Wal-Mart Part 3: Dancers defend their role in controversial Bounce music video
The Wal-Mart Video… Some call it resourceful and entertaining… Others have labeled it distasteful and degrading to women.
Now the women in that video get a chance to chime in.
They are the women whose lower halves are now recognized around the world.
They are the women featured in the controversial Wal-Mart video; and they women who now have just as much to say about the YouTube sensation, as the court of public opinion.
“It’s degrading to women,” Rachel Lewis said.
“The ladies are disrespecting themselves by shaking on the camera in a store, where people shop,” Alexis Harris said.
Timothy Ward said, “What you gonna bring Bounce to Wal-Mart for?”
“This is what our generation is doing, we’re not doing it to disrespect anybody,” dancer Antionique Price said.
Meet Antionique Price, Stephanie Bertrand, and Kathryn Short. They’re members of the dance group SHAKETEAM; and they take their work seriously. They treat it like a 9 to 5 job.
“We do everything, clubs, parties, weddings, baby showers, we do it all because Bounce dancing is not everything we do, but it’s what we’re known for,” Price said.
“They’re always on time, they’re very professional,” Michael Cooper said.
Michael Cooper shot, “Hammer Time” at Home Depot.
And he’s taped some of the videos for SHAKETEAM.
“Any task you give them they’ll complete it,” Cooper said.
The girls say if they’re not doing a gig, they’re rehearsing for one; because the controversial style of dance known as Bounce is not easy.
Mr. Ghetto’s manager jokingly pointed that out last week.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, “To those women who say this video is offensive and objectifies women you say what? I say they can’t move that fast, that’s why they feel that way, you know,” Travis Lyons jokingly replied.
SHAKETEAM has been dubbed New Orleans best, Thursday they talked technique.
“It really takes energy, hard work, you have to really be flexible, versatile, you gotta have a lot of energy,” Price proudly explained.
The video was reportedly recorded at Wal-Mart to bring Bounce to a larger audience.
The dance style that has been popular in New Orleans for generations is just starting to catch-on across the country.
“Bounce itself is a spread your legs, arch you’re back and you just dance,” Price demonstrated.
Bounce music has recently been featured on television shows like, “Ellen” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
The dancer was from The Game Over Boyz. ‘Skip’ is out of New Orleans and is affiliated with this group.
They say Bounce, as controversial as it’s become with the Wal-Mart video, is a dance style that’s is just a part of the New Orleans culture.
“This is how we dance,” said Price.
It’s the style of dance you’ll see all over the city, girls do it, and some guys too; even babies bounce.
“And their parents right along go baby go, baby, go,” Stephanie Bertrand further explained.
They say that, is no different than this.
“If you see a kid coming down the street and they hear bounce music they will dance,” Bertrand said.
Trotter said, so if a baby can Bounce, “Can you teach me how to Bounce Dance? I would love to teach you how to Bounce Dance,” Price replied.
They showed me the male version, called Peter Pan, or Peter Piper seen here.
Donald Morris helped out by give us a beat, “Peter Pan, Peter Pan, Pan, Pan….. (laugh).” I love it,” Price said.
I’ll stick to my day job, but for these gals they hope the sky is the limit.
Trotter asked the groups manager, “Where do you take the group from here? Everywhere, everywhere that accepts them,” SHAKETEAM Donald Morris replied.
“If you’re going to do it, why not show the world what you can do,” Price said. “That’s what we do, we go everywhere.”
The manager for SHAKETEAM says the girls are getting calls and emails from as close as Texas , and as far away as Germany .
The group is booked in and out of state, through the end of the month.
If you’d like to contact SHAKETEAM you can visit their fan page, or face book page.
Just follow the links below.
SHAKETEAM FAN PAGE http://www.facebook.com/pages/ShakeTeam-FANS/186556014730132?ref=ts
NEW ORLEANS SHAKETEAM FACEBOOK PAGE http://www.facebook.com/shaketeam?ref=ts
SHAKETEAM TWITTER PAGE https://twitter.com/#!/ShakeTeam504
YA BOY BIG CHOO FAN PAGE http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ya-Boy-Big-Choo/348361698365?ref=ts