Wednesday’s dance defended itself from people calling it weird on TikTok videos
Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday dance is championed in TikTok videos, with appreciation and imitation videos highlighting her mix of weird and funky.
TikTok users are loving Wednesday Addams’ dance moves. All episodes are out for the addams family spinoff series dark academy Wednesday, co-created by Tim Burton, starring Jenna Ortega as the titular, insensitive, first-born daughter of Gómez and Morticia Addams, played by Luis Guzmán and Catherine Zeta-Jones respectively. As of this writing, it holds a 70 percent critical and 88 percent general audience rating, indicating that both critics and audiences have begun to enjoy the gothic series.
In particular, fans have been sharing their love for a particular dance routine at Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday, through viral TikTok videos and dance imitations. Some fans have even pointed to the real-life moves that inspired the choreography, which was done by Ortega herself, and defended her against those who have been calling her weird. Check out some of the posts below:
Wednesday’s viral dance moment explained
In Wednesday episode 4, “Woe What a Night”, Nevermore Academy hosts a dance named after American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous work: The Rave’N. It is at this dance that Wednesday is forced to show off dance moves that fit the beloved character perfectly. As fans noticed, and as Ortega pointed out in a tweet, the routine was inspired by the likes of Siouxsie Sioux, Bob Fosse’s Rich Man’s Frug, Lisa Loring, Lene Lovich, Denis Lavant, and archival footage of Goths dancing in clubs in the 80s.
Why the Wednesday dance is being embraced by fans
Viewers have also seen a move that was essentially a tribute to John Astin’s Gomez; and as Ortega herself said, Lisa Loring’s Wednesday also served as an inspiration. These tributes were not lost addams family fans as they seem to admire the decision to honor both actors in their dance routine. Ortega’s stone-cold, expressionless delivery is really what sells the routine, as the oddball, fringe spirit that Wednesday embodies shines through here as he finally lets loose and is the only character in black in a room full of white dresses Ortega makes the awkward but ambitious look great with her performance throughout the series, but the dance routine sums her up in one scene.
This is touching Wednesday and its main character are getting love on social media in an age and society that is increasingly accepting of the socially awkward and weird. It’s also inspiring, as the reception could inspire those who normally feel misunderstood to come out of their shells and embrace themselves. The show and character serve as convenient platforms for outcasts, so seeing the commercial success of both thrive on social media is a win for the socially distanced Addams family. Here’s hoping it can lead to Netflix Wednesday season 2 the green light that many are asking for.
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