This gorilla dancing to 'Maniac' in a pool is everything

A couple of days ago, the Dallas Zoo posted a video of Zolo the "breakdancing" gorilla spinning around in a kiddie pool. That was pretty great on its own. But then, video producer Bob Hagh added the song from Flashdance "Maniac" to it and broke the Internet.

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Watch this hypnotic kaleidoscope of fingers

Finger choreography by fingertut masters Xtrap Dance Crew.

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You could own the light-up dance floor from Saturday Night Fever

The fantastic light-up dance floor from Saturday Night Fever (1977) will go up for auction in a couple of weeks. The 24' x 36' floor, outfitted with more than 250 lights, was built and installed at Brooklyn's 2001 Odyssey nightclub specifically for the film. When the place closed in 2005, former employee Vito Bruno bought it. Auction house Profiles in History expects it to fetch $1 to $1.5 million.

Can you dig it? I knew that you could.

(Reuters)

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Man is so happy about his burrito that he dances on restaurant counter

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Watch: incredible dance routine by dog and woman

To quote noted asshat Samuel Johnson, "Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all." Read the rest

Smoke break: break dancing with smoke grenades

Cinematographer Ali Kubba captured this cool footage of break dancers with smoke grenades. Read the rest

Sold Pupper Dance

When the Youtube description is "I am sold dance, happy pupper dance," you know nothing can go wrong. Read the rest

David Mancuso, pioneering DJ and underground dance club icon, RIP

David Manucso, the pioneering New York City DJ who launched the underground dance music scene with his in 1970 club The Loft, has died. He was 72. Mancuso's exquisite taste in music and his mission to host inclusive parties safe for GLBTQ people and other marginalized communities made him a beloved icon of club culture. From The Guardian:

Unlike the commercial clubs that existed to make a profit, Mancuso and particularly his event Love Saves the Day, offered a space for its members, often an LGBTQ audience, to celebrate nightlife without police interference.

“For me, the core [idea behind The Loft] is social progress,” he said in 2013. “How much social progress can there be when you’re in a situation that is repressive? You won’t get much social progress in a nightclub. In New York City they changed the law [for entry into clubs, from] 18 to 21 years old; where can this age group go to dance? In my zone, you can be any age, a drinker or non-drinker, a smoker or a non-smoker. And that’s where I like to be.”

Playlist: David Mancuso presents The Loft:

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Wonderful video of New Wave dance club in the 1980s

Much of this wonderful video could have been shot at Cincinnati's Metro/Clubhaus where I spent the late 1980s, but it's actually from Stratus in San Diego, California. This is the first in a series of vintage Stratus videos that you can watch here.

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Spike Jonze + Sia's "Chandelier" choreographer = Walkenesque insanity

If you liked the videos for Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" and Sia's "Chandelier," you might like this choreographed ad starring Margaret Qualley, set to Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums' "Mutant Brain." Read the rest

Improv Everywhere: Dance Captain Wanted

Charlie from Improv Everywhere writes, "We set up 100 dancers in a park and put a platform in front of them. Watch what happens." Read the rest

Make any song swing

Swingify attempts to turn any song into a swing version of itself. Upload an audio file, select the hardness of swing you prefer, and listen. Read the rest

James Brown teaches you how to dance

"I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know."

(via John Curley)

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Swing Dancers vs. Street Dancers, who wins?

A battle at the Montreal Swing Riot:

Modern Street Dancers represented waacking, locking, popping, breaking, hip hop and krump: Taminator, Venom, Wook, Rawss, Bourrik, Ddimplz, Treklock , Scramblelock, Boombeast, Jigsaw, Cherry and Zepol Rock.

Vintage Street Dancers represented vernacular jazz dances like the Charleston and the Lindy Hop: Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook, Annie Trudeau, Aleix Prats Ferrer, Joyss, Gina Helfrich, Anthony Chen, Rebecka Decavita, Emelie Decavita, Zack Richard, Natalia Rueda, Jonathan Desroches and Marie-Anne Rochon.

(video by Alain Wong)

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Ballroom dancing in a busy NYC crosswalk

Charlie from Improv Everywhere sent us this video of their latest piece, "Ballroom Crosswalk," which features some genuinely great dancing in a NYC crosswalk, but even better is staged with a slow burn that pays off beautifully at the end! Read the rest

Physiology of "Bone Breaking" street dancing

My friends at Youth Radio interviewed a sports medicine physician, who used to dance with Cirque du Soleil, about the anatomy of "bone breaking," the incredible form of turf dancing where the performers rhythmically contort, pop, and flex their bodies in crazy ways.

Below, Youth Radio's earlier video about turf dancing.

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Dig this fun 1960 hipster dance party!

"Bohemian dancing it's called, and these kids start dressing up where the 'teds' and 'weirdies' left off." Read the rest

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