James Brown Gives You Dancing Lessons: From The Funky Chicken to The Boogaloo

Don’t go into this expecting Arthur Murray-level clarity of instruction. This is Soul Train-era James Brown, shaking way more than any simple footprint pattern could convey. That’s not to say there isn’t concrete information to be gleaned here, especially if you never really knew which moves constitute The Funky Chicken.  Ditto The Boogaloo, The Camel Walk, and something I swear sounds like The Mac Davis.

James proudly demonstrates them all, as unconcerned as a peacock would be when it comes to breaking things down for the folks at home. (Trust me, your kneecaps will be grateful he’s not more explicit.) Enjoy this little dance break any time you need a boost. Or what the hell, see how your Robot stacks up against James’. (Be forewarned, he blows Shields and Yarnell out of the water.) If – as the song goes – You Don’t Give A Doggone About It, you’ll have a lot of fun. Leave the shades open, and your neighbors will too.

Ayun Halliday has never shied away from embarrassing herself off or on the dance floor. Follow her @AyunHalliday

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