Mid-Monday pick-me-up

Do you guys know how to Dougie? Do you want to learn? Well, first thing’s first: don’t watch this video for instruction. Watch it purely for entertainment value.

I stumbled upon this video the other day in hopes of actually figuring out what the Dougie really is. (Everybody, I’m white and I dance white. There’s no way around it. But thanks to my new-found love of Zumba, I’m finding some rhythm)

Anyway, the guys from the Cali Swag District made a video to “teach” the world how to Dougie. It’s so awkward it’s hard not to watch repeatedly. First, one dude is holding a microphone. Holding it! I’m sorry, but when I play my Darren’s Dance Grooves dvd, Darren is NEVER holding a microphone. Rookie mistake.

Step 1: “Leanin’ Side-to-Side”

Simple enough, right? Sure. So far, the guys from the District are pretty much on the same page. But notice the graphics and how the quick “HEY!” after lean 3 seems to mock them. I love it.

Step 2: “Put Your Arms Into It”

The instruction for this step? “Then you gotta put your arms into it. So, put your arms up and let’s go.” Ok, but how far do I put my arms up? Over my head? Do I leave them there and do they move at all? Good thing I can see, because their words don’t help me at all. Also, start watching the guy on the right. I’m not sure if he’s really a member of the Cali Swag District or if they just wanted a fourth person for the video, but he’s hilarious and seems to have no clue what’s happening. The question mark graphics are the icing on the cake.

Step 3: “Add Some Dougie Fresh”

The reason this dance got it’s name! We’ve made it to the park where you slick your hair back whilsT leaning side to side. This is totally a dance I want to do up in the club. (See? I’m white.) And just look at the dude on the right! He’s amazing. He doesn’t even try adding some Dougie Fresh. I think it would throw him off balance. He’s just so lost.

Step 4: “Legs + Arms + Dougie”

This really isn’t another step, they’re just showing us again how all three steps are supposed to look when performed together. But the guy on the right, once again, is the star of the show. Just when I think I’ve seen it all he makes a move for the microphone and when I’m hoping something glorious will come out of his mouth, he just hands it over to the boss. Then we move on to a guy named Hambone (?) who shows us some more “advanced” moves. Thanks, Hambone.

Anyway, I know there’s another minute or so left of this video after they finish with their instruction, but I can’t bring myself to watch it. I just want to see them dance.

Did this step-by-step breakdown help you? Did you find it as awkwardly funny as I did? And will you close your office door and try to perfect the Dougie during your lunch break?


Molly Gentry is from Nashville, TN and has had a love of pop culture (mainly boy bands and Britney Spears) since her middle school days.  A lover of anything Jimmy Fallon or Tina Fey related and a nap enthusiast, you can find her on Twitter and FacebookRead more posts from Molly.

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