Dancing In Inappropriate Places

Dancing makes people smile.  My vision statement has to do with a world in which people break into spontaneous dance in unexpected places and occasionally I like to blog about occasions where that happens already.

Great examples of inappropriate dance

Nothing makes me happier than seeing evidence of people dancing with abandon in “inappropriate” places.  Some people are blessed with the not caring what others think of them gene.  Check out these garbage men dancing on the back of their truck.  What a way to make a workday fun!  Do you think they brought a lot of smiles to a lot of faces along their route?

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Dancing Cops

One of my all time favorite examples of this fabulous genre are police who dance in public.  Introducing this element of fun and spontaneity to this job could go a long way in healing the rift between police and citizens they are supposed to be protecting.


Not surprisingly, most of the examples I have took place in countries where there is considerably less of a rift than there is here.  This one’s from Canada where a Toronto cop doing security at a jazz festival joins the revelers in a line dance:

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The next two very short clips are from Sweden.  I wish I knew the story behind this first one  because I’ve been to Sweden many times and I’ve never seen a dancing cop.  He just seems to, like my vision statement, be breaking into spontaneous dance with a “who cares what anyone thinks?” attitude.

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This guy joyfully joins a Pride march and dances in the parade, creating a ton of goodwill and having a great time.

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And here in the good old US of A, this SWAT traffic cop at a political convention outdoes our neighbor countries in this delightful show of dance skills that don’t interfere with his job:

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Last but not by far the least, I leave you with this example which I’ve used in a previous post. (More Thoughts On How Dance Makes a Better World.)

It bears repeating because it’s the absolute best example of the healing possibilities of dance:

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by LaurieAnn Lepoff

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1 reply
  1. Ernie Williams
    Ernie Williams says:

    Wonderful post. Great laughs, great ideas.
    Years ago in Phoenix, when Lindy Hop was so popular, there was a dance group that performed both as a team and as a great group of individual dancers. And we had a ball dancing in both appropriate and in appropriate places. While we enjoyed dancing for the basketball team, at first before the game and then at half time, we also were infamous for just breaking out dancing in diners, parking lots, airports (this was before TSA) mall stores, anywhere there was room for a swing out. So much fun. I truly do miss it.
    And you attend a wonderful thing – Lindy in the Park – a bunch of swing dancers who bring music to a park and dance there…so very cool.
    So very cool to just relax, have fun, and enjoy the wonderful people you meet in the dance community.


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