Learning how to do the Hustle and the Bus Stop in PE class is one of my fondest memories from middle school – and it wasn't just because we didn't have to wear those God-awful, clingy one-piece gym uniforms on line dance days. There's something about sharing the same dance moves that bonds every generation. From the Fox Trot to the Twist to the Locomotion to the Mashed Potato to the Time Warp to the Electric Slide to the Cabbage Patch to the Macarena to Soulja Boy.
To The Dougie.
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The fact that this dance craze is on my radar means, of course, that it is officially over. But when my 10-year-old and her friends started jumping around in the car recently to the song "Teach Me How To Dougie," by the Inglewood, Calif., group Cali Swag District, I figured I better find out what a Dougie was.
Remember Doug E. Fresh, the rapper from the '80s? This dance, which bubbled up first in Dallas, is named after him because the moves borrow from the way he dipped and leaned his shoulder in and out while running his hands over his head. And that basically is the dance. More of a freestyle, show-me-what-you-got kind of jerk and jive while the song repeats over and over, "Teach me how to Dougie, teach me, teach me how to Dougie."
When I showed my husband the video (10.9 million hits and growing on YouTube), he said it was the stupidest thing he had ever heard – until I reminded him that the lyrics to the Hustle were: "Do the hustle. Do the hustle. Do the hustle. Do it. Do the hustle."
Since the video for "Teach Me How to Dougie" went viral in May (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnPJmDc0b_M), everybody has been doin' it. Chris Brown, Justin Beiber, Kim Kardashian, New York Jets' Braylon Edwards, NBA superstar Kevin Durant, the casts of "Glee" and "Jersey Shore."
It's even turned into my best secret weapon. Whenever I get any flak from my kids about doing the dishes, getting the homework done or coming home from a friend's house, I give them the ultimate threat: "Do it now … or else mom will do the Dougie."