We’re all guilty of it…after downing a few shandies; we all seem to think we are more than capable of throwing some serious shapes like we’re a member of some urban dance crew. Sad reality of it is, more often than not, after a few drinks our judgement becomes a bit clouded and out of nowhere, our bodies seem to just let go and we hit the dancefloor with very little style or grace. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, as it’s always fun to hit the dance floor and can become the talking point for the days to follow. However, there are a few moves you should avoid at all costs to protect your reputation and to ensure you still have friends by the end of the night…

 

1) Twerking: Made famous by Miley Cyrus after THAT infamous VMA performance, Twerking involves dancing in a sexually provocative manner with thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance. Twerking has grown in popularity in recent months, but this doesn’t make it ok for you to attempt it on the dance floor after a few drinks. You may end up attracting the wrong sort of crowd and most certainly give off the wrong vibe..

 

2) Gangnam Style: South Korean musician Psy hit the charts with Gangnam Style in 2012 and has had many of us in fits of laughter, and for some, fits of despair. Either way; the Gangnam Style craze has taken off, becoming the first YouTube video to reach a whopping one billion views and topping the music charts in more than 30 countries. However, very few people can pull off Psy’s swagger so it’s best left to the legendary man himself… if you still feel compelled, you had better learn some tips:

 

3) Dad Dancing: So…think it is safe to say that we’ve all been left slightly red faced after seeing our dads dancing at a wedding or party. That moment when the image of your childhood hero just shatters then and there as you see your Dad rocking a bit of air guitar as he slides across the dance floor on his knees. However, often performed by middle-aged or older men, some younger adults have been known to rock a bit of ‘dad dancing’ on a night out. For those who suspect foul play, avoid any ‘invisible elbowing’, ‘funky chicken’ or stamping side to side on the floor like they are putting out a fire. It’s not hot and it’s not clever.

 

4) Moshing: Often associated with ‘aggressive’ music genres and as most of us know, involves people pushing or slamming into each other. This is all well and good when you are listening to hardcore punk or metal, it’s the ‘done thing to do’, however it’s not as effective when Katy Perry is on in the club and you’re taking people’s teeth out left, right and centre. Keep moshing to a minimum when you’re out, unless you’ve been waiting for over 45 minutes to get a drink and feeling slightly hard done by.

 

5) The David Brent: We all love The Office and particularly David Brent. A boss we all hope to have one day, however could we REALLY handle the elaborate dance routine he might drop on charity days? No? Think we are all in agreement that this isn’t a good look so take note before you start hitting the dance floor waving your arms about and biting your bottom lip…

 

6) Harlem Shake: Originally called the funkey monkey of dances, The Harlem Shake was introduced in the 1980s in Harlem, New York. It became mainstream in 2001 and most certainly is a cool dance if pulled off correctly, however you could well end up looking like a drunk monkey as opposed to a funky monkey after one too many. Grab some water, keep your cool and shake on down…

 

7)      Beyonce booty shake: Undoubtedly one of the biggest stars on this planet, “Queen B” certainly has a set of lungs on her, but that’s not where her talent ends, she also knows just how to get down and cut up a rug like no one else. So why do so many feel on a night out, they all of a sudden develop their very own ‘booty’ and shake it oh so vigorously? For all the ladies out there, this is perfectly acceptable, but for the men who seem to take on the form of a bootlicious diva, perhaps leave it to the females. You’re only going to do yourself some damage both to your reputation or internally. You also run the risk of damaging the minds of those spectating.