Sunday, January 17, 2016

How to be a Good Dancer

How to be a Good Dancer is 60+ pages of pulse-pounding, rug-cuttin' awesome. Well, the last half of the book is anyway, as the first half focuses more on old timey waltzes and tangos and other moves not quite as sexy and exciting as later 50's and 60's go-go era styles like The Kangaroo, The Frug, The Hully-Gully, and the exquisitely named Waddle-Watusi-Wobble! I think we'll also skip The Merengue, and The Cha-Cha (sorry Barry!) and kick this post off in Jitterbug territory. And because Mr. Karswell is always here to help, I've included some very important good advice do's and don'ts, as well as invaluable dance etiquette at the end of the post. So read up, don't be the one shufflin' on down the road to ridicule and unpopularity! NOTE TO BOYS DOING THE MONKEY: (see images below) It's important to remember that you're doing The Monkey and NOT scratching at the window like a vampire kid from Salem's Lot-- that's a whole other awesome dance!































6 comments:

Craftypants Carol said...

This book can call it anything they want, but we all know that the "monkey" kid is really doing the Salems-Lot-Itchy-Scratchy-Window-Watusi!

Fab book! I always love to see happy dancing people :)

Karswell said...

Haha! That is most definitely the dance for me! 😊

Mr. Cavin said...

Wow, I totally have a crush on the Watusi Monkey Girl. What a dreamy catch! And, as an extra plus, she likes a date who wears a rather sensible suit, instead of that plaid eyesore one must don to make time with the fruggers. The Boy frugger is far and away the better dancer of that couple, by the way.

And I will too pump my arms in time to the music. Even with a drink in my hand.

Karswell said...

In the next post we'll take these moves to Las Vegas '72-- better break out some sensible shoes, Mr C!

KL from NYC said...

Did you know that this is one of Joe Bonomo's money-making pamphlets? He was a Coney Island strongman who became a famous stunt man in silent films, and then used his fame to become a very successful mail-order and marketing entrepreneur. He has a pictorial autobiography (which he also marketed) with lots of interesting photos.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Bonomo_%28strongman%29

Karswell said...

Yes of course, I scanned this from the book I own... I have quite a few of these Bonomo booklets 😊