But I happened upon Lifetime's Your Mama Don't Dance" on a Friday night, and I think I'd rather be hooked up to Joanie's hairdryer and have one finger in an electrical socket while being asked embarrassing questions that might get me fired or divorced than participate in "Your Mama." It's that bad.
Ian Ziering hosts the show where five young people, partnered with their parents, are in the dance-off of their lives.
The night that I caught the show, five young men were dancing with their mothers, showcasing dances that "told stories" and emoted ... something. It was just weird.
Oh, did I mention they were dancing with their mothers?
The only time a boy should be dancing all "story-telling" like that with his mom is when he's about three, while Mama is holding him in the kitchen, bopping to "Barbara Ann," and the "story" is that the cookies will be done baking in 8-10 minutes and so they can dance until they're done. Other than that, there just aren't too many times a boy should dance with his mom like that. Maybe his wedding. Or the day his college debts are paid off.
Sadly, three of the five young men that I saw mentioned not having much of a father figure in their lives. Had I seen this show when my son was little, I might have strapped him to his father 18 hours a day for the first 16 years of his life just to make sure he got enough dad influence.
If you do not believe me, check out this link where they offer you the video back-stories of the contestants in hopes of drawing you in emotionally and hooking you for next week. However, the videos produced the same effect in me as the warning videos in high school "health" class: Ew.
Like I said, I only watched the guys, not the girls. And I'm sure they're wonderful people. I just felt ... not rightness when one kid said they watched "Dirty Dancing" together and copied the moves.
However, if you do not want to see amateurs dancing and would like to see how professionals "in the biz" really get started, then please view this 18 second video of my son when he was about 4 in which he is singing and
By the way, my son is 19 today.
Happy birthday, Jordan. Aren't you glad your mama don't dance?