David Archuleta ~ Something in the Way He Moves
Posted by Angelica on Saturday, September 22, 2012
You may think I’m crazy to make an entire post inspired by a tiny gif of David doing the Dougie. Unless you know that, though I LOVED his voice, my “what just happened?” moment came not with “Imagine” or “Shop Around” or “Heaven” but with this right here.
This was my Waterloo. The thing that sealed my fate and began my four year odyssey into ODD. I don’t know why. I never even questioned it. It just was. I mean, what the heck is he doing? LOLOL!!! But I knew the laugh was on me and from that moment on, I was his fool and a fan for life. As for the much later Dougie, it was obvious from the complete video that he had never done that particular dance before. But he picked it up in minutes. Not just picked it up but, well…more on that later. Suffice to say, it gives credence to a theory I have long held: that some day, David will dance. Really dance on stage. Not just for a brief fa la la or a few seconds, causing screams to erupt and then bashfully stopping. But really let loose and have fun with it. The reasons I think this are as follows:
1. His mother is a professional dancer.
2. He has been raised and taught to dance with his mom and other relatives all his life.
3. He was the only male contestant on idol who even attempted to dance in group numbers.
4. It has been reported that an uncle and other of David’s relatives have told some fans that, when it comes to dancing, “David is holding back…way, way back.”
5. He has natural rhythm and grace that often result in sublime moves that I think are completely unconscious. I submit for your approval exhibit A: Wichita Pink Ribbon Performance, “Works for Me” aka “Mr. Confidence.” Note the transformation.
And exhibit B: Grand Rapid “Barriers” aka “Spicy Nacho.” He ain’t even trying folks.
6. He has stated more than once his admiration for Michael Jackson, for the passion he brought to his performance, whose dance skills are legend.
7. He is Latino and has a heritage and culture of dance that is in his blood, heart and soul.
8. In a 2012 interview, he admitted there are some songs that he just can not sit still through. Taio Cruz’s Dynamite is one.
I have always been fascinated by the way some dancers, Betty Grable for one, MJ for another, have a gift for the art that makes it seem so effortless. No movement is wasted or unnecessary.
Ending where I first began, here is the gif of David dancing the Dougie. I watched it one day and was mesmerized. I still find it hard to look away. What is it about the way he moves that is so engrossing? Even in an amateur video that shows him just learning how to do the dance for the first time, there is in it something so compelling, so entrancing, that it calls for, no…demands your attention. Try to look away in less than a minute. I dare ya.
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