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    Default Culture was healthier when everybody danced

    Sure some people go grind on people's butts at night clubs and take drugs and do DDR in large dark rooms, but people don't just wholesomely dance as a matter-of-fact cultural thing in the West anymore. For centuries royalty and peasants alike had their own dances for socialization and recreation, with the exception of a few extremist religious groups.

    Up until disco in the 70s, or at least up until the dances of the 60s, average people danced, young and old, whether it was strictly ballroom, the foxtrot, a waltz, the twist, or the Charleston. I notice this because I like to dance and grew up taking theatrical dance like ballet and tap, and also even took a shag class in middle school. My great aunt taught me to Charleston, and my grandfathers wife taught me some 50s and 60s style dancing.

    Dude people are fuckin fat and depressed. Music is negative, angry, and depressing for a disturbing segment of it and totally fuckin un-danceable.

    I believe the two things are connected. The loss of uplifting music that had dance steps accompanying it signifies the downfall of Western civilization.

    I have decided I will marry a man who isn't afraid to learn how to dance. Marmie needs a nice hobby when she's old.

    Anyway, discuss.

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    I love to dance, and lament the lack thereof in modern society.

    This love even extends to my search for that special someone...

    Every single serious relationship I've had has been with someone who knew how to dance.

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    Sounds nice in theory. I've heard a similar argument about men wearing hats all the time, and being generally more dapper and classy, subjectively speaking. And I do agree with you about dancing being awesome and wishing that more people could do it, or were willing to learn.

    But if there's one thing "Mad Men" has taught me, it's that the "good old days" weren't really good at all. So the broader cultural argument doesn't resonate with me.
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    What music are you talking about that is "un-danceable"?
    Whoops.

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    All I read was "dancing" and "marry a man". I'm down for both, if even at the same time.

    Dancing is good for this girls' soul and if I can find a man who'll dance with me, EVEN BETTER!
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    Oh, I don't even know how to reply to this so I will just make a list.
    1. I love just about anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald and there is obviously much mention about dancing. I recently reread Bernice Bobs Her Hair and all the talk of the honor and prestige of "cutting in" is long gone. These days it would just get you into a fight.

    2. I remember as a kid, my Grandparents used to go dancing on a regular basis (even into their 90's), my parents followed suit. I wish that ideology was still around.

    3. I have never been to anything even remotely resembling a Ball or a Sock Hop. Two major misses in my life. I'll have to work on this.

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    Should I feel like a moral degenerate then? I don't like dancing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    Should I feel like a moral degenerate then? I don't like dancing.
    You like Hockey...you're good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ponyboy View Post
    You like Hockey...you're good!
    Ahh yes, hockey fandom can redeem one from all transgressions at any point in time

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    You can dance if you want to, we can leave your friends behind....

    Who am I kidding? I don't dance.

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