Shall We Dance?

Jun 26, 2014
Originally published on June 27, 2014 11:53 am

Lace up your boogie shoes — in this game, we achieve the unachievable and dance on the radio. We give you step-by-step instructions to a popular dance, and you give us its name. It's electric!

Heard in Episode 320: We Might Be Giant Nerds

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

From NPR and WNYC live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, this ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, your host for this next hour a puzzles, word games and trivia.

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EISENBERG: We are so excited to be coming to you from the Howard Gilman Opera House - sounds very fancy. And yes, listeners, all of the nerds in our audience are wearing glasses. But they are opera glasses. And we thought for the big show why not get some public radio royalty and a five-piece band? Why not? So joining us are the hosts of Radiolab, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.

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EISENBERG: And playing throughout the show we have the band They Might Be Giants.

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EISENBERG: Now, please welcome the John Giovanni to my Carmen - our one-man house band, Mr. Jonathan Coulton.

JONATHAN COULTON: Hello, everybody.

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EISENBERG: Our first game is called Shall We Dance? And here to play with us we have Adam Steinberg and Lucy Ruth Cummins.

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EISENBERG: Adam, when you're dancing, what song gets you out of your chair? Every time it would have to Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real"

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah. Good choice. Lucy?

LUCY RUTH CUMMINS: "Slave" by Britney Spears.

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EISENBERG: You guys are like polar opposites of each other in so many ways. So in this game we are going to describe the steps of a popular dance. And all you have to do is tell me what that dance is. For an example, let's welcome the man who helps us play by the rules - our puzzle guru, Art Chung.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophelia.

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CHUNG: So here's one set of directions. Stick your left foot forward, now stick it behind you. Stick your left foot forward again, move it vigorously. Rotate 360 degrees. And that's what it's all about. That would be how you do the Hokey Pokey.

EISENBERG: They're nodding. And we have to point out that you may have learned some of these dances with slightly different steps. There are tons of variations out there, so please, we know that. No furious tweets.

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EISENBERG: So ring in when you know the answer and the winner will move on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. And if you get stuck, don't worry. There's going to be some sound clues to help you.

Hold your hands over your head. Pinch your fingers together four times. Place your hands in your armpits and wave your elbows back and forth.

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EISENBERG: Shake your booty as you slowly squat. Clap four times.

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EISENBERG: Lucy.

CUMMINS: Is that the Chicken Dance?

EISENBERG: It is the Chicken Dance.

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COULTON: All right. Stick your left hand palm down in front of you, then your right hand palm down in front of you. Turn your hands palm up one at a time. Put your left hand on your right shoulder, then your right hand on your left shoulder. Put your left hand behind your head, then your right hand behind your head. There is more. It's pretty long. It sounds like this.

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COULTON: Lucy.

CUMMINS: It's the Macarena?

COULTON: It sure is.

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EISENBERG: From the best of cruise ship classics.

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EISENBERG: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Stick one foot out, toe touching the ground. Swivel your head from side to side. Move your arms as if you were drying your butt with a towel.

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EISENBERG: Lucy.

CUMMINS: That would be the Twist.

EISENBERG: That would be the Twist.

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COULTON: Shuffle to the left. Shuffle to the right. Step back. Turn left. Hop. Repeat.

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COULTON: Lucy.

CUMMINS: That would be the Electric Slide.

COULTON: Yeah.

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COULTON: Lucy has been to a lot of weddings.

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EISENBERG: This is your last question. Cross your arms at the wrists making an X shape. Gallop.

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EISENBERG: Extend your right arm behind you. Pretend like you're swinging a lasso while continuing to gallop.

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EISENBERG: Adam.

ADAM STEINBERG: I know this is wrong, but it sounds to me like the Traveling Pony.

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COULTON: I've never heard of that.

EISENBERG: What is the Traveling Pony?

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STEINBERG: I believe you could see great examples of it in the video for the old classic "These Boots Are Made For Walking."

EISENBERG: I feel like you are making things up.

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EISENBERG: But I'll go to my puzzle guru.

CHUNG: I don't think we can take that. Let's go to Lucy.

CUMMINS: I believe that's "Gangnam Style" by Psy?

EISENBERG: That's what we were going for. That is what we were going for.

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EISENBERG: All right. Art Chung, puzzle guru, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: Well, one did better than the other. Lucy, you are our winner.

EISENBERG: Congratulations. Lucy...

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EISENBERG: We will see you at our Ask Me One More final round of the show. Thank you so much to Adam. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.