Ginny & Georgia on Netflix is not a perfect show, as the internet (and Taylor Swift) have pointed out since its release last week. But there is one scene that has stuck with me, that gives me hope for the future and gives me a reason to dance at home.
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In Episode 3, “Next Level Rich People Sh*t,” the teens head to their Sophomore Sleepover, which is basically an overnight dance party in the school gym, that comes with the only goal (at least for the chaperones) that everyone makes it out unharmed. Physically, that is a success, but emotionally….well, there wouldn’t be seven episodes left in the season if everything went well, now would there?
However, the moment I loved the most is when the teens gather on the dance floor to do the “Cupid Shuffle“. The song, released in 2007 by, who else, Cupid, was just the next in a wave of popular group dances: there was the “Electric Slide,” the “Macarena,” the “Cha Cha Slide”. I would be surprised if Gen Z knows any of those songs, let alone the dances to them, even if some are spelled out awfully clearly in the lyrics. But I was also surprised Gen Z knew this song.
Now, in the show, they’re very chill about the whole thing. The moves aren’t precise, but everyone is on the floor having a great time. To be totally honest, the song could’ve been added in after they shot the scene and it was cleared for use, and the millennials on set could’ve done a lot of explaining to the younger actors about the song. Though it doesn’t seem that they are participating in an ironic way, and even if they are, they’re still participating. The point is, a group of teens are on the dance floor, doing coordinated dancing, together, and not worrying if they look silly. In a world of TikToks, would group dances stand a chance? Now, TikToks are a way for people to all know the same choreography, and to display their dance moves together…but apart. It’s rarely more than a handful of people in a TikTok, and often solo. You…could put a video of yourself doing the “Cupid Shuffle” on TikTok, of course, but it’s designed (and way more fun) to do as a group. And a diverse group, at that.
In fact, after I watched this scene, I played the song and did the dance all by myself (a few times!). Who knew how fun it could be without wearing heels at a wedding, but barefoot at home? I was missing the packed dance floor though. Group dances are all about the group. They are the great equalizer of life. It doesn’t matter what clique you’re in or how old you are or how well you can dance. If you’ve got a smile on your face and a willingness to show up, then you’re doing it right. It made me proud that the teens on this show, and hopefully throughout the world, had exactly that. And I hope that once it’s safe again, we do a whole lot more group dances together. I know I’m very ready to.
We can debate where we’re supposed to part our hair or how tight our jeans should be or what cry face emoji is the coolest, but the ultimate link between generations can still be dancing. Down, down, do your dance.