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Presidential Candidate to DWTS: Rick Perry

Former Texas governor to join Amber Rose, Vanilla Ice, Ryan Lochte on 'DWTS'

(Newser) - Rick Perry will join the next season of Dancing With the Stars, joining Ryan Lochte (probably not doing the Brazilian bossa nova), Amber Rose (doing dance moves that epitomize whatever she's famous for doing), and other celebrities for the ABC show's 23rd season, ABC News reports. Perry, who... More »

Teen to Celebrate 'Last Dance' Before Ending Her Life

Jerika Bolen is going to prom before putting an end to the pain from her incurable illness

(Newser) - Jerika Bolen wakes up every morning with another day ahead of her hooked up to a ventilator and wracked by terrible pain, caused by an incurable illness that usually kills its sufferers when they're in their teens. But the purple-haired 14-year-old from Appleton, Wis., has decided to wrest control... More »

Cops Give New Meaning to Elevator Music

Now do the stanky leg

(Newser) - Retiring El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Scherb has a reputation for "being highly professional," according to a post on the department's Facebook page. So just ignore the video of him in a bright orange button-down bustin' a move to Silento’s "Watch Me (Whip/Nae... More »

School Cancels Dance Over 'Unsafe' Dirty Dancing

'It's over the top, sexual,' says a district spokesperson

(Newser) - Administrators at a Portland, Oregon, high school have canceled an upcoming winter dance because of concerns about dirty dancing. A Portland Public Schools official says dancing has made some students at Cleveland High School feel unsafe. "This is way worse than dirty dancing. It's over the top, sexual... More »

Another Cop Encounters Defiant Teen, and Brilliance Ensues

'Who knew community policing could involve the Nae Nae?'

(Newser) - If all conflicts could be solved through dance-offs, the world would be much less violent (and Channing Tatum would probably be president, or something). Thankfully it's a world we're one step closer to after a Washington, DC, police officer and Iraq War veteran was caught on camera defusing... More »

Maine Principal Cancels Dances, Blames 'MTV/VHS'

This principal says grinding and twerking go too far

(Newser) - A Maine high school is doing away with all dances except the "classier" prom this year, the principal announced in an open letter to parents, and "modern dance culture" lies at the heart of the move. Dating himself considerably (or perhaps forgetting how VH1 is spelled), Gorham High... 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 »

Dancers Groove to Protest Wash. State's Dance Tax

Washington state has had tax law since 1960s

(Newser) - How to fight a dance tax? Dance, of course. That's what dozens did in Washington state yesterday to protest a decades-old state tax on dance venues, the AP reports. Lawmakers are considering a repeal of the tax, and protesters on the steps of the state Capitol danced everything from... More »

FAA Not Delighted by Mid-Air 'Harlem Shake'

They may be the only ones

(Newser) - Federal investigators are casting a less-than-approving eye at a frankly spectacular mid-air rendition of the "Harlem Shake" meme. The video, recorded by the Colorado College Ultimate Frisbee Team, begins with a man in a helmet dancing alone in the aisle of a passenger jet, and ends with an aisle... More »

'Horse-Riding' Dance-Off Sparks Gang Shootout

Thai gang members start fight by dancing

(Newser) - While South Korean pop star Psy shows the world his new "horse-riding" dance, Thai teens used it in a West Side Story-style standoff that escalated into a gunfight, the Guardian reports. Members of two gangs were eating at the same restaurant in Bangkok when younger gang-bangers began dancing Gangnam-style... More »

Usher Wants You to Be His Back-up Dancer ... Sort Of

Choreograph your own avatar for London concert

(Newser) - Usher is playing a big show in London next week, and he wants you to join him onstage. Kind of. Concert sponsor American Express has set up a website where anyone can choreograph a dance sequence using an avatar. Submit the sequence, and it could be chosen for display during... 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 »

Model Knocked Out Cold on TV Dance Show

Hits head performing complex move

(Newser) - Dancing on a reality TV show, an Argentine model attempted a flip over her partner’s back, landed on her face, and was knocked out, Cleo reports. Rocio Guirao Diaz was performing on a show that pairs celebrities with unknowns looking to “dance for a dream.” She was... More »

Check Out Spider Nureyev

Silken moves intended to impress a lady

(Newser) - Move over, Black Swan. The best dancing films feature a tiny creature that could get smooshed on the bottom of Natalie Portman's ballet slipper. But the jumping spider cuts astoundingly impressive moves when a male is determined to impress a mate. NPR calls the ritual a "magnificent demonstration... More »

Medvedev Cuts a Move to 'American Boy'

Get down, Dmitry

(Newser) - Look out, Michael Jackson. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev cut some moves to ... wait for it ... "American Boy" at a party, and his, er, performance has drawn thousands of gawkers to the YouTube vid of his public dance debut, reports RIA Novosti . Medvedev swirls, steps, and grinds to the lyrics... More »

Black Swan Inspires Pro-Anorexia Sites

Natalie Portman blasts pressure on dancers to be thin

(Newser) - While the ballerina movie Black Swan is winning rave reviews for actress Natalie Portman it's also providing deadly inspiration for dangerous "pro-anorexia" web sites. The film underscores the grueling life of a ballerina, complete with bitter rivalries, bone-crunching pain, anorexia and bulimia, causing one blogger to call it "... More »

'Dougie' Is This Year's Sports Dance of Choice

Even if the NFL isn't a fan

(Newser) - It takes awhile for these things to become official, but the Wall Street Journal says it looks like this is the "Year of the Dougie" in sports. For the uninitiated, the dance involves some limb flailing and, crucially, running fingers through the hair. It's been a staple on college... More »

First Lady Busts a Move in India

Michelle Obama visits a charity and joins the fun

(Newser) - Her husband had to sit in stuffy trade meetings , but first lady Michelle Obama got to kick off her shoes and join kids in India in a spirited dance, reports AFP . She visited the University of Mumbai today to visit a charity that helps underprivileged kids and spoke to them... More »

Village People: We're Not Changing YMCA

Even though the YMCA is now just the 'Y'

(Newser) - Fans of dorky dances, rejoice: The Village People aren't changing their famous song, even though the actual YMCA doesn't exist anymore. (The organization is shortening its name to the "Y.") Lead singer Victor Willis says the song and, more important, the dance will continue with all four... 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 »

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