- No shame. (Photo: YouTube/designowl)
On the Fourth of July, a group of Annandale teenagers who dubbed themselves the "Metro Party Boys" soared to a surprising level of fame. Why? Dance moves. These few young people hopped onto Metro trains and didn't stop hopping, clapping, singing, and dancing on the Blue Line, the songs ranging from Cee Lo Green to Disney classics. I found these videos online early on July 5th when searching YouTube — I featured many of the videos and revealed the boys' identities as high schoolers. Since then, the boys have been interviewed by local broadcasters, covered elsewhere, formed a Twitter account for the Metro Party Boys, and expressed a stronger desire than ever to continue their song-and-dance transit routine.
The response from D.C. has been mixed. Some applaud their good intentions and desire to bring joy to riders' commutes. Others have railed against unnecessary and unasked for noise and distraction on the trains. FixWMATA.com even added a page on their homepage titled "Entertainment," which slammed the Metro Party Boys as a safety hazard and needless distraction.
Move @FixWMATA get out the way, we runnin over haters like a metro train
But I'd like to recognize something else — the Metro Party Boys are hardly the first dancers to take to our WMATA trains. They didn't invent this form of transit celebration. Here, I present a few classic videos of D.C. Metro dancing. Enjoy, consider, and relish in the strange, distracting world of Metro entertainment. The first performance should be commended for its resoluteness.
Here, a man who loves his earbuds. Watch the gyrations, watch the gusto. He may be short but there's no deficit of passion here.
Every weekