How to do the interlude dance

You know the dance, now learn the history – The Black & White

Zoe Wilson, Staff Writer
March 13, 2013

A goal in many peoples life is to inspire others. For Ian Goldsmith, Scott Connerley, and Tyler Wright, that happened. They created a nation wide phenomenon with a dance performed at basketball games and other sports events. That dance was called the Interlude.

Goldsmith and Wright are currently 23, and Connerley is 25. Both are alumni of the University of Northern Iowa.

Wright had previously known the song “Interlude” by Attack Attack! and would always do crazy dance moves whenever he heard it played. Later Goldsmith and Connerley joined in.

During 2010, Connerley and Goldsmith went to China to study abroad. The kids they met in China really enjoyed techno and electronic dance music. “Scott and I would play Interlude and do Tyler’s silly arm dance,” Goldsmith said.

Over time they added in their own moves into the dance, and formed 6 main steps that are now recognized.

When they got back to the United States in November 2010, Goldsmith released an instructional “music video.” Students urged Goldsmith to talk to the UNI Athletic Department to let them perform it at games.

“After getting the courage to ask the Athletic Department, they told me that if I could get over 100 students to come to the next women’s basketball game, then they would let us do the dance,” Goldsmith said.

Two hundred people came to the game and they performed the dance for the first time. The UNI Athletic Director came up to Goldsmith, shook his hand and said that the dance was awesome, and he would love to see that at every game forward.

“The success almost seemed overnight, and in just the next two months we were being interviewed by newspapers, and TV stations across the entire state of Iowa as videos popped up everywhere,” Goldsmith said.

On Jan. 26, 2011, someone by the username UNIsportsFan, uploaded a video of the interlude on YouTube. It was performed during a timeout at a game against Creighton Univeristy.

Another video was posted on Feb. 13, 2011  by the same user. The interlude was performed at a basketball game against Wichita State University.

A little over a year ago they were all asked to perform with the first lady, Michelle Obama. Obama wanted them to teach her the dance at Wells Fargo Arena in front of 12,000 students. Other celebrities were also there such as Governor Terry Branstad, Bob Harper, and Shawn Johnson.

Since then others schools have now started performing the Interlude during their own half time shows. Two years ago was the first time Johnston’s student section performed. It was during senior night, Feb 18, 2011, at a boys’ basketball game against Ames.

Other schools have developed alternatives to the Interlude. Another tradition is called the Silent Night. Taylor University located in Upland, Indiana, created it. The whole crowd remains quiet until a certain amount of points is scored.

“I can’t even describe how loud it was,” Taylor University freshman Morgan Riessen said. “This loud cheering continued for at least five minutes after the point was scored.”  Johnston fans did  the Silent Night at a boys’ basketball against Dowling Catholic this year.

Its been two years since the interlude was first showcased. Over the course of time it has changed and developed into something spread to many schools around the nation. “Nothing warms my heart more than seeing people feeling unified in happiness,” Goldsmith said.

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dance interlude definition | English definition dictionary


1    intr   to move the feet and body rhythmically, esp. in time to music  

2    tr   to perform (a particular dance)  

3    intr   to skip or leap, as in joy, etc.   

4    to move or cause to move in a light rhythmic way  

5   ♦ dance attendance on (someone)   to attend (someone) solicitously or obsequiously  

6    a series of rhythmic steps and movements, usually in time to music  
   Related adj     →   Terpsichorean  

7    an act of dancing  

a    a social meeting arranged for dancing; ball  

b    (as modifier)  
a dance hall     

9    a piece of music in the rhythm of a particular dance form, such as a waltz  

10    dancelike movements made by some insects and birds, esp. as part of a behaviour pattern  

11   ♦ lead (someone) a dance     (Brit)  
informal   to cause (someone) continued worry and exasperation; play up  
     (C13: from Old French dancier)  
  danceable      adj  
  dancer      n  
  dancing      n, adj  

apache dance  
      n   a fast violent dance in French vaudeville, supposedly between a Parisian gangster and his girl  

barn dance  

1      (Brit)   a progressive round country dance  

2      (U. S. and Canadian)   a party with hoedown music and square-dancing  

3    a party featuring country dancing  

4    a disco or party held in a barn  

belly dance  

1    a sensuous and provocative dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by women, with undulating movements of the hips and abdomen  

2    intr   to perform such a dance  
  belly dancer      n  

break dance  

1    an acrobatic dance style of the 1980s  

2    intr   to perform a break dance  
  break dancer      n  
  break dancing      n  

country dance  
      n   a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets and perform a series of movements, esp. facing one another in a line  
  country dancing      n  

dance of death  
      n   a pictorial, literary, or musical representation, current esp. in the Middle Ages, of a dance in which living people, in order of social precedence, are led off to their graves, by a personification of death,   (Also called (French))    danse macabre  

      n   a formal dinner followed by dancing  

fan dance  
      n   a dance in which large fans are manipulated in front of the body, partially revealing or suggesting nakedness  

folk dance  

1    any of various traditional rustic dances often originating from festivals or rituals  

2    a piece of music composed for such a dance  
  folk-dance   intr  

3    to perform a folk dance  
  folk dancing      n  

formation dance  
      n   any dance in which a number of couples form a certain arrangement, such as two facing lines or a circle, and perform a series of figures within or based on that arrangement  
  formation dancing      n  

ghost dance  
      n   a religious dance of certain North American Indians, connected with a political movement (from about 1888) that looked to reunion with the dead and a return to an idealized state of affairs before Europeans came  

ice dance  
      n   any of a number of dances, mostly based on ballroom dancing, performed by a couple skating on ice  
  ice dancer      n  
  ice dancing      n  

modern dance  
      n   a style of free and expressive theatrical dancing not bound by the classical rules of ballet  

morris dance  
      n   any of various old English folk dances usually performed by men (morris men) to the accompaniment of violin, concertina, etc. The dancers are adorned with bells and often represent characters from folk tales,   (Often shortened to)    morris  
     (C15 moreys daunce Moorish dance. See Moor)  
  morris dancing      n  

old-time dance  
      n     (Brit)   a formal or formation dance, such as the lancers  
  old-time dancing      n  

poi dance  
      n     (N.Z.)   a women's formation dance that involves singing and manipulating a poi  

round dance  

1    a dance in which the dancers form a circle  

2    a ballroom dance, such as the waltz, in which couples revolve  

Saint Vitus's dance  
      n   usually abbreviated to   , St Vitus's dance     (Pathol)      a nontechnical name for     →   Sydenham's chorea  
     (C17: so called because sufferers traditionally prayed to Saint Vitus (3rd-century child martyr) for relief)  

slam dance  
      vb   to hurl oneself repeatedly into or through a crowd at a rock-music concert  

snake dance  

1    a ceremonial dance, performed by the priests of the American Hopi Indians, in which live snakes are held in the mouth  

a    the swaying movements of snakes responding to a snake charmer  

b    a Hindu dance in which performers imitate such snake movements  

song and dance  

1      (Brit)   a fuss, esp. one that is unnecessary  

2      (U.S. and Canadian)   a long or elaborate story or explanation, esp. one that is evasive  

square dance  

1      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   any of various formation dances, such as a quadrille, in which the couples form squares  

2    intr   to perform such a dance  
  square-dancer      n  

step dance  
      n   a dance in which a display of steps is more important than gesture or posture, esp. a solo dance  

sun dance  
      n   a North American Indian ceremony associated with the sun, performed at the summer solstice  

sword dance  
      n   a dance in which the performers dance nimbly over swords on the ground or brandish them in the air  
  sword dancer      n  
  sword dancing      n  

tap dance  

1    a step dance in which the performer wears shoes equipped with taps that make a rhythmic sound on the stage as he dances  
  tap-dance   intr  

2    to perform a tap dance  
  tap-dancer      n  
  tap-dancing      n  

tea dance  
      n   a dance held in the afternoon at which tea is served  

toe dance  

1    a dance performed on tiptoe  

2    intr     (Ballet)   to dance on pointes  
  toe dancer      n  

war dance  

1    a ceremonial dance performed before going to battle or after victory, esp. by certain North American Indian peoples  

2    a dance representing warlike action  

Interlude: Let's dance — Janet Jackson

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