The 8 Best Angry Solo Dances of the Last 30 Years

Angry Solo Dances

“You’re an angry dancer. I’m the same way.” Fred Astaire reportedly said those words to Michael Jackson in 1983 after he premiered his signature move, the moonwalk, at Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. Dancing has long been used to convey emotion in television and film—love, sadness, that feeling when the dry cleaner gets the mustard out—but in the early ‘80s we were treated to a new kind of dance, the Angry Solo Dance. Spotting an ASD is easy enough. Watch for the intensity and speed of Michael Jackson mixed with the lyrical movements and technical skill of Fred Astaire. Throw in a dash of father-based angst and you’ve got a scene that gets to the bottom of a character’s true feelings, without all that boring soliloquizing.

Here now are the best Angry Solo Dances of the past 30 years.

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Friday Link Roundup – Prince Edition


This week we lost a true legend. On April 21st, Prince passed away in his Paisley Park recording studio, which was also his home in Minnesota. Naturally, the Internet responded with the sort of attention that could only be commanded by the Purple One. The first two bullets are youtube links so be sure to […]

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Battle Royale: Into the Woods

PBS v. Disney, Peters v. Streep, Gleason v. Blunt. We’ve all been clamouring for it. Which performance of Into the Woods songs is the best? I’m comparing the PBS American Playhouse version, which included most of the original Broadway cast and aired on PBS in 1991, with the 2014 film adaptation. The PBS version is […]

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Ep. 2 – Oscars 2016

Oscars 2016

This week we’re talking all things Oscar, but before we get into that, we’d love it if you subscribed to our Podcast on iTunes! For our Oscars special, Jeffrey Bryan is our Pop Cult Leader, and he takes us through this year’s nominees, the lack of diversity among the nominees (and what the Academy is doing to […]

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