Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dancing shoes for everyone please!

Last year, much against our wishes, we bought H a Play Station (after daring him to an almost impossibly consistent score in his spelling tests which he went to achieve, to our complete shock).

With strict rules in place - that he'd play only on weekends and only within specified time slots and not at the cost of outdoor play or studies - we left him to it. However we still weren't too happy with the games he played. He enjoyed some WWE kind of fight moves, which he proceeded to try out on N.


A friend

Then H found a new friend, A, with an X Box and a passion for dancing and he got hooked. They'd spend hours together before his XBox copying the moves.



During Christmas...

..holidays we had a family get together. With the oldest cousin at 15 years and the twins at 8, they found they had little in common. There were days when we stumbled upon them all sitting together busy with tabs, computers, iPods and the television with zero interaction among themselves. 

The sight was depressing to say the least. 

Come New Years Eve we decided to have a 'talent show'. And H showcased his dancing skills. He's quite bad actually, but hours of practice, simple steps and groovy music made the difference and before we knew it all the kids had joined in one by one and were dancing together.

And then they were dancing

Since then the PS3 has been put to such good use. What's more, you don't even need a PS3 or an XBox. Our oldest one, the family techie, hooked up the laptop to the television, tuned into YouTube and the kids had a wealth of dance videos to follow. It was such happiness to watch them - the good and the bad, the shy and the uncoordinated ... all together. Once H's glasses went flying off but he didn't pause to pick them up continuing to squint at the screen yet dancing away. What a sight it was!


We were pretty happy because...
The kids were all having fun in a good, healthy way.
They kept busy.
They had some great exercise.
They kept away from tabs and laptops.
And they bonded.. Wonderfully.

If you're fed up of your children playing mindless games on the PS3 or the XBox try getting them a dance CD. Or simply switch on to Youtube.

What's more you can join in too, even if you have two left feet. If an uncoordinated 8 year old can do it, well so can you. And if you're still feeling self-conscious check out their video - No, don't watch it, just listen to the music and the laughs.


video

You can check out the original video they are trying to copy.

24 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the video. It's fun. Way better than playing video games.

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    1. Absolutely Saru, that was the point.

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  2. Awesome Tulika..I can imagine the fun they would have had dancing together.. I had many such times with my favorite cousins, I loved it!

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  3. Haha! Very true. I have two left feet. But wife and toddler son love to dance. So very often in the evenings all of us end up doing zumba dance steps on the Xbox. While I pretend to know what I'm doing, usually I'm just doing my own dance :P The fun is making a family activity out of it :)

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    1. Oooh Zumba is the coolest. Oh and we can forget to count the left feet for once.

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  4. That is awesome! Sounds like a lot of fun going on at your house. ♥

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    1. Ha ha yeah Kathy. We love it when the family gets together.

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  5. It's amazing what technology can do if you know how ...and look what happened as a result! How wonderful for the kids! Dancing is such a fun and healthy activities in more ways than one. :) <3

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  6. I admire the way you turned technology into a non-threat :D So lovely to see kids dancing and enjoying themselves.

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    1. I didn't I didn't. Sometimes good things just have a way of happening.

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    2. I didn't I didn't. Sometimes good things just have a way of happening.

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  7. Ha ha ha! They are having such fun! Wish to join in :-)

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    1. First you get walking then we'll do the dancing bit.

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    2. First you get walking then we'll do the dancing bit.

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  8. awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeee and thats how to do it ...

    although i dare not try myself even my left foot has TWO left feet :)

    Bikram's

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    1. What???? And you a true blue Punjabi Puttar? Come now don't tell me you can't do a bhangra.

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    2. What???? And you a true blue Punjabi Puttar? Come now don't tell me you can't do a bhangra.

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  9. Super. You seemed to have had a fun Christmas break. Who says people with two left feet can't enjoy dancing? I do. ;)

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    1. Yeah, that's a lesson I learnt too late in life.

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  10. What a great idea! ☺ We all spend far too much time with our electronic gadgets - children especially.

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    1. Absolutely Debbie. Getting physical exercise isn't easy with the lure of gadgets.

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    2. Absolutely Debbie. Getting physical exercise isn't easy with the lure of gadgets.

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