At a concert, Susanna tells the audience they are going to perform one more song. Debbi shakes the tambourine. Vicki sings the first verse at the microphone stand.
Against a white background. Vicki, Debbi, Susanna and Michael flatten their hands as they move to the left, dancing like the Egyptian carvings.
In New York City, a woman flattens her hands and turns head as she walks to her office building. A grandmother out with her daughter and grandchildren flatten their hands outside their apartment. A male executive walks out of his limousine, bobbing his head and flattening his arm. Movers by a van twist their arms. A photoshopped Princess Diana flattens her hand as Prince Charles addresses senators in Washington, D.C.
On stage, Michael sings her verse. The white background divides into four narrow rectangles across the screen. Susanna points to Michael and then Vicki.
Female servers carry their trays and bob their heads as they walk back inside to the kitchen. A female valet flattens her hand. Window washers move their arms as they clean. An 10-year-old boy skateboards on the sidewalk, his arm pointed straight ahead. Some firemen dance outside their station. A couple of women dance behind the deli counter.
Vick watches Debbi whistles into the microphone. Several rectangles form over Susanna. One rectangle, featuring the Bangles folding their hands and turning their heads from left to right, takes over the screen.
Two emergency medical technicians dance back into the hospital. A long-haired twentysomething carries his boombox, pointing his arm as he crosses the street. A sixtysomething woman moves her arms. People move their dogs’ paws. A photoshopped Statue of Liberty moves her arms.
The crowd cheers.
A trendy dance has taken off all over the world. People mimic the Egyptian carvings everywhere they go. The Bangles started off the phenomenon with one hit song. In New York City, people of various ages were the first to embrace it. Then, photographers captured groups of people in Los Angeles and Chicago dancing.
Newspapers began writing profiles of the people who gathered together to dance. Some wanted to be famous to be something while others were there for the experience. Lifelong friendships formed and couples fell in love as they joined the groups around the country.
Thirty years later, while waiting at stop signs or viewing a landmark, people will stiffen their hands and point, doing a dance they learned about television.
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Pam Avoledo’s love of pop culture began in 1999 with the message boards dedicated to shows on the CW (then WB). She graduated from Oakland University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
When she is not debating whether Dawson should’ve ended up with Joey, she looks at cute dog memes on social media.