Top 7 Easy Dance Moves For The Naturally Awkward

7 Dance Moves To Try If You're A Naturally Awkward Potato On The Dance Floor

Think you can't dance? Think again.

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Picture this: There you are, standing on the dance floor. The music is excellent, the crowd is hyped, and the lights are just right. It's time to bust a move, but there's just one small problem: You don't know how to dance. Never fear! Many, many people struggle with this, and the good news is: most of us are not good dancers.

Dancing (unless for competitive purposes) is not about being good. Sure, it'd be nice if we were all naturally graceful and smooth, but that's simply too much to ask. No, dancing is about having fun. Yes, you will look silly. Yes, people will laugh. However, if you're laughing too, then isn't it worth it? If everyone is being silly and looking like fools together, then what's the point in being embarrassed? In light of this, here are 7 trusty moves for beginners to bust out on the dance floor to set the tone and get the party started. These can be applied to any song, anytime.

1. The Disco Man

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Popularized in the '70s with beloved songs like "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees, this move is a classic. It's a bit attention-getting though, so be prepared for eyes to be drawn to you. To perform this, simply place your non-dominant hand on your hip, then point your dominant hand at first the sky, then your opposite hip. Repeat this motion with some hip shakes, and you will be the star of any dance floor, any time. For a demonstration of how best to use this move, check out this video from seconds 30-36.

2. The Shopping Cart

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Ever been grocery shopping? If you understand the concept of pushing a cart and taking items off of shelves and putting them in said cart, you can do "The Shopping Cart". Just mime putting items in a cart in time to the beat. It's also perfectly acceptable and even encouraged that you put some attitude into the one. Grab your imaginary chips and shake them like a boss before tossing them into your fictitious cart. Your fellow dancers will love you for it. These guys give a pretty awesome demonstration of how to best use this move.

3. The Macarena

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Oh yes, I said it. Hey, Macarena! This move is a classic, and all you need is a steady beat to pull it off. What's fantastic about this dance is that it looks coordinated, and people will often start to follow you as you do it. You could start an impromptu flash mob with the right song, the macarena, and a good crowd. I dare you to try it.

4. The Grapevine

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This move can be dangerous, as in if you stare at your feet while doing it you can grapevine right into a group of people and injure someone. If you can do it without looking down though, feel free to bust this one out! Girls love fancy feet, and it's just plain fun to look fancy with as you cross the floor. Don't know how to grapevine? It's hard to verbally explain, so just watch this.

5. The Sprinkler

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Yet another classic dance move, this one can be done by placing one hand behind your head and allowing your elbow to stick out, then sticking the other arm straight out in front. Next, bring in your elbow while moving your other hand towards it, then back out again. Ideally while doing this, you are pivoting, giving the illusion that you are a classic lawn sprinkler watering the grass. For a quick demonstration, watching this.

6. The Jim

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This one is inspired by John Krasinski's character on "The Office" (US). In a few different episodes, we get to see him dance, and I have to say, it's great. Some examples would be the lip dub and cafe disco. You have to look for it because he's in the background, but it's there. Basically, he jumps in place with his arms pinned to his side. Like all of these moves, it can be used with any song at any time. I recommend mixing this one in with some other moves though, as jumping for too long can get tiring.

7. The Shuffle

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There are many different kinds of shuffles, including the famous cupid shuffle, but what I'm referring to here is the act of repeatedly shuffling your feet to first the right, then the left, and moving your arms in some fashion with you. You can use just your shoulders even. Whether you use your whole body or just your shoulders, wiggling from side to side is an easy warm-up dance move to get the party started, and easy transition move to throw in from time to time. This one also gives you the option for creativity. It's the closest to improvised dance you can get without looking too crazy.

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

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    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

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    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

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    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

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    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

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    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    Fanfiction IS A Legitimate Form Of Creative Writing

    There's more to fanfiction than bad grammar and Mary-Sues.

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    If you've heard of fanfiction, you're probably aware of the negative connotations that come with it. Fanfiction, or fiction written by fans of a TV show, book, or any other original creation, is often associated with unpolished writing and out-of-character shenanigans. It's not uncommon to hear people laugh about how all fanfic writers are prepubescent kids too wrapped up in fake ships (relationships in the fandom) and unrealistic fantasies. Some people even characterize fanfiction as a form of plagiarism, since the writers essentially use a fandom's pre-existing characters in a different plot.

    While many stories are, indeed, in need of serious editing, a lot of fanfic is highly sophisticated. Some writers are able to capture the characters in their chosen fandom so completely that the story seems authentic to the universe it's written in. It's hard for me to dismiss these writers as uninspired copycats because their writing clearly shows that they have a firm grip on characterization and plot. My own attempts at writing fanfic have convinced me that proper characterization in fanfic is often harder than creating original characters. Fanfic writers don't have as much freedom to make characters perform certain actions, as they must constantly think about whether the characters are authentic to the original work.

    On the flip side, some writers diverge so much from the original work that they essentially create a plot and characters of their own. Many famous authors got their start in fanfiction, including Cassandra Clare (best known for "The Mortal Instruments" series), Meg Cabot (best known for "The Princess Diaries" series), and S.E. Hinton (best known for "The Outsiders"). But when readers hear that these authors have written fanfiction, many of them assume that their stories are unoriginal or retrospectively look at their writing more critically. Suddenly, every questionable plot device or flawed characterization is reflective of the authors' origins in fanfiction, despite the fact that accomplished authors who haven't written fanfiction make those same mistakes.

    The assumption that fanfiction writers can only create derivative work, even in their original stories, is especially true for the creation of characters. When I tell people that a certain author has written fanfiction, they'll often start looking for similarities between the author's original characters and characters in the author's fandom. While this author's characters may have begun in fanfiction, they've diverged so much that they're not the same characters anymore. If most people can accept that original characters change drastically from their inception, why are characters born from fanfiction seen as unoriginal when they've changed just as dramatically?

    Just like in any creative form, there are good and bad sides to fanfiction. A lot of fanfiction is flawed, whether the story has bad grammar, Mary-Sues (unrealistic characters that lack flaws), or gaping plot holes. But at the end of the day, it's important to remember to push past the prevailing narrative that certain art forms are more legitimate than others, simply because they're more mainstream.

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