From birth, people encourage you to “be yourself.” The advice runs on the assumption that, if you embrace your true identity, the right people in the world will appreciate you for it.
But, depending on the context, your dancer habits can sometimes be problematic. Problematic, and.. hilarious.
Our friends Chanelle Wang and Victoria Park, AKA “2 Azn Grlz” recently released a video where dancers play out these hilarious scenarios. If you’ve seen it already, watch it again! If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.
Situation 1: The “yas”
What it means: No, not “yes.” “yAs.” AKA “yAAAAs” or “yaSSSSSS.” You can place the emphasyas anywhere, it’ll have a similar effect. It’s funny how the most simple word in the English language, with just 1 simple vowel-exchange, has become the most universal dancer-affirmation of this generation. But one catch.. it’s almost always expressed LOUDly.
Watch out for: Churches, movie theaters, lectures.
Situation 2: The “werk”
What it means: Dancing is, indeed, work. But it’s only werk when, you’re feelin’ it- yourself, the piece, and the audience. If you really put your thing down, flip it and reverse it, it’ll be worth it. Just don’t tell someone who’s wOrking to werk. It’s offensive.
Watch out for: Offices, construction sites, libraries.
Situation 3: The “live”
What it means: “Live” is different from “werk” in that you can werk it in whatever way you want, but living comes with a certain full-outness. No one ever says “LIVE B*TCH I SEE YOU!!” when you’re marking a piece.
Watch out for: Funerals, hospitals, Day of the Dead celebrations.
Situation 4: The perpetual 8-count
What it means: What is the number 9, even? Well, odd. Anyway, dancers are trained to count up to 8, or an “and,” or a “e-and-uh,” and circle back to 1. It’s like we’re Brian McKnight with a higher capacity. But oftentimes, you’re required to count beyond 8. Ugh.
Watch out for: Tax season, math tests.
Situation 5: The “slay”
What it means: “Slay” is in the family of violent affirmations. You yourself could be “living” while “killing” or “murking” or, yes, “slaying” a piece. It’s not as confusing as you think- you = good, piece = your b*tch.
Watch out for: Meat markets..
Thank you to the 2azngrlz for making us laugh with this vid! We’ll be sure to watch out for the right times to “werk” 😉
Was there a time your inner dancer came out and ended up embarrassing you? Comment below and share with us!