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How to dance responsibly this Christmas

Posted at 4:30 pm, December 20, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

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Listen to the beat
Zone in on the drums, not the tune. You are the music – that’s basically all there is to dancing.

Try keeping your feet still
People think dancing’s about your feet. It’s not. Bend your knees and sway from side to side.

Use your hips
O, British men. You have to get a bit more Latin on this one.

Give us a twirl
Spin the girls (gently, now). And the guys for that matter.

Frankly, no one gives a shit how you’re dancing if you’re having a good time.


Unless you’re really good at it – in which case, the floor is all yours.

Do the Worm
Your party togs and the sticky beer-soaked dancefloor should never get that intimate.

Attempt air guitar or sax
It’s, like, so 2001.

Breakdance badly
Why do so many people think they can do a backspin at 2am?

Go Gangnam Style
It’s what Boris and Dave Cameron do at Chequers. Leave it.

And while we are at it, here’s the perfect party playlist

Start the party

James Brown, ‘Get Up Offa That Thing’

Sly And The Family Stone, ‘Dance to the Music’

Hot Chip, ‘Ready for the Floor’

Technotronic, ‘Pump Up the Jam’

TNGHT, ‘Higher Ground’

End the party

Daft Punk, ‘One More Time’

LCD Soundsystem, ‘All My Friends’

Smokey Robinson ‘The Tracks of My Tears’

Queen, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’

Leonard Cohen, ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye’

If all else fails?

We’ve got two words for you: Bee Gees

For more festive tips, see timeout.com/christmas.

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