5 o'clock dance hour
{Everybody Dance Now}

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

As a nanny, the 5 o'clock dance hour is something I strongly enforce. People with little children, or those who care for them, know this is a tough hour. They call it the witching hour because children tend to be a little stir-crazy at this time and can drive you, well, straight up b-a-n-a-n-a-s.

So, I came up with the dance hour. (Typically the children have no pants on at this time. Is that weird? Re-reading it, yes, I think maybe it is weird. Let me explain. We're typically just post-nap and the jeans haven't been put back on quite yet, but yes - there are diapers and/or undies on, thank you very much.) Tonight, I was watching all three of my nephews and I decided to put on a little dance for them. (Hmmm... this post just gets weirder and weirder.)

You see, I told my boyfriend, Jenner, a few months ago that my dance class performed a dance to C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat" in the 8th grade and I was, ahem, placed front and center. It's one of my little claims to fame, especially considering my wobbly ankles and all around lack of balance. (I also do a mean number to Prince's "Batdance.") Anyway, my boyfriend has asked me to show him this dance on multiple occasions and I keep stalling. "I need to practice a little more first, mister." Well, over the weekend, my lovely friend Tesia reminded me of the night in Namibia that I very drunkenly performed this for everyone. In her words, "You owned it that night." (Thank you, Tesia. I love you.) You know what? She's right. Take a look for yourself...

Here is a little picture of me performing that night - almost 10 years ago.

I should add that we had just finished two weeks
of a rural African homestay. It was amazing and life changing...
and, it would seem, called for C+C Music Factory. Odd, but true.

The memory made me realize this dance needs to be resurrected. So, I downloaded the song from iTunes and have been practicing. Well, I practiced twice... in front of my nephews. (I should add that I can only remember about 20 seconds of the dance. So, combined, I've practiced for 40 seconds now.) Tonight, during our evening dance hour, I said, "Everyone who wants to see Auntie dance, sit down." The two older boys sat in excited anticipation and the toddler stared at me blankly. Let me tell you, and let me tell Tesia, I owned it. I think the boys are still giggling. They then went through the house screaming different variations of "Everybody Dance Now." (Flynn, who is going through a booty phase, decided to scream, "Everybody Bum Bum.")

Then we changed the music to a household favorite, Madonna, and just got down. Here are a few pics. I hope they inspire you to start your own nightly dance hour. (Oh, and Jenner, I'll be there in 8 days and I'll have my dancing shoes on. Get ready.)




Max showing off his moves and Flynn shaking his booty.


Warning: Dance Hour can be exhausting.

PS) Tomorrow is my last day as the nanny to my nephews. I have mixed emotions about this and, I'm sure, will be holding back the tears. Not every aunt has the opportunity to have such a hand in raising their nieces and nephews. It has been a great ride and an amazing privilege.

22 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh...just when I think I couldn't love you any more than I already do!

    5 o'clock dance hour sounds amazing. You definitely look like you can get DOWN, girl. I'm going to need to see this live in Vegas, you little showgirl! I'm going to have to watch the video and start practicing so I can do it with you at Coyote Ugly. ha.

    The love you have for your nephews melts my heart. Tomorrow will be a beautiful, meaningful day.

    You are incredible and I love you. XOXO, Liz

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  2. Oh, Liz, I love you! Just so you know, I choreographed a dance of my own to Pat Benatar's "Invinvible." I'll show you when we meet... I can't wait! Xoxo!

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  3. Love it! Dancing makes my soul happy :)

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  4. What a fab idea. The dude does love it when I dance around with him and he does turn into a gremlin at 5:00. Trying it out tonight!

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  5. omg...that may just be the best idea ever....is there a nobel prize for investions in babysitting?!!!!!

    xoxo

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  6. I fully support dance hours. Rock on.

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  7. We used to have dance hour almost nightly when I lived in the parkland palace in college. We mostly danced to ODB and Ludakris; a great stress reliever! I am so jealous that your nephews have seen the dance. Of course you owned it.
    and p.s. Not wearing pants at 5:00 p.m. sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

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  8. 5 o'clock dance is the best idea ever!!! I'm using that on my god-children this weekend!!

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  9. wht a great way to entertain the kids...You must be a great nanny for your nephews! I'll think about it when I'll look afetr mine.
    Have a nice day
    xoxo
    aline

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  10. too cute! what a fantastic idea. oh man, the family i nanny for once a week is moving to europe in a month and i know im going to miss them so much--i feel ya.

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  11. just found your blog. so cute! will be trying dance hour today. wish me luck!

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  12. hahahaa! dance hour is SUCH a great idea. you're like the world's best aunt/nanny. will you be MY aunt???

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  13. I wish I had a nanny who instituted dance hour!!

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  14. Hahah, I love this! I used to be a camp counselor and one of my favourite activities to do with my kids was to have a dance party. They LOVED it.

    Almost as much as I did.

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  15. You are awesome. I think I need to instigate a 5 p.m. dance party for Moira in the future. Right now 5 p.m. is a little too close to bed time for my little one but once she is physically able to stay awake until 7 I think we are going to need it. Plus the Mister and I like to have random dance party moments but she pretty much stares at us.

    I think the fact that you have been a nanny to your nephews is wonderful. I lived with my sister and her sons for a year and it was QUITE the year.

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  16. sounds like a great night! I love dancing, it makes me so happy

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