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Japan Lifts Dancing Ban

It's been illegal in clubs after midnight for decades

(Newser) - Starting next year, clubgoers in Japan will be able to keep dancing after the clock strikes midnight without fear of arrest. That's because a strange old law is finally coming off the books—one that forbids dancing in clubs and most public venues after midnight, reports CNN . It dates... More »

UK Ballroom Dance Council Moves to Ban Gay Couples

Current leaders would be unable to defend title

(Newser) - The UK's top ballroom dance authority is planning a big backward sashay when it comes to gay rights. The British Dance Council is considering a proposal that would ban same-sex couples from mainstream competitions, instead creating same-sex-only categories, the Guardian reports. The move would prevent the current leaders in... More »

Study: Women Like Men Who Dance Like This

Researchers offer guide for guys

(Newser) - In what is certain to be the year's most important study, researchers in Europe are instructing men on the best dance moves to win over women. The key seems to be moving one's head, neck, and torso a lot. In order to figure this out, researchers had to... More »

Meet the de Blasios' 'Expressive' Hair

And their dance, the 'Smackdown'

(Newser) - If you followed the New York mayoral race, you probably noticed that the city's incoming first family is follicly diverse and they're not exactly putting a lid on it for political appearances, write Krissah Thompson and Lonnae O’Neal Parker in the Washington Post . Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio'... More »

Man Shot in Fight About 18th-Century Philosopher

Plus: more weird Russian attacks

(Newser) - A spate of odd news today concerning attacks in Russia: one on a dance floor, three in a cemetery, and another over a philosopher.
  • Two 20-something men in line for beers at a festival in southern Russia, got in a heated dispute about 18th-century philosopher Immanuel Kant. The feud "
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Good Friday Dancing Ban Has Germany in a Twist

But some Germans say one-day ban small price for tradition

(Newser) - No, the "Tanzverbot" isn't the latest German dance craze. It's quite the opposite: the decades-old law that bans all organized dancing in Germany on Good Friday and other religious holidays. And with church attendance falling around Germany, its citizens are increasingly calling for the ban to be... More »

Strip Club to Taxman: Nude Dancing Is Art

Lap dances should be tax-free, NY club argues

(Newser) - Nude dancing is an art and should be tax-free, just like ballet performances, according to a strip club in upstate New York. Lawyers for Albany's Nite Moves will appear before the state's highest court today to argue that it doesn't need to pay sales tax on admission... More »

Hillary Clinton Busts a Move in South Africa

And everyone goes wild because it's ... Hillary ... dancing

(Newser) - She wears cool shades , she texts like a badass , and she continues to boogie down . A video of the secretary of state hitting the dance floor in Johannesburg, South Africa, last night seems to be the standout clip of the day. Buzzfeed touts the fact that she "got low.... More »

'Charmingly Geeky' Dancing Matt Is Back

Harding even makes it to North Korea in latest viral video

(Newser) - Matt Harding has been dancing all over the world three times for his viral videos " Where the Hell Is Matt? " And now Harding is back with a fourth video, as "charmingly geeky" as ever and with more "heartwarming adorableness," notes Kim LiCapria on Inquisitr... More »

Florida Town Bans Dance Clubs, Skating Rinks

They draw 'unlawful and/or undesirable activities,' city manager explains

(Newser) - Somebody get Ren McCormack on the phone. The town of Weston, Fla., has passed an ordinance that specifically bans nightclubs, dance halls, and skating rinks, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. None of those establishments has ever existed in the suburban town, and the mayor says they want to keep it... More »

Barred in Boston: Mosh Pits

Rockers unhappy over police crackdown

(Newser) - Boston cops have had it with mosh pits. Slam dancing at a Flogging Molly concert last month, which featured fans "colliding into each other" with some "knocked to the ground," earned the House of Blues a police citation, the Herald reports. "Dancing is a First Amendment... More »

'Grinding' Ban Kills Vermont School Dance

Principal thinks it's too vulgar

(Newser) - Students of South Burlington High School have spoken—and if they can't grind, they don't wanna dance at all. After administrators banned "grinding"—a form of dancing that's ... actually kind of self-explanatory—nobody wanted to go to the Winter Ball, and it's now been called off, the Burlington ... More »

Scientists Uncover ... Sexiest Dance Moves

Hint: You don't want to engage in 'dad dancing'

(Newser) - Finally, scientists have answered the question that is surely foremost on your mind: What makes a person a good dancer? A new study to be published in a UK journal finds that women like men who know how to move their "core body region," a lead psychologist says.... More »

This Is the Latest Dance Craze?

Surra de Bunda is definitely, definitely NSFW

(Newser) - Mourning the death of the Macarena? Perhaps it’s time for you to learn the latest dance craze sweeping Brazil: Surra de Bunda or, according to Google Translate , “ass licking.” Gawker explains that the move, featured in dozens of NSFW YouTube videos, involves “hooking your feet over... More »

Breakdancing Teen in Felony Bust for Scratching Floor

Cops say diamond belt buckle caused $3K in damage

(Newser) - Police in suburban Buffalo made what's probably their first-ever breakdancing felony arrest after a teen ruined a home's hardwood floors while busting moves at a house party. The local sheriff says the intoxicated 18-year-old scratched the floors with his diamond belt buckle and caused some $3,000 in damage, the... More »

To Halt Grinding, Schools Turn to... Burt Bacharach

Kids warned to dance like grandma's watchin'

(Newser) - With some schools having kids sign no-grinding dance contracts and others threatening to turn up the lights and play Burt Bacharach, the crackdown on grinding at school dances is getting more creative. Schools and parents fed up with teens' overtly sexual dance moves are turning to unconventional methods to stop... More »

Watch Rush Limbaugh Dance

The talk show host boogies to Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face'

(Newser) - The man is no conservative on the dance floor. In this video, Rush Limbaugh boogies to Lady Gaga's Poker Face "while doing the Jersey Shore fist pump," notes TMZ . "Yes, it's as awesome as it sounds." Limbaugh is a celebrity judge in some sort of competition... More »

Square-Dancing Steps Into Rock, Hip-Hop

New music irks veterans, but new blood is crucial

(Newser) - That tattered bastion of Americana, square-dancing, has fallen on hard times, but intrepid youngsters and older dancers eager to court them have turned to non-traditional music and methods to keep the practice alive. In Portland, Ore., a 20-something caller gathers friends in warehouses to do-si-do to punk rock. “It... More »

Shakira Imitator Can't Sue Bar

Shake it and break it? You're on your own, court rules

(Newser) - A woman who says she shredded knee ligaments when she fell during a “Shake it Like Shakira” contest can't sue the New York bar that staged the competition. Calico Jack’s Cantina is off the hook after Megan Zacher's lawyer failed to convince a judge the bar “knew... More »

Britney Fans Ejected for Sexy Dancing

Fans ejected as she gyrates on stage

(Newser) - Apparently only Britney Spears is allowed to get down and dirty at her concerts. A few fans were ejected from Madison Square Garden for dancing “too provocatively” at Tuesday's show, one of them tells the New York Post. “Meanwhile, Britney is onstage gyrating half-naked and singing ‘Get... More »

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