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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  1. Jimi Beavis says . . . | January 4, 2013 / 2:54 am

    I believ the “Mac Davis” is the “Mashed potaters”!!

  2. Bill says . . . | January 4, 2013 / 11:26 am

    Not the Mac Davis…the Mashed Potato! Thats one of the most popular blues/soul dances ever, its been immortalized in many songs :)

  3. Ayun Halliday says . . . | January 4, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    Ordering a case of Q-Tips now…

  4. Susan says . . . | March 2, 2013 / 11:43 pm

    Get some Sly Stone doing a hambone – no instructions, but he was good. Woodstock, for instance.

  5. Ashley says . . . | May 28, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Where is this video originally from do you know? My company would love to know acquire the rights. any information you have would be greatly appreciated.


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