Moves Like Jagger (and Bowie)

Our last prom-preparation post of 2013 is also a bedroom-dancing-inspiration post for all time.

Is your prom this weekend but you are freaking out because you don’t have any dance moves? Never fear! For I have made you this video tutorial.

One caveat: I’m not a good dancer or an expert on dancing—I’ve never taken a dance class in my life. But I have done the most important thing, and that is to watch Mick Jagger and David Bowie’s “Dancing in the Street” video from 1985:

And so here is my step-by-step breakdown of moves I’ve learned from this significant video from history (they really do come in handy).

Have fun out there, you guys. ♦


  • Moxx April 19th, 2013 7:20 PM


  • Kimono Cat April 19th, 2013 7:24 PM

    This is my favorite Rookie video *ever*.

  • sungiant April 19th, 2013 7:51 PM

    Omg this is probably one of my favorite music videos because it has my two loves in it hehehehhehhehh. I will definitely be thinking of them when I am dancing at my prom.

  • Jasmine April 19th, 2013 8:07 PM


  • christine rucker April 19th, 2013 8:42 PM

    hahaha watching this video makes me want to dance!

  • la fee clochette April 19th, 2013 8:47 PM

    Yes, I am also a proponent for da dance of da FINGAS!

  • Manda April 19th, 2013 8:49 PM

    HOW HAVE I NEVER SEEN THIS VIDEO OR EVEN HEARD THIS SONG???? I mean c’mon, it’s David Bowie and Mick Jagger pulling some Mick Jagger/borderline Rick Astley dance moves (in the best way possible) complete with trench coats and a super cheesy 80s pop song that starts out by shouting out the names of places.

    If only there will be music like this at prom.

  • Miss Pink April 19th, 2013 9:24 PM

    Epicness. Everyone else step aside, this girl is on fire!!!!!!

  • Julianne April 19th, 2013 9:27 PM

    Amber is awesome and hilarious and this made me smile for, like, the first time all week.

  • starsinyourheart April 19th, 2013 9:30 PM

    Omg worlds worst hand job ahaaa!
    fabulous tutorial!

  • myy April 19th, 2013 9:58 PM

    This is so great haha!!! I know some great moves now . . .

  • maddie123 April 19th, 2013 10:44 PM

    Literally a combination of the two greatest singers in the world and their super swagilicious moves. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!

  • soviet_kitsch April 19th, 2013 10:45 PM


  • whambamthankyoumaam April 19th, 2013 10:53 PM

    for years, this has been my favorite bowie video EVER

  • n April 19th, 2013 11:26 PM


  • Bridget April 19th, 2013 11:31 PM

    This is the best video ever! THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS. The best part is at the end when they zoom in on Mick n David’s butts.

  • taste test April 19th, 2013 11:53 PM

    I love that “the world’s weirdest hand job” is a tag now

  • MADZ. April 19th, 2013 11:55 PM

    perfect for prom tomorrow! thanks so much Amber, you’re a life saver!

  • Teez April 20th, 2013 12:28 AM

    hahahahaha amazing

  • takebackyourpower April 20th, 2013 12:33 AM

    Amber, you are ADORABLE. Dance party! Now!!

  • Lea April 20th, 2013 1:02 AM

    OMG an article about this video, you’re the best!!!
    Thanks for spreading the knowledge Amber. And your dance moves rock.

  • Adrienne April 20th, 2013 1:43 AM

    This is so great! I’m definitely going to bust these moves out on the floor. My prom is actually tomorrow night on 4/20… so that’s going to be really interesting!

  • kellie April 20th, 2013 2:28 AM

    well this was just the greatest thing i’ve ever seen. hahahaha perfect perfect wow.

  • Nanna Karenina April 20th, 2013 2:58 AM

    HOT POCKETS CHANGED MY LIFE! I never know where to place my hands, so I just snap my fingers. But Hot Pockets looks much cooler. Thanks for a hillarious & educational video, Amber!

  • ruby April 20th, 2013 4:26 AM

    This is amazing! (Imagine how much more fun prom would be if everyone danced like this…)

  • Paint By Numbers April 20th, 2013 4:31 AM

    Well, this couldn’t have come sooner. I can’t dance and I think these moves will prepare me perfectly for a formal dancing occasion I am attending next month (I’ll be needing the practice). I’m thinking I might combine these moves with other classics, perhaps the Time Warp with motor city sass? Or the Macarena with hot pockets? Oh, the choices!

  • Narita April 20th, 2013 5:26 AM

    Decided to help out a senior friend who has prom next weekend, and sent her this. I’m a life-saver.

  • Gabby April 20th, 2013 10:38 AM


  • chestnutsumo85 April 20th, 2013 10:49 AM

    my prom just got cancelled! but this is nearly as good as the real thing :)

  • Randi Melberg April 20th, 2013 10:50 AM

    This is fantastic.

  • catpower44 April 20th, 2013 10:53 AM

    Amber this is amazing! This literally made my day I will definitely use some of these moves at my school’s prom!

  • izi April 20th, 2013 11:56 AM

    Favorite Rookie post to date. AMBER I LOVE YOU <3

  • Amy Rose April 20th, 2013 3:06 PM

    Oh my god, 12 more of these, please. AMBER!

  • Courtney T April 20th, 2013 11:31 PM

    I watched a bunch of Soul Train to learn my prom moves. Prom was great.

  • Flavia April 21st, 2013 12:38 PM


  • Ella W April 21st, 2013 2:02 PM

    Amber! You have such perfect teeth!

    • Ella W April 21st, 2013 2:09 PM

      And perfect dance moves too, obviously!

  • Ibe. April 21st, 2013 2:04 PM

    Amber, you’re a genius.

  • grrrlinacoma April 21st, 2013 10:45 PM

    I would LOVE to learn some backstreet boys moves! Someone! This is my plea!


  • Sam Davis April 22nd, 2013 10:30 AM

    I reenacted this with a friend a while ago, although I’m not trying to sound like I’m promoing myself, here it is.

    I get to play Mick Jagger in all his sassy glory while my friend tries his best Bowie impersonation.

  • Mary the freak April 22nd, 2013 4:51 PM

    YOU JUST SAVED MY LIFE AND MADE MY DAY (no, week. month. year. actually, you made my entire life (that sound so creepy).) .

    And it’s eleven pm now and I will turn the music up now and then I’ll draw a Bowie style lightning bolt on my face AND I WILL DANCE! and I also need some red shoes for this ( I love love love bowie).


  • Pat April 23rd, 2013 9:45 AM

    I’ve basically been waiting for this tutorial my whole life.

  • Runaway April 23rd, 2013 7:44 PM

    This is the best tutorial EVER!

  • Molly May 17th, 2013 6:34 PM

    I LOVED that. When my prom comes around I definitely have to break out at least one or two of those bad boys and show everybody how much of a supavisor I am. I’m gonna be one cool cat.