Dancing on Wednesday was very mother of her

I humbly sat down for most of my school’s proms. Sure there was the occasional shoulder flap here and there. That awkward two-tier sway with my friends (you know the one). But like many crippling, anxious 16-year-olds, I would rather have died than be caught punching it down in front of my teachers.

But not Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega). Wednesday finds the dangerous pit of a high school dance floor and sees an opportunity. She spots her teachers’ curious stares and sees the audience stuck in their nose-bleeding seats, begging for a look. she is Halloween it’s girlsbut she is a dancer first and a goth lover second.

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If you have seen the fourth episode of Netflix Wednesday, you probably know the scene I am referring to. In the nearly three-minute dance routine near the end of the episode, Wednesday dominates her school’s dance floor, turning it into a stage for her own one-woman show.

While her choreography is a magnetic, applause-worthy spectacle, it’s also a treasure trove of Easter eggs and ’80s tributes. Thanks to Ortega’s personal choreographic process, which drew on finds of dance footage and research from the 1980s to build the Wednesday routine.

The ’80s were a heyday for Halloween bops and goth goodness.


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While some remember the totally tubular decade for Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner, others remember the ’80s for its booming subculture scene, where goths became trendsetters and misfits wreaked musical havoc. Much of the Wednesday routine was tied to this Ortega draws inspiration from archive footage of goths dancing in clubs and the creators behind the music to their Friday nights. Ortega’s roster of goth gods includes Siouxsie Sioux, Lene Lovich and Denis Lavant, with Bob Fosse’s “Rich Man’s Frug” adding a dash of swinging ’60s to their routine.

The ’80s was also an era when Halloween tracks made it to the clubs, and Wednesday’s dance number is arguably a huge homage to the latter. Out of “Someone is watching me” from Rockwell to “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr., among the best known, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, the ’80s gave us what now makes up most of Spotify’s Halloween playlist, and no decade since has matched it Halloween is going to be pop Zeitgeist.

Wednesday’s dance number pays homage to the ’80s club scene, which was as synthic as it was spooky.

Wednesday’s dance number, performed at the school’s Rave’N, is a rich tribute to the ’80s club scene, which was as synthic as it was spooky. Devilishly brimming with spiced tributes to the decade’s best Halloween hits, their routine marries “Thriller.” Dracula, and serves all types of camp, goth reality. As with Jackson’s zombie groove, we see similar hands up, claws from side to side, on Wednesday. A zombie neck tilt incarnate. A shoulder slap coupled with swinging arms going up and down. And an overall seamless embodiment of everything that belongs in an 80’s Halloween music video.

Ortega’s choreography is also a multi-level performance as it simultaneously plays the lyrics to the scene’s backtrack “Goo Goo Muck” by The Cramps. The song, another ’80s hit about a teenager who turns into a monster (fitting the series’ mysterious plot), sees Wednesday as the creature who calls synth beat after synth beat onto the dance floor, in and pops out of frame and pops where you least expect it. The ’80s are so good, I’m sure if you turned the scene’s song into one of the decade’s Halloween hits, it would all flow perfectly.

All of our Wednesdays are great dancers.

Three versions of Wednesday Addams compiled together.


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In addition to its ’80s homage, Wednesday’s dance number shines with a fun blink and you’ll miss Easter egg. The split-second dance move sees Wednesday’s another famous dance routine given to us by our first onscreen Wednesday, Lisa Loring, from the ’60s TV series The Addams Family Show. You may know it from the GIFs and memes, but way back when Lurch (Ted Cassidy) taught her to dance in a 1966 episode on Wednesday and the rest Friday night was GIF history.

the consequence “Lurch’s Grand Romance” shows on Wednesday (Loring) how he teaches Lurch “The Drew”. A swinging ’60s jive that’s adorably endearing. “You don’t want her to think you’re stupid, do you?” Wednesday asks as he shuffles around. Ortega brilliantly integrates The Drew into a touching tribute – watch the prom scene again and see if you can catch her quick Easter egg, it’s all very much worth it.

Another famous Wednesday, Christina Ricci (who returns to Netflix Wednesday in a brilliant role as herbalism teacher Ms. Thornhill), was also an absolute dance queen in the 1991 film, The Addams family, where she dances dramatic waltzes with her cousin Lumpy Addams at Uncle Fester’s ball. Ricci hilariously keeps a straight face as he dashes around, though he’s on the verge of catapulting into the air at any moment. And while Ortega may not have incorporated a Wednesday waltz into her routine, the legacy of Ricci’s lavish dancing lives on. With all our Wednesdays, past and present, who are queens of the night and paint every dance floor with their name.

The Addams are Latinos and love to dance.

A man in a suit, a woman in a black dress and a child in a striped shirt stand side by side and smile.


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The dance scene on Wednesday gives her some courage enjoyment of lifeand adeptly characterizes her as a child who grew up with such iconic parents as Gomez and Morticia Addams (Luis Guzmán and Catherine Zeta-Jones). Wednesday is the first to address the Addams’ Latin heritage head-on, and Wednesday’s routine subtly nods to its roots.

Amidst the goodness of the ’80s, Wednesday dances salsa briefly and pulls off a recognizable salsa snap in a touching homage to her culture and the many nights she probably spent watching her parents burst into dance. If you’ve seen previous Addams Family work, you’ll know that Gomez and Morticia never miss an opportunity to waltz, music or not, with Gomez’s “cara mia” lingering in the air. Wednesday’s routine maintains the same fiery decadence, infusing her dancing with a passion for performance she inherited from her mother. Thoroughly the child of Gomez and Morticia, she proudly boasts of her heritage and her family’s love of the macabre and a good dance.

While Wednesday is a cornucopia of such many hidden treasures, taking the show from a modern Wednesday Addams really shines in her prom dance scene. In all of the past iterations of The Addams Family, Wednesday has always been a kid of quick jokes and monotonous one-liners, but Netflix Wednesday is the first time we see her as a teenager with her own passions and confidence. Her electric dancing speaks for a new Wednesday, unraveling intimate layers of characterization. We can now perfectly imagine Wednesday watching the “Thriller” music video alone in her room or (reluctantly) dancing to Anegla Aguilar “La Llorona” with their parents. I’ve always had a feeling that a house party at Addams’ is going to be tough, and Wednesday’s shameless dance routine has me begging to be on her guest list.

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