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Boise's Best Bad Dancer

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You know that embarrassing dad-dancing video that's making its rounds on YouTube? The off-beat, elbow-throwing, funky chicken-mimicking pops who has come to represent dance floor killers at weddings the world over? Well, according to a study published in the Telegraph and conducted by Dr. Peter Lovatt, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, those awkward dance moves are biological.

"Dr. Lovatt pointed to research showing that women could gauge the testosterone levels of their dance partners by the style and energy of their moves, and suggested that 'dad dancing' may be a way of warning women of child-bearing age that they might be better off looking elsewhere."

So, ladies, if you're looking for a babydaddy, Liquid Lounge is not your meatmarket of choice come Wednesday, June 9. Bad moves maven Sarah Shamblin has organized Boise's inaugural Best Bad Dancer Competition, which will bring together dad dancers from across the Treasure Valley to strut their rhythmless stuff for cash prizes.

"I am a terrible dancer. I had this moment in a friend of mine's kitchen, and he had music pumping and we were both dancing around and completely being spastic," said Shamblin. "I thought, 'We should do something to celebrate bad dancers like us.'"

Three local judges will critique dancers on a number of criteria, including commitment, rhythm (or lack thereof), style and believability. First place will walk out with $100 cash, second $75 and third $50. But hold up there, pardner. If you think you're going to plan out your shameless shimmying to take home the top gaudy trophy, think again.

"We'll have a list of dance music with a number assigned to each song. So, to level the playing field, every participant will pull a number ... so no one will have the advantage of choreographing anything," said Shamblin.

Wednesday, June 9, 8 p.m., $5, Liquid Lounge, 405 S. Eighth St., 208-287-5379. For more information, contact kermiteer@gmail.com.