There are many things we admire about Taylor Swift – her songwriting talent, how kind she is to her fans, her ability to eat mountains of cookies without ever smearing her red lipstick – but when it comes down to it, the one Swiftian skill we all wish we were blessed with is her ability to pull out perfect dance moves.
Sure, every Beyoncé performance is a showstopper, and we still practice old Britney Spears choreography in the mirror, but Swift’s dancing has something more important: it’s relatable. Swift has mastered the art of the seat dance, perfected the dramatic point and has a superstar shimmy, all moves that we’ve been known to bust out whenever our favorite song comes on. It might not be the most graceful choreography in the world, but it’s perfect for a Saturday night, goofing off with friends or just singing into your hairbrush in your bedroom (no judgment!).
So the next time your jam comes on in public and you feel like rocking it out, just remember these simple steps:
The Shoulder Rock
Great for those of us who were tragically born without any rhythm. Simply rock your shoulders back and forth in time with the beat, making sure to add your sassiest facial expressions, and you’re ready to sit front row at the Grammys.
The Hair Flip
Perfect for: highlighting the way the song builds dramatically at the bridge, expressing how you’re feeling all of the feelings, catching the attention of the fella over there with the hella good hair.
How else will people know to pay attention to your killer dance moves?
The ‘Acting Out the Words of the Song’
We don’t want to live in a world where people don’t pantomime tiny phones when they sing along to “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
The Arm Sweep
Warning: Save this one for only your most dramatic sing-alongs. This is a move that represents overwhelming emotion and important key changes.
The Jump and Twirl
A Swift signature, for when you feel like spinning like a girl in a brand new dress, or when the excitement of headlining an arena tour gets overwhelming.
The ‘Coordinated Awkwardness’
Because nothing says “friendship” like breaking out your carefully choreographed arm-dancing routine in front of all the cool kids. (You’re definitely having more fun than them, for the record.)
The Whatever This Move Is
We have to give our girl T. Swift credit where credit is due – nobody lives out the mantra “dance like nobody’s watching” quite like her.