Editor’s Note: Upon leaving a Groove International event with our staff in Downtown Long Beach, we couldn’t help but notice something strange. A man. Dancing like no one was watching. Outside of a club. Here’s our story.
Dear Long Beach Pine Avenue Shuffler,
This is what I have decided to call you, considering that neither my staff nor I know your name. We don’t know your story, where you are from, or the method to your madness we saw on that incredible Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.
All we know is that you were ENTHUSIASTICALLY dancing in an alleyway outside of an unknown club in Downtown Long Beach. You were moving with every ounce of energy in your body, and you never stopped dancing or smiling. And the best part of it all, you had the ENTIRE crowd on the other side of the window dancing with you.
I would like to think that you were kicked out of that club for some unfortunate misunderstanding. My guess is that you were there to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and the bouncer gave you a hard time for wearing jeans as opposed to slacks. Or perhaps the club didn’t allow baseball hats and never gave you the chance to put yours in your car before entering the club.
Regardless of what happened, I would like to think that you left the club peacefully, walked around the corner, went up to the window where all of your friends were partying, and stopped as if to say, “F*ck this. I want to dance.”
And dance you did. I was simply walking one of our models to her car, and as I approached the alleyway, all I could see was a sea of people inside of the club dancing to the smiling guy outside of the club. The more you moved, the more they moved, and the more you smiled, the more they cheered.
Bravo sir. Regardless of who you really are or what you were really doing, you have inspired me. Don’t stop shuffling and don’t stop moving the crowd. Remember that regardless of how big and powerful other people may be, they will never be able to take our smiles or cries away. Those belong to us and us alone.
You are the light. Best regards,