GNO: The White Girl’s Overbite, Part I

Remember that scene in When Harry Met Sally where Billy Crystal refers to guys’ dancing as the White Man’s Overbite?  I think the female version is so much more awesome. 

After a Girls’ Night Out dancing with the ladies last night, here are the four main varieties of White Girl's Overbite, aka WGO, that I observed:


The Chicken.  This is referring to me, which is why I dare list it.  My husband affectionately once told me I resembled a chicken when I dance.  And he’s totally right.  I kind of flap my wings, er, arms, in time to the music, much like a hen.  I even had a boyfriend once tell me I needed to move my feet more.  OK, John Travolta, whatever.  Quite frankly, I don’t care what I look like when I dance.  But rest assured, you will not see me on DWTS.  Mainly because I’m not a star. 
The Bearcat Strut.  This can only be pulled off by someone who is extremely confident and looks great in a short, tight dress without the aid of full-body Spanx.  And blond hair and high heels definitely add to the effect.  The general movement consists of a head-held-high, pick-up-the-knees strut, combined with a rotation of the arms that slightly resembles a giant pawing motion.  And remember to keep a serious face. The Strut announces one’s arrival on the dance floor, and can also serve as a motivational action in recruiting others to join you.  Again, this one is not for the faint of heart, so you might want to practice in the mirror before trying it out in public.
The Mini-Watusier.  I sometimes fall into this category, as well.  It’s probably the most comfortable and least likely to attract attention.  Just keep those chicken arms in check, foot movements lightly restrained and booty shaking to a pleasant, non-vulgar minimum.  This technique is also beneficial, in that it’s the easiest to employ with cocktail in hand.
The Old-School Solid Gold Wanna-Be.  She is the most fun to dance with because she’ll constantly keep you guessing.  At one point, she may be doing a modified version of the “Hustle,” and the next minute she’ll be rockin’ the “Roger Rabbit."  She is adept at old school moves like the “Running Man” and the “Sprinkler” as well as the modern day “Toot It and Boot It.”  And whatever you do, always be en guarde for an impromptu slap on the booty from her when you least expect it.
So, the next time you’re in the vicinity of a dance floor, see if you can spot these four styles of WGO.  They’re awfully entertaining.
Which one are you?
And stay tuned…GNO: The White Girl’s Overbite, Part II coming soon:  tips and tricks to make the most of your dance floor experience, such as deflecting snide glances from twenty-somethings with firm bodies and attitudes.

Sharing the dance floor with the talented folks at yeah write.  If your dance card's not full, come give it a twirl.
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  1. I am the solid gold one. But it ain't pretty. At. All. I need someone to get married and invite me to the wedding so I can practice.

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    1. Love it!! I know, not many places an old married lady can go to practice other than a wedding.

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  2. I am not much of a dancer . . . I suspect that when I do get dragged out onto the floor . . . which is how it happens . . . I am a combination of #1 and #3. There is nothing solid gold about this one's moves!
    Jenn

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    1. Well, getting dragged out can be fun, too! :)

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  3. I don't dance unless I am very very drunk. And then I am too drunk to dance so I just sit.

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    1. You sound like a wise woman, Robbie!

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  4. I hate dancing, and avoid it when possible. That worked out well for me until my wedding day came. My photographer caught an excellent shot of me doing the sprinkler.

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    1. Ha! Would love to see that pic...a bride in her wedding dress doing the sprinkler. Doesn't get any better than that.

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  5. Sigh. *looks down* I'm a chicken.

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    1. Yippee, another chicken! Strength in numbers.

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  6. I'm a mini-watusier (although I admit having to google that...)

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    1. Ahhh, you must be a sweet, young thing.

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  7. Urgh, I'm not a dancer material :P I can't sing and I can't dance LOL

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    1. Jamie, I'm sure you have other talents, of which I'm unaware, so revel in those :)

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  8. I like to dance with cocktail in hand...so glad I finally have a name for that particular move!!

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    1. Certainly adds another dimension to the fun to try and dance without any spillage.

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  9. Solid gold- because I love doing the shopping cart, lol

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    1. The Shopping Cart...that's a new one for me! Love it!

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  10. Alas. I have been told I dance like a chicken. Or do you know Gilly from SNL? Yeah, her. But I have fun doing it!

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    1. Yes! Being a Chicken is fun! The more the merrier, I say.

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  11. I'm always the one sitting in the corner with my drink in hand watching! I cannot dance at all, but it can be entertaining to watch.

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    1. I'm with you. That is me sometimes, too!

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  12. Totally Solid Gold, baby! And I prefer an empty dance floor - so look for me five minutes after the club opens its doors.

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    1. Ha! You are a bold woman. I like that.

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  13. You are cracking me up! So true - all of these! I'm the chicken too, I think.

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    1. I think the Chicken is the best, Missy! :)

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  14. Hysterical! So Old School around here--and proud of it :)

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    1. I am so jealous of you Old Schoolers...sigh.

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  15. So funny! I'm more of the jump up and down while I bop my head to the beat.

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    1. That reminds me of that House of Pain song from the 90s..."jump around, jump up, jump up and get down" :)

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  16. I'm definitely the first one! Ugh, dancing is not my strength for sure.

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    1. Well, we Chickens do the best we can!

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