#267 Car dancing

Get down, get funky, get loose.

When the tunes starts bumping and your car starts thumping it’s time to dance it off in the passenger or back seat. Slam the glove compartment, roll down the windows, and give these moves a try:

The Bird. Both the driver and passenger get involved with this one. Each person sticks one arm out each window and gets slowwwwwwww flapping. Birdcalls can be added for effect or just enjoy the ride.

• Reverse Irish Dancing. Michael Flatley was Lord of the Dance with his super-fast-legs styles. Go the opposite by keeping your legs buckled up while getting the upper body bouncing. Head bobs, shoulder shrugs, and flailing elbows? Testify!

• Air Drumming. Bang the dash, bang the windows, and bang those bucket seats. Make sure you point all the air vents towards you and crank the fan for full effects. Bonus points awarded for headbanging so hard you engage the seatbelt.

Air Boxing. This is just a twist on Air Drumming and is primarily used for LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out.

• Mime Dancing. When you’re rocking out wearing headphones nobody hears those drums thumping and that bass kicking. But they see you enjoying them both. Lip synching with scrunched eyebrows and wistful eyes is always nice here.

When you can’t go outside cause you’re strapped in for the ride sometimes it gets blurry and boring out the windows. Cloud float up high and trees whip on by while you sit and itch for some energy and some fun. So when the talking is done and you’re cruising in the sun make sure you get those buns bouncing to the beat, clap your hands and stomp those feat, and make some car dancing magic … in your car dancing seat.


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40 thoughts on “#267 Car dancing

  1. This is brilliant! Saturday night is oldies night on the radio where I’m from so any time my family goes out for dinner on Saturday night three of the four of us have a mini dance party in the car on the way home. It never fails that when my sister and I get outside, the night air turns pleasant post-dinner drowsiness into a rush of giggly energy, which is best let out through car dancing.

        1. damn, it was a wild shot considering im from sydney australia, but worth the try.
          101.7 is our oldies station & saturday night is ‘juke box saturday night’
          love it :)

  2. I keep a pair of drum sticks in my truck so that when I am sitting in bumper to bumper traffic in Austin, Texas, I can totally jam out to the radio.

  3. Too good! I’ve had people stare at me one too many times while doing just that.
    With the windows rolled up, they see the movements, but can’t hear a thing. A bit like watching a mime act.
    Keep up the good work!

  4. just did this on the weekend :) on the way to and from the beach.
    we had the jimmy barnes ‘working class man’ & whitney housten ‘i just wanna dance with somebody’ cranked up super loud & danced and sang all the way down the freeway :)
    such an awesome feeling

  5. So, apparently car dancing leads to embarrassment of your offspring… and spouse if the circumstances are just right.
    Whenever I wriggle my butt in my seat while I’m driving, my daughter yells at me to stop and then she hides her face. Great stuff! That’s usually when I throw a hand up and give a couple fist pumps.

    1. This seems like an awesome thing in itself – embarrassing your offspring.. granted, I don’t have any kiddos just yet, but I have a strong feeling this will become a major part of my parenting strategy.. doing things in public that makes your kids roll their eyes, hide their faces, groan, or generally be mortified.. I can’t wait!!

      I think making really bad puns in front of their friends will be a key part of my strategy, but I’ll have to add Bekah’s car dancing to the list!

      1. It’s SO much fun! And they secretly like it! (or at least will look upon it with nostalgia in later years).

        1. I remember car dancing with my mom when I was little. I wasn’t embarrassed, I loved it! Hopefully one day my little one will join in.

          Freddo, just don’t turn into a troll dad.

  6. Definitely awesome – followed up with singing at the top of your lungs with the windows rolled up, so no one can hear you!!!

  7. Cancing!!! My friends and I do this often enough that we had to compress “car dancing” into a word of it’s own.

  8. Tiferet – thank you for sharing! That’s an awesome summary of being a happy person :)

    Car dancing is the best. My favorite car dancing experiences are going to/from a concert, when EVERYONE is sitting in ridiculous amounts of traffic, but car dancing and happy because of the concert. Sometimes you can even guess what song they’re listening to :)

  9. I worked out the text in Tiferet’s essay. So much wisdom for a 12 year old! I think her last line is spot on!

    Tiferet writes:
    Certain behaviours can help a person to be happy. First, go to bed on time. To get to bed on time you should get started on your homework early. If you like reading before bed like I do put a limit on how much you read. Next, focus on the positive. Talk about happy subjects because sad words bring sadness. Think happy thoughts about yourself and other people. In addition, look for the good things in life. Be optimistic about the future. If something disappointing happens, think about how everything is for the good. All in all, it comes down to the fact that your behaviour is what determines your feelings and outcome of the day.

  10. I went to two baseball games this past weekend. It takes about an hour to get from my house to the stadium. So of course, the whole time, my dad and I were car dancing.

  11. I’m a college student and I love this website !!!!! When class gets really boring, I love coming to 1000 awesome things and getting a good laugh and what you come up with.. Talk about the story of my life, you have my entire program laughing and in awe with the real life situations that make life awesome! Car dancing is one of my faves! I drive to school, about an hour drive everyday, and there’s nothing better than dancing hardcore to whatever is jamming on the radio:) The best is when random driivers give you weired looks, as if they’re above dancing:)
    Honestly, thanks for all the laughs you bring to your readers! This is exactly what alot of people need in their lives! Keep being awesome!

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