15 Dance Facts You Should Know

Posted Jun 24, by Val Liarikos [+]

Ovulating strippers make more money!


An evolutionary psychologist at the University of New Mexico and his research conducted a study that showed an interesting, but very obscure fact. Strippers earned more tips by lap dancing when they were ovulating than when they were not, and also more than women on the pill, who don't ovulate.

The research assistant first noticed this because he worked at a strip club assisting the performers. One of his duties was handing out tampons. He noticed women who requested them earned less than the others. This was the basis for their study.

They set up an anonymous website where they gathered data for 296 work shifts, or about 5,300 lap dances. The women would include info about their earnings, productivity and menstrual cycles.

The results? Women ovulating would earn in average $30/ hour than women in their periods and $15/hour more than women at other stage in their cycle. Women on the pill, who don't ovulate, made significantly less than women in their natural cycle.

The theory is that women ovulating are at their peak of fertility and that makes them more attractive to males. What they haven't found yet is how men can subconsciously recognize that a women is in estrus (their fertility peak).

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Dancing can improve your relationship.

In the middle of a heated row with your significant other? Don’t raise your voice, raise your heels! According to ballroom instructors –like Tony Dovolani from Dancing with the Stars- they’ve seen relationships rejuvenated through dance, especially ballroom dance. Dovolani says that “discovering new steps together teaches a couple to interact with each other.” According to him, this enhances their team work and communication skills.

Additionally, research also proves that dancing also reduces stress and tension for the mind and body. Studies by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have shown that dancing also prevents heart disease in particular.

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Lyndon B. Johnson nicknamed his penis 'Jumbo' and showed it to his colleagues at the US Capitol!

Lyndon B. Johnson was famous for his gusto, ego, and energy. He wanted to be the best President in the history of the U.S. despite his crass ways. The man was unpredictable at times. Once, in a Spanish restaurant, he jumped up on the table and proceeded to stomp and do flamenco dancing. He was a skilled storyteller who used his facial expressions to bring his stories to life.

Johnson said that he kept himself on a leash. It was a very loose leash, however. He would pee in the House Office building parking lot when he felt the need to go. When a colleague would enter the bathroom as Johnson was using a stall, he would turn around and show it to him! He called his penis “Jumbo” and asked if anyone had seen one so big.

He’d even stand in the doorway of his office bathroom while making his assistants dictate what he was saying. Even when he was on the floor of the House and the Senate, he’d openly rummage around in his groin.

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Reggie Jackson nicknamed a bat boy for the Oakland A's "Hammer" because of his purported resemblance to Hank Aaron and that bat boy would later assume the rap name "MC Hammer."

What hasn’t MC Hammer done? Stanly Kirk Burrell was found outside the Oakland A’s stadium by team owner Charlie Finley dancing around for tips to buy tickets to the game. He recruited the 13 year old as a batboy for the Oakland A’s. 

Legendary Reggie Jackson nicknamed Burrell “Hammer” because he resembled Hank Aaron. Burrell wanted to become a professional baseball player, but ended up joining the Navy. While in the Navy he worked on his rapping skills. 

He was honorably discharged from the Navy and MC Hammer was born. He released an independent album in 1987 called Feel My Power which sold 60,000 albums. In 1988, he signed on to Capitol Records and rereleased the same album as Let’s Get It Started. 

The following album released in 1990 was Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em. It was this album that made MC Hammer a household name. He made a couple more albums, but nothing hit it big like Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em did. MC Hammer eventually became a preacher and had six children with his wife of 23 years.

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Tupac Shakur was a ballet dancer.

You may know Tupac Shakur as the late rapping legend of the late 80s and early 90s, but what you may not know is that he used to do ballet! Tupac was attracted to acting at a young age. He became a member of the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem based Theatre Company. 

When he grew older, he attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he took acting and dancing classes, including ballet. It was there, in Baltimore, that he discovered rap and began getting into performing as a rapper. You can read his biography at the source

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The Twi’lek slave girl in ‘Return of the Jedi’ had a wardrobe malfunction that made it into the film!

