Occupation: undergraduate student
Residence: Colorado, CA
Date of Performance/Collection: 2017-3-18
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Spanish
This is a song and dance.
“Don’t make me snap my fingers in a Z formation” *Snap right hand then make a Z shape in air while snapping at each turn*
“Exclamation” *4 snaps vertically downwards at each syllable*
“Booty rotation” *put hands on hips and rotate hips*
*Informant thinks there might have been more but doesn’t recall the rest*
Background information (Why does the informant know or like this piece? Where or who did they learn it from? What does it mean to them?):
Informant said she remembers doing this song/dance as a middle schooler with her classmates. They did it for fun, and she remembers the boy in her class who would exaggerate his hip movements. She said there was more at the end of this song but can’t recall it all. She didn’t think of this as folklore but remembers it as a part of growing up.
Context (When or where would this be performed? Under what circumstance?):
It is performed by young elementary to middle school aged children. It might be done during recess or when kids are spending time together for fun.
I knew this dance personally in my elementary school. It’s funny how someone who grew up in LA and another who grew up in Texas know the same song. I don’t know if kids these days still do this dance for fun. Especially because technology has grown, they might not pass down these traditions. This dance seems like a part of my childhood as well as my informant’s, and although I forgot about it, it is interesting that I remembered it when I heard the first verse.