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"Nasty Girl" vs “The Wobble”
When you think of line dancing, you think of a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which people dance in one or more lines or rows, all facing either each other or in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. However, to “DIE HARD” soul line dancers, this is the only dance where you can burn the wood and enjoy the spirit at the same time.
Soul Line Dancing consists of freestyle, ad-lib dance movements performed to various musical genres and for over 25 years, a gentleman by the name of David Bush Jr., made line dancing popular, important, and a dance that could make strangers become family. David, or Mr. Dave, or the Godfather of Line Dancing choreographed many classic dances that have set the tone, energy, and pace for a lot of the dances you see today. His “classics” such as: “25”, “Shakeem”, “Shabazz”, “Running Man”, “Philly Connection 1 & 2”, etc. continues to get people running to the floor or “wood”. Many of Dave’s moves and fancy footwork has been imitated by other choreographers and can be seen almost everywhere now, including his dance “Nasty Girl”, which has been re-named to the “Wobble”.
“Nasty Girl” or “Wobble” is a dance that was created by the line dance group "The Posse" and adapted and promoted by Mr. Dave Bush back in the 90’s and was done to the classic song by Lyn Collins entitled, “Think”. I am not only a journalist of CNN iReport, but I am a Soul Line Dancer who was taught and learned the craft of line dancing under Mr. Dave Bush and Mr. Ed Williams aka Brooklyn Ed. This dance was a fan favorite at the WDAS FM’s Tuesday night Oldies Party at North By Northwest. When Andre the Giant started the song, people immediately rushed the floor, The Late Great Joe Tamburro or “Butterball” would dance in his seat and Mr. Dave would tap his feet and smile, while we all did the dance in enjoyment. This dance was always the party starter because of its easy steps and flirtatious hip movements and rolls.
In 2008, the song “Wobble” performed by V.I.C was released as the second single of his debut album Beast. The song finally made its debut on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #89 on June 2, 2011, which is almost three years after its release, and has since peaked at 77. It went on to debut at #94 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on January 7, 2012. The song’s popularity has been peaked because of the soul line dance “Nasty Girl” that has now become the signature dance to this LP. The Line Dance community honors, salutes, and remembers “The Posse” & their brilliant creative, however, we are happy that V.I.C. made this dance a legacy that will further continue the saying, “Dance should unite us, not divide us”!!!
So the next time you hear the “Wobble” or do the dance “Nasty Girl” remember you are a part of a movement that was started by a group of people that loved to dance, create, and smile. Mr. Dave Bush passed on Saturday, May 25, 2013.
Thanks to Monica, Tiffani, Yolanda, Aretha, Bernadette, and Paula making sure that credit is given to the correct persons.
Written By Charron Monaye aka "Smooth C"