In ‘Return of the Jedi’ there is a scene where a chained dancer is dancing. If you look closely, you’ll see that her breast falls out of her dress when Jaba pulls her toward him.

The slave girl’s name is Oola. It’s shown in the original and special edition of the film. Check the source for a picture.

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The Dancing Plague caused people to dance themselves to death.

It was a phenomenon that occurred between the 14th and 17th centuries. A mass psychogenic illness labeled the “dancing plague” where people danced uncontrollably until they collapsed! The dancing mania took place in mainland Europe. 

One of the most famous cases involved people dancing on a bridge. Eventually so many people danced that they broke the bridge and fell into the river. The most notable case involves a woman that in Strasbourg that began dancing on the streets. Within a few days 33 people joined her, then 400 in a month! Some people died from heart attacks.

The people would dance in groups, sometimes in the thousands, in a bizarre way until they collapsed. They screamed, shouted, sang, and said to have hallucinations. Some say that it was a religious cult and others say it was just a psychogenic illness that affected many throughout the course of several centuries. It was mainly present in times of hardship. In a particular case, the plague occurred after a whole town had fasted for a long time. 

Some people have compared modern day raves to this. What do you think?

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Mattel sued Aqua for the song Barbie Girl!

The hit-song “Barbie Song” by Norwegian-Danish pop group Aqua was the theme song of the 90’s summers. As many of you know, it was a fast paced dance duet between singers impersonating the dolls Barbie and Ken. However, the Mattel Company thought that the lyrics implied that Barbie is a bimbo- not exactly good publicity for the toy that’s always under attack.

So, naturally, the Mattel Company sued Aqua. The case was dismissed in 2002. However 11 years later, both Barbie and Barbie Girl are still relatively successful, so not too much damage was done.

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Kung-Fu Fighting was originally a B-side and was recorded in 10 minutes!

If you've ever wondered why Kung Fu fighting is such an awesomely ridiculous song, here's why: It was never intended to be a mainstream hit, so the producers went all out in how ridiculous it was. The song was originally meant to be the B-side for Carl Douglas' "I Want to Give You My Everything."

He needed something for the B-side and asked the producer if he had any lyrics that he could use. He saw Kung Fu fighting and quickly made a melody for it, and then recorded it in 10 minutes because he had used most of his 3-hour allotted time recording the A-side! The producer also said that he went over the top with the 'huhs' and 'hahs' because he thought nobody would listen to a b-side.

After hearing both songs, the studio executive insisted that Kung Fu Fighting be the A-side. The song didn't sell well at first but gained popularity in dance clubs. It picked up steam until it reached the Billboard Hot 100; the rest is history.

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In two years, the Spice Girls’ global grosses are estimated to be nearly 1 billion dollars!

The Spice Girls are a British pop girl group originally formed in 1991. Their debut single, “Wannabe” hit number-one in over 98 countries and is what started them as a global phenomenon. While many compare Justin Bieber’s persona to a modern day version of the Spice Girls, even his successes are nothing compared to the five girls. Their debut album “Spice” sold over 28 million copies worldwide and is the best selling album by a female group in history. As of today, they have sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Amazingly, between the years 1996-1998 alone they are estimated to have earned $750-950 million and each of them earned up to $75 million per year! Under the guidance of Simon Fuller and Virgin Records, they became one of the most successful marketing engines ever by releasing merchandise, movies, television promotions, and extensive radio coverage.

In fact the names Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh, and Sporty are the most recognizable as a group since John, Paul, George, and Ringo! According to a survey done by Trivial Pursuit, 80% of those surveyed responded that the term “Girl Power” is the best way to define the 1990’s!

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Jack White from The White Stripes only records in analog and edits his tapes manually with a razor blade!

