Internet: I Need Your 80s Knowledge

17 Apr

My British friend is getting married in a few weeks and for the dancing portion of the celebration, she wants to play Kylie Minogue’s version of “Locomotion” and have me lead everyone in doing the dance.

What dance? There’s a dance specifically for this song?

We fly to YouTube. “It’s not from her video. I just remember doing it,” she said.

We couldn’t find any videos of Brits from 1988 who are doing this particular dance–not in the clubs, not in random gatherings, not on the streets. There are lots of different “Locomotion” dances on the Tube, but not the one she’s thinking of. I thought maybe it was particular to her area of England, but she said she was 10 at the time and didn’t really travel much.

I’ve asked around a little bit and have heard that maybe this dance could simply be a conga line, with everyone moving their arms in a steam train motion. My friend thought there was a little more to it, like the macarena (click on that link at your own risk).

Internet, I’m asking you: If you were around during the late 80s and were in Britain, do you remember this dance and can explain it to us? Help a bride and groom out!

6 Responses to “Internet: I Need Your 80s Knowledge”

  1. hampshirehog April 17, 2015 at 2:06 pm #


    • Jill April 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

      It apparently is something different than the video — thanks for looking into it though!


      • Ben April 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

        Is it this?


  2. Ben April 21, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    Or this?


    • Jill April 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      No, it’s apparently all in the upper body, rather than in the feet. I did get an e-mail with what looks to be it (thank you, e-mailer!) — it’s really like the Macarena.


      • Jill April 21, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

        I am very curious about Scooter Lee and the choreography of Jo Thompson now though, so thanks for that.


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