FLEX DJs recount their first dance memories
Thursday July 9, 2015·
Dance goddess Amrita Hepi has been teaching aspiring booty shakers to dance like Beyonce, Janet Jackson and Rihanna - holding multiple sold-out dance workshops at Goodgod Small Club over the past year. She's finally decided to let her little dancelings into the real world and use their moves in public, putting on a new club night at Goodgod, the aptly titled FLEX.
Assembling Sydney's finest list of DJs associated with shaking butts on the dancefloor, FLEX takes over Goodgod this Saturday night for an evening of R&B, hip hop, dancehall and future club music. But before we hear that future, we've gotta get with their past: we asked each of the DJs what song they remember learning all the moves to when they were young.
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa & Pink - Lady Marmalade
We loved Lady Marmalade because it was super sexy and featured the hottest ladies at that time - Lil Kim, Mya and Christina! Who wouldn't love it?!
We learned the dance for a talent quest in grade 5 but unsurprisingly our teacher didn't let us perform it because it was “too provocative”. Maybe we'll bust it out one day!
Audrey Hepburn and Kay Thompson - On How to be Lovely
Fred Astaire was my first big crush. At age 8 I used to write 'Amrita Astaire' in sloppy running writing in my diary and dream about he and I dancing together at Avalon Community Centre. I wish the dance (and song) I'd first learnt the moves to was a tad cooler - (following this it was an obscene obsession with Daphne & Celeste's U.G.L.Y). I used to make my little sister Althea be the old bird and I'd be Audrey: I'd put towels on our heads and at the end of each time yell - “NOT GOOD ENOUGH ALTHEA, AGAIN!” (until she got jack of it and threw in the towel). I'd pretend Fred was watching us - and by us I mean me. I still love you Fred. Im sorry Althea. AH <3 FA 4 eva!
Mya - Case of the Ex
Early memories seem to conjure up renditions of Run DMC's It's Tricky and Technotronic's Pump Up The Jam with my older brother for my very patient parents, which mostly involved a lot of pouting and running man. But I'd have to say the choreography I recall actually trying and not just making up was Mya's Case of the Ex with my mums broomstick. RIP her “good” vases.
John Paul Young - Love is in the Air
So my first dance i remember, John Paul Young - Love is in the air. Strickly Ballroom was and still is one of my all time favorite movies!
I used to make my mum dance it with me, Or all my Teddy Ruxpin! I performed it for my family and all my GI Joes. WILD audience!
Christina Auguilera - Genie in a Bottle
Pretty sure I've repressed all memories of early dance routines due to being a massive tomboy and being forced into it (in hindsight thanks though Mum - you did good) but I vividly remember learning every word to Christina Aguilera 'Genie In A Bottle' - the Spanish version with my bestie Nevitta. A great skill that has taken me far in life.