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Question #93404 posted on 11/10/2020 10:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm trying to get more dance practice in, because I love to dance even when I can't go to dances. I've gone to a few dance lessons before dances and have good rhythm. I'd love to sign up for a class, but that's not fitting in my life right now, so I'm mostly watching Youtube Tutorials.

My question is, what (manly classical) dances would fit the rhythm of "Shall We Dance" from The King and I, since that's the main song I listen to that makes me want to dance. I googled it and they said Viennese Waltz, but that's a 3-step dance and the song is four beats...

I would also enjoy suggestions for dances that I could practice listening to "Happy" and "Can't stop the Feeling"


-Zwerg Zwei


Dear Zwerg Rush,

The style of dance in question, fortunately, is stated by Anna herself: "Well, it's quite simple, the polka."
Polka, of course, has multiple styles of dance and music, for example here, the Romany polka, and here a Victorian-style polka to a song from 1850. You'll notice they both share the same basic beat as "Shall We Dance."

Many of the classical polkas were composed in Vienna--not Viennese Waltzes, you'll understand--and if you're looking for ballroom-style polka, you'll probably enjoy watching this polka in Vienna itself. 
Here's an instructional polka video for music very similar to "Shall We Dance."

As for your other dances? JT's "Can't Stop The Feeling" is a cha-cha.

"Happy" by Pharrell Williams? It's a jive. And if you'd like to watch a horrifically Minion-costumed jive somehow financed by the BBC—great execution, terrible taste, well, that nightmare can be yours to keep.
Trying to stave off your pending insanity from watching that video? You could tap dance to it as well.


--Ardilla Feroz