own any leg warmers, you can cut the feet off of a pair of knee-highs, or a pair of tube socks would do in a pinch, I suppose.)
  • Athletic tape. (You might find some in a first aid kit. If you can't find a first aid kit in your home, car, or office, now might be a good time to add "first aid kit" to your shopping list. Still, if you don't have athletic tape, you could substitute masking tape or painter's tape.)
  • Music. (Might I suggest something by Irene Cara or Michael Sembello.)
  • Two cups of water. (One to drink. One to splash on your face.)
Okay, once you have all your supplies together, go ahead and start the music. The costume change is part of the choreography. (A brilliant time-saver if I do say so myself.) Take off your shoes and socks. Roll up your pants above your knees. If you are wearing a skirt or, even better, a leotard, you are all set. Pull on your leg warmers (or footless knee-highs) and scrunch them up just so. Wrap the athletic tape around the balls of your feet a couple of times. Now wiggle your toes and point and flex your feet. Take one cup of water, close your eyes, and splash the water directly on your face. Don't towel off yet, just shake your hair out. The rest is pretty much freestyle. Run in place. Stretch. Whip your head around (but not too hard if you are a novice). When the music stops, your flashdance is done. Take a drink of water. Reassemble yourself, and get back to work.

10 comments:

  1. Awesome blast from the past! Made me look this up on you tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vx4J_NtNPk Where are the leg warmers in your drawing?!?!

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    1. Haha--I guess that old video got a couple of hits this morning.

      The leg warmers. Yes. Bright red, scrunchy leg warmers really would have popped. Perhaps in the sequel.

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  2. I think I will do this when no one else is around, but it sounds like fun the way you describe it. One way to get energized.

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    1. Yes. If nothing else, splashing your face with a glass of water should wake you up. :D

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  3. "The rest is pretty much freestyle." Awesome. I'm looking forward to these every day.

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    1. Thanks, Amelia! It pays the bills. Wait--no it doesn't. Oh well...it's too late to quit now. Wait--no it isn't.

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  4. Awesome. I'd try it but I've been trying to reassemble myself for years. Aging sucks.

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  5. Can you believe that I don't think I have ever seen Flashdance? I've seen that one dance scene, but I can't recall anything else about it. Guess I'll be swinging by Netflix before the night is through!

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    1. Oh boy. Do not get your hopes up too high.

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