If there is one thing that got me through the past seven years, it’s viral YouTube videos of wedding-centric flashmobs and surprise dances. Do not get me started on Spencer’s Home Depot proposal or the one that should have been a Subaru ad but wasn’t, possibly because Subaru was concerned about whether or not “dancing Jews” might offend someone.
Of course, few videos in this vein took off quite like Fake Prince William and Kate Middleton’s leap-frog down the aisle.
Royals are hilarious. They always have been! Remember that time the Dowager Countess asked, “What is a weekend?”
(I mean, can I get an amen? Make that shit three days long on the reg then call me, government.)
Anyway, a video of Real Prince William dancing has gone viral again, this time without my girl Kate. Here it is, thanks TMZ:
Yeah, yeah, whatever, he’s letting loose. As a woman well-informed about William’s dance moves, this wasn’t a shocker. But it was — and it can be for you, too — a learning opportunity. Here’s how to dance like a prince.
Step 1: Focus.
There was both a lot and oddly, nothing, going on in this nightclub. I count about seven people total including Will, one of whom looks SO BORED (typical Club Face) and another who might still be in ski clothes (this is typical Switzerland, I think). But not once did Prince William lose focus. He kept his body and ears attuned to the music.
Step 2: Repetition.
Find a move that works — like the classic roof-raise — and stick with it. This isn’t an Olympic gymnastics routine; no one is looking for variety. In the words of Lady Gaga, just dance.
Step 3: Left-right, left-right.
It is very common to get tired on the dance floor, whether or not you’re out of shape. When this happens, shift your body weight from left to right over and over again. Some fitness trainers call this active recovery: It allows you to catch your breath and rest your arms but keep moving.
Step 4: Draw attention to the source of the music.
In this video, above, from the same evening, Prince William employs a genius technique that can be brought out anytime you’re feeling self-conscious, tired or don’t know the words to a song that everyone else has memorized verbatim. Simply point to the source of the music — the deejay, the MC, the artist, the speaker. Doing so allows you to participate in the track without having to be a show-off about it. You’re just like, “Yeah! I also appreciate this song and acknowledge the good time we are all having!”
Step 5: Engage with the crowd.
Prince William knows that the key to any successful performance — and dancing is a performance, no matter who’s bearing witness — is to engage with the audience. This is why so many people point at the mirror when they are dancing alone. Engaging with your audience gets the whole room amped. If this is easier said than done, try…
Encouraging your dance partner:
Mimicking someone much better at dancing than you:
Flirting a bit:
And of course, a classic way to interact — the politician’s favorite — is to talk to those around you.
“Great song, right?” “Is this fun or what?” “I love Ladysmith Black Mambazo!”
Gets ’em every time.
Follow the above steps and you’ll be a royal dancer before you know it, primed and ready to appear not just on dance floors worldwide, but in a viral wedding video near you.
Before you go, I have one last thing to share with you: someone complied a bunch of clips of Prince William dancing to “Teach Me How to Dougie” and the Obamas make a random cameo. It is worth it if you’re avoiding doing literally everything right now as a way to protest the as-of-yet-instated-despite-my-complaints three-day weekend.
Share your favorite dancing GIFs in the comments, too.
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