Musicians are known for being a little quirky--some more than others. Lady Gaga and her meat dress. Michael Jackson and his plastic surgery. Madonna and her strict diets. These quirks may be a call for attention or a way to express themselves, but some quirks directly serve the artist's work. This is the case of Jack White of the White Stripes. White may be one of the quirkiest artists out there. His musical headquarters are decorated with masks and shrunken heads, and all the walls that face west are painted red while those that face east are painted blue. White's business cards read "John A. White III, D.D.S.--Accidental and Occidental Archaeologist."

He once lied that his bandmate, Meg White, was his sister when she was really his wife. He doesn't own a cell phone. Yet, he placed microphones under the eaves of his home because he couldn't hear the rain well enough from inside, and he wanted to pipe the sound in through speakers in his room. White takes issue with today's generation, maintaining that they are too wrapped up in technology and not creative enough. Unsurprisingly, he believes recording his music with modern-day programs like Pro Tools is "cheating." He only records in analog and never digital. And he edits these recordings by cutting them with a razor blade--the old fashioned way.

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Jack White from The White Stripes only records in analog and edits his tapes manually with a razor blade!

Musicians are known for being a little quirky--some more than others. Lady Gaga and her meat dress. Michael Jackson and his plastic surgery. Madonna and her strict diets. These quirks may be a call for attention or a way to express themselves, but some quirks directly serve the artist's work. This is the case of Jack White of the White Stripes. White may be one of the quirkiest artists out there. His musical headquarters are decorated with masks and shrunken heads, and all the walls that face west are painted red while those that face east are painted blue. White's business cards read "John A. White III, D.D.S.--Accidental and Occidental Archaeologist."

He once lied that his bandmate, Meg White, was his sister when she was really his wife. He doesn't own a cell phone. Yet, he placed microphones under the eaves of his home because he couldn't hear the rain well enough from inside, and he wanted to pipe the sound in through speakers in his room. White takes issue with today's generation, maintaining that they are too wrapped up in technology and not creative enough. Unsurprisingly, he believes recording his music with modern-day programs like Pro Tools is "cheating." He only records in analog and never digital. And he edits these recordings by cutting them with a razor blade--the old fashioned way.

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There’s an ominous hum at a NYC subways station that’s actually an art exhibit!

Max Neuhaus’s Times Square is a rich harmonic sound texture emerging from the north end of the triangular pedestrian island located at Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets in New York City. Most people originally think the deep and ominous hum that comes through the subway grate is from a generator or some kind of New York City equipment being used underground. The art was installed on site from 1977 to 1992.

The Times Square Street Business Improvement District and Christine Burgin collaborated with MTA Arts for Transit and Dia to reinstate the project in May of 2002. Max Neuhaus, the artist, was a percussionist and interpreter of music in the 1960s who later became a pioneer in the field of sound art.

Over the past few decades he has created permanent sound art installations in the U.S. and Europe. He has also done short-term works throughout museums and spaces in the U.S. and Europe, as well as, many one-person exhibitions of his drawings.

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Slash Refuses to let Glee use Guns ‘N Roses Music. Why?

So, there are two kinds of people in the world: those that love the TV show Glee, and those that…well, hate it. If you ever meet Slash from Guns ‘N Roses, ask him for his take on the subject. Or not, we’ll just tell you. He’s a Glee hater!

Slash has been approached by Fox to use Guns ‘N Roses music on an episode of Glee, and he flatly turned them down. Why? Basically, he thinks the show is horrible. He said, “Glee is worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough."

But before you think that the grungy guitarist is just stingy with the use of his former band’s tunes, think again. You can find Slash’s likeness in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

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Gangnam Style can be deadly!

An English man has tragically died during an office Christmas party. The cause of death? He overexerted himself dancing to Psy's megahit Gangnam Style. The 46-year-old man was a father of 3.

The man was reportedly up on stage dancing and entertaining everybody, when he suddenly collapsed. They tried to resuscitate him, but failed to do so. The coroner's report said he died from acute heart failure exacerbated by vigorous exercise.

The lesson here is that if you have certain health conditions, you should not stray outside of your comfort zone.

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