DANCE PARTY VIDEO #2–THE MADISON

Dig Bob Denver on ‘American Bandstand’ introducing Annette Funicello who leads a kicking group of dancers doing ‘The Madison’. This bit about calling the dance steps (‘when I say hit it I want you do four up, a ‘Rifleman’, a ‘Jackie Gleason’ etc.) makes the experience of watching this an anxiety-producing one for me. How can they remember all those instructions and what if they do them out of order? Does the voice offscreen calling these shots have any real authority? I never did well with tests in school and hated to be called upon to answer a question in class. Now, fifty years later, those feelings of nausea and dread are triggered (to use the parlance of the day) by this innocent video. Enjoy, I suppose…

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