Day 09 – A Song That You Can Dance To
This one needs an explanation as I am a big ParaPara fan and most folks don’t really know what that means.
Para Para is a synchronised group dance that originated in Japan. Unlike most club dancing and rave dancing, there are specific, preset movements for each song, and everyone does the same moves at once, much like line dancing.
I got into Para Para years ago at a Canadian anime convention called Anime North. There, they had a Introduction to Para Para panel which I just happened to wonder into. There we learned two dances, Boom Boom Fire (which is the video of the day) and ToraToraTora. There is actually video somewhere in a television network’s archive of me dancing those two songs as a broadcast was made from the panel and featured the performance.
As to why I like Para Para? Its fun and energetic and easy to learn – all it takes is a little patience. Plus when you see a large group of paralists, it looks fantastic. I am a little out of practice, I do perform it a little different then how it is presented above. The Paralist decided not to lift their leg during a couple of key points (in this video they actually do it), but other than that her form is something I cannot achieve currently. Enjoy!
*PS – if you are interested in Para Para send me a message or a tweet!