How Was I Supposed To React?

Yesterday I was walking in to work and there was a man on the street next to me playing music on his phone very loudly and dancing like no one was watching. Which, no one really was because we were all avoiding looking at him, which made the situation even more awkward because that guy is dancing in the street and why are we pretending it’s not happening?? But, y’all, I don’t know what the appropriate reaction is to something like that. I mean, I don’t remember learning anything about this in cotillion. What are the best manners for this situation? Because, on the one hand, I think it would be nice to dance with a stranger in the middle of a busy street, but on the other hand, what if he is a crazy person, and on the other other hand, why don’t they teach this in good citizenship class?
So, I’m asking y’all, my collective and infallible online conscience, how was I supposed to react to that?

62 thoughts on “How Was I Supposed To React?

  1. It makes me think of the saying “those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” which I always liked. And therefore I say it’s up to you- would you rather dance when the moment takes you and put up with a few people look on thinking “hey she’s a bit weird” [read: “looks how much fun that girl is having] or would you rather wonder if it would have been fun to join in? I know which I’d pick 😉 Today I feel like dancing

  2. It has always been my belief that we miss out on the fun that the simple things in life bring for the fear of looking like an Ass or an Idiot… Imagine how just a song or a simple act of uninhibited randomness can really improve the quality of your day! Don’t miss out on the simple joys of life for always overthinking things, ¡què serà serà!

  3. While I have never been tempted to join in, I have no aversion to watching someone dance in the street. After all, they are out in public – it is my civic duty to stare. If they didn’t want people to watch, they wouldn’t be dancing in public. And if they are any good, you should compliment them. Clap along, nod your head; think of it as encouraging the Arts!

  4. The most fun way to react to situations like that is directly linked to your ability to physically defend yourself I’m afraid… if you can kick a lot of ass you can try a lot more fun things… if you can’t… well, I’m afraid you should just be safe.

  5. Not really sure. I think I’d just avoid establishing eye contact. On one hand, he may have been such a secure person he could “dance like nobody was watching”…but on the other hand, he may have been bat-shit crazy. You don’t need BSC latching onto you. I had a similar situation last week at KFC. Another patron was barking. Just randomly barking. NO-ONE in the restaurant looked directly at him. I think we were all worried he might bite. Is there a full moon or something?

  6. It would be so nice to not have to worry about what’s correct. I think he would have loved it if you had joined in. Gotta have fun and enjoy life when you can 🙂

  7. I would lean toward “keep a safe distance from the insane person” and “don’t make eye contact” and “don’t engage.” Can you tell I lived in New York? And, in other words, good pretending on your part! What could be more awkward? If you did dance with him and he decided you were his new best friend … and, then, he showed up at your office to dance with you every day. But, now I have a question for you: maybe I over-think things and I’m mean?

  8. Steven S. Walsky says:

    Your heart is in the right place; however there is an old adage: You can lead a horse to water, but you can not stop a fool on his cell phone from falling in.

  9. He must have been following the “dance like no one is watching” approach to life? If it was just you, ignore. If there are multiple people trying not to watch, y’all join in. Strength in numbers, yo. And you get to dance.

  10. Lol. I had this same experience with an old lady who was dancing with her shopping baskets yesterday. Do I join in, sing along, be a back up dancer….or just continue walking….? There was nothing about this in the instruction book.

  11. “As to dancing, my dear, I never dance, unless I am allowed to do it in my own peculiar way. There is no use trying to describe it: it has to be seen to be believed…. Did you ever see the Rhinoceros, and the Hippopotamus, at the Zoological Gardens, trying to dance a minuet together? It is a touching sight.” -lewis Carroll,

  12. yumyum1709 says:

    I wish i had the courage to be different and join in and dance, so what if he is crazy haha…but I probably would have ended up being one of those walking past, life and people are just too boring these days :/

  13. Was he hot, or hobo? I say dance with him. I reckon we all secretly admire and are jealous of his lack of inhibitions – join in, get a whole “fame” thing going on and start the street dancing on cars and magically choreographing perfectly ‘improvised’ flings and twirls!
    Of course, if he’s listening to One Direction or Justin Bieber RUN LIKE HELL!!

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