1. The Grizzly Bear
The Grizzly Bear was introduced in Chicago in 1909. It was rough, clumsy, and undignified, as it was literally meant to be an imitation of a dancing bear. People would shout out “It’s a Bear!” while stepping heavily from side to side. Married women were probably very familiar with the routine.
2. The Safety Dance
“The Safety Dance” protested how bouncers stopped allowing dancers in clubs to pogo (or jump up and down in time with the music while staying in the same spot) because they thought it was unsafe in the ’80s. So to throw their support behind pogoing, the group’s music video for “The Safety Dance” had each member make an “S” for “Safety” with their arms and bodies in the middle of a large, grassy field. Too bad they didn’t realize roaming around in tall grass with exposed legs isn’t very safe, either.
3. The Pee-wee Herman
“The Pee-wee Herman” debuted in the 1985 adventure comedy, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” Knowing how a biker gang was about to beat him up (or possibly kill him), Pee-wee said his last request was to hear “Tequila” played one more time. His wish was granted, the bikers liked his performance so much they gave him a brand new motorcycle. If only it was that easy in a dealership.
4. The Urkel
We first saw “The Urkel” in the “Life of the Party” episode of “Family Matters.” The song that went with it had instructional lyrics on how to do the moves, and it was a nice tribute to Steve’s geeky appearance and sweet demeanor. He probably would’ve gotten another song if that whole time machine thing pulled through.
5. The Roger Rabbit
The Roger Rabbit stemmed from the 1998 movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. The dance looks like a backwards Running Man, where the dancer skips backwards and links their thumbs under their preferably existent suspenders.
While all those other novelty dances are nice, it’s all about #Shamrocking now. For those of you who don’t know, #Shamrocking is when you buy your friend a Shamrock Shake from McDonalds and take a picture of them doing an Irish Jig because they’re so happy. Be sure to take part in it so The Grizzly Bear can’t come back!