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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Howard Moore gets his Cha-Cha Slide on

By Eamonn Brennan

Kitschy group dances can go in a handful of directions. There's the Chicken Dance, which should never, ever happen, even if you're trying to win a free pizza on an arena Jumbotron. (I like pizza, too, but have some self-respect.) There's the Electric Slide, a favorite at weddings the world over and which is inoffensive and mostly fun. There's the Macarena, which I remember my traveling soccer team's parents dancing to in the mid-1990s; the memories haunt me to this day. And then there's (what I would propose is) the granddaddy of them all: The Cha-Cha Slide.

The Cha-Cha Slide has everything: Simple moves, an emcee providing helpful, simple directions, a chance to actually do a bit of dancing, and, of course, the oft-sampled "Everybody clap your hands," at which point everybody claps their hands. Who doesn't like clapping their hands really fast with a bunch of other people? The Cha-Cha Slide is pretty awesome.

Illinois-Chicago coach Howard Moore knows what I'm talking about. Via the Flames athletics staff comes this video of Moore getting his Cha-Cha Slide on at the school's Freshmen Welcome Dinner on Wednesday night:

I love this video. Usually, getting a college basketball coach to dance publicly requires some sort of zany Midnight Madness costumed affair. Moore just looks like a guy who couldn't pass up a chance to do a little cha-cha-ing.

He acquits himself quite well, too. I might even have to take some pointers and put them to use at a wedding I'm attending this weekend. I won't be submitting any video footage, though. Better for everyone that way.