Hip Hop Disaster

White girl can't dance?

I was going to post a short clip of me doing my hip hop workout, but upon previewing the footage, I immediately deleted it.

How is it possible to have such a disconnect between what I thought I looked like and what I actually look like?! In my mind, I was totally in step with the dancers–and I had so much flavor! On video, however, I’m a bit lackluster, to say the least. I’d like to blame it on my years of formal ballet training, which have made big, showy movements kind of anathema to me. But what if the explanation is worse?

What if… I’m too white to dance hip hop?

If that’s the case, I don’t think there’s a remedy. Or maybe the best remedy is to never video myself again. I mean, really, the whole purpose was just to provide proof that I’d stuck to my exercise plan. But can’t you just take my word for it? Or maybe I should learn to square dance. I had to do it in junior high school; I’m sure I could do a wicked do-si-do.

At any rate, I did the workout, and it was fun. I sweated my ass off and raised my heart rate, endured my husband’s laughter and my cat’s attempts to trip me, and I made it! And yes, I touched the floor during the electric slide. I tried to do some free weights afterwards, but wow, if I thought my hip-hop dance skills were poor…

The photo above was taken post-workout, and I was sweaty and exhausted. But this morning I feel great! I have some pain and tingling in my left wrist and hand, but nothing else. Tonight, I have a late night at work, and tomorrow I have a long day on my feet. We’ll see how it goes.

2 Responses to “Hip Hop Disaster”
  1. Veronica Cummings says:

    You ask, “How is it possible to have such a disconnect between what I thought I looked like and what I actually look like?!”

    That’s what I think every time I see some women who try to wear certain outfits that clearly aren’t meant for their body-types… but they still do it and don’t care, which is exactly how you should feel about your videos of you dancing. Now, I’m biased and think that you’re great at everything you do, but even if you look like you’re having an epileptic seizure when in fact you’re just dancing, do it anyway and have fun with it!

    • lupinelife says:

      🙂 I like your advice! I love it, and I’m having fun doing it. And besides, I think (I hope) I look better when I freestyle in my house than when I’m trying to follow a video. Oh, and btw, I don’t think that the women who are wearing things that don’t suit their body types don’t care–I think they don’t know. But until there’s a spin-of on What Not to Wear (it should be called Stop Dancing!), I think I’m safe in my living room.

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