Dance! The Superbowl Shuffle

This weekend is the Superbowl. A number of years ago, the Chicago Bears made a video to raise money for charity. The video was called “The Super Bowl Shuffle”. [we’re not here because we’re greedy; we’re just doin’ it to feed the needy].

My husband is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan; needless to say the video was a command performance in our home. It was a big hit and raised a TON of money for charity. Today they would say it went viral. It makes me smile every time I see it, too. One of the big deals about Super Bowl Sunday is the commercials. Even if people (horrors) hate football, they tune in to watch the commercials. There is a lot of buzz about a Matthew Broderick commerical that has already been on the internet ahead of time. It kind of reprises his role of Ferris Bueller. In the movie Ferris Bueller’s day off, he (and thousands of Chicagoans) end up dancing in a parade. Joyfully dancing. 

There are so many movies that have an underlying dance theme: My Best Friend’s Wedding has a closing line that I truly love: “but by God there will be dancing“. The character that says it to Julia Roberts delivers the line perfectly. She, who had been feeling depressed, sorrowful, sad, and all washed up, has now realized, thanks to her friend’s words: life goes on—let’s join in joyfully.

Footloose (both versions) has the story line about dancing being forbidden in a town. Again, on closer examination, it isn’t only about dance. It is about refusing to let life’s tragedies make us cynical sideline dwellers. Red Shoes and The Turning Point are about ballerinas—and about their decisions about life. I know. These movies tend to be “chick flicks”. Why do I gravitate towards them? They are all stories about life, really. The dance theme or the lines about dance can be considered allegorical. As a matter of fact, sometimes when people wax philosophical about life, they even say “this dance we call life” or words to that effect.

I cherish movies that make me focus on the fact that I must remain an active participant of life, that tragedies do not have to destroy us. They help me remember what Rose Kennedy said to reporters when they asked her how she had the strength to go on in the face of so much loss in her family. She said “I shall not be vanquished“. Hearing or reading that line makes me stand up straighter. . . and hearing “by God there will be dancing” makes me laugh through tears on days when there are tears. If you have tears today, I hope you know that maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday…there will be dancing. Albert Einstein said “We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams“. He sure knew what he was talking about, didn’t he?

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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20 Responses to Dance! The Superbowl Shuffle

  1. fgassette says:

    I remember when I retired from my job people thought I was retiring too soon, that I was still young and would miss the work life. Everyone kept asking me how did I feel about retiring. I remember this quote and told them: “I feel like dancing as though no one was looking.”


    • Kate Kresse says:

      I love that quote Francine :-). Joyous dancing also makes me feel like Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain—while he was dancing in the pouring rain; i LOVED that scene .

  2. Oh but this is fabulous! I do not have a heavy heart for myself, right now, but i sure do for a couple of good friends. I wish I could encourage them as much as you just did me! Blessings, Debra

  3. Kate Kresse says:

    Thanks—i bet you CAN encourage them, though

  4. jakesprinter says:

    Great entry I invite you here my friend for lauching 🙂

  5. Mary says:

    Remember what the Bee Gees said? “You should be dancing, yeah!!”

  6. “I cherish movies that make me focus on the fact that I must remain an active participant of life, that tragedies do not have to destroy us.”

    ♥ this!

  7. The movie Bella had a dance undercurrent, that although sad, was so beautifully done. And in the end, it was happy. And one of my favorite dance scenes was in Castaway, where the heroe and his fiance dance to the rythm of a photcopier. Too sweetly intimate while being sweetly funny at the same time. I could go on. You are right. Dance is in a lot of movies.

  8. Kate Kresse says:

    Hmmm–I have never even heard of Bella…. i will have to find it and see it. I do remember that scene in Castaway—it was so sweetly lovely. i should start a list of all the movies that have some dance in them….wouldn’t it be fun to have a weekend and see ALL of them?

    • Bella is a big, runaway-popular, (almost) foreign film, and you would absolutely love it. It is pro-life, for instance. And yes, it has dancing, but I got it mixed up with another foreign film, (how could I have done this?)–Slumdog Millionnaire, which is the sad one that has a secondary theme built on dancing. On that one, you must stay to watch the credits. The credits at the end, alone, are a must-see. 🙂
      But . . . ALL the films with dance would not fit in one weekend! Think of old-timey ones like Pride and Prejudice, where it is a major argument; and all the films that use a dance place as a hiding place for the prey in some chase scene!
      And almost every wedding movie has dance, such as Last Chance Harvey, where Dustin Hoffman tells Emma Tompkins, “I’m gonna dance your socks off!” And he does! And it adds some sort of healing effect to the plot. Amazing . . .

  9. Kate Kresse says:

    I haven’t seen Slumdog, Bella or Last Chance Harvey. How about Scent of a Woman (Hoo—ahh)…and An American in Paris, and Singing in the Rain, and West Side Story, and…oh so many…you are right—one weekend won’t cover it!!

  10. WELL–Bella and Last Chance Harvey are ALL ABOUT “Joy Forwarding” Projects, so . . . 😉
    And Slumdog is just too important, too true, too real, and too full of dance to skip. 🙂

  11. Oh, and someday, I am going to learn all the words to “I Like it Here in America”!!!!! 😀

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