Let’s Dance

Prompt: In my earliest memories of dancing, I’m under my auntie Nancy’s dining room table, (which had been pushed off to the side of the room), watching my mom, dad, aunties, and uncles all dancing on the hardwood floor to a never-ending stack of 45 records, dropping one after the other. I remember foot-high stacks of 45s all around the record player. The song that I remember playing most? Twistin’ the Night Away by Sam Cooke. Every time I hear that song, I remember auntie’s spontaneous dance parties. What are your earliest and fondest memories of dance?

Ooooh, this one is too easy.


Picture it. My father’s living room. 2000.

Last year’s Carnival plays on the TV with Soca music blasting. I’m in one corner of the room, Trinidadian flag in hand, waiting for my cue to choreography my father only knows after seeing me do it countless times. My cue comes and I immediately fall in step. The song? Dust Dem by Kurt Allen.

To this day, Dust Dem is still one of my favorite Soca songs and will actually play during my Father-Daughter dance. Will my original choreography get a revival..? I can neither confirm nor deny.

artist: @artoshtu

By Heart

Prompt: You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?

Hands down it would be “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Disney’s Encanto. Why? Because I’ve watched Encanto three times this month, the song is in my playlist, and whenever it comes up I let it play all the way through- no exceptions.

Do I try to sing all the parts? Damn straight.

SIDE NOTE: My favorite part is a tie between Pepa and Félix’s verse or Dolores’ verse.

My second choice would be “Stand Out” from Disney’s A Goofy Movie. I love this song so much I bought it from the iTunes store back when it wasn’t available on Spotify. That’s my level of commitment.

Could there possibly be a theme with my answers…maybe…but…

All I need is half a chance
A second thought
A second glance to prove
I got whatever it takes
It’s a piece of cake

artist: @artoshtu