Secretive dance moves

Most people don’t really know what I do at work, but the gist of it is that I have to keep track of what genes my labs’ thousands of mice have.  This involves an exciting process know as “genotyping” in which I must perform the same tasks that I do every single day…needless to say, it gets pretty boring, so I spend a lot of my time listening to my ipod so that I don’t go completely insane.  I definitely love to dance to the music that I am list’ning to, but I often find that hard in my work environment.  So…I have begun to work on a number of dance moves than I can hide from my coworkers!  Here are my  top five favorite (in no particular order…).

1. The “This Tabletop is soooooo smooth!” To perform, hold out one hand, parallel to the floor.  Pivot this hand about the elby-bone back and forth or simply pretend  to be comforting a beached whale that there is no hope of saving.  This one is super easy to cover up, just pretend that you are deciding between one important choice or the other…

2. The Spread the Butter Similar to the dance move above, just weave your hand back and forth and flip your palm from from up to face down.  Optional Enhancement!!!!! The Spread the “I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter!” – If you have long, Fabio-esque hair, you can improve this dance by waving your hair back and forth in time with your hand!

3. The Broken Kickstand Walk towards somebody in a straight line, then STOP!  Kick your left leg in towards your body while sticking your right hand out parallel (away from body), egyptian style.  To complete the look, put a “whoops, I done made a dumb mistake” look on your face.  This dance move originated completely organically when I accidentally dropped a genotyping buffer on the floor and tried to fix it right away…

4. The Seated Popcorn Popper Stick out your two two fists equilateral from your body.  Begin to shake your fists, head, body, etc. in tune with the music that you are listening to.  WARNING-DO NOT TRY THIS STANDING UP!  EVERYONE WILL KNOW YOU ARE ACTUALLY DANCING!  If done correctly, you can just excuse this dance as shaking off some stress.

5. The Spin and THEN Snap Very self explanatory, but be careful when you use this.  Only do it if you truly have to get out some dance fever and not too many people are watching!


The Chinese Ultra-centrifuge 1,2 boogie I can’t claim credit for this one, my co-worker Li always does this dance while waiting for her experiments to finish.  Simply place your hands equidistant apart on a large rectangular object and then bounce your feet apart left to right (or front to back, in time with music).  At my work I can just say I am imitating Li, you have to come up with your own excuse.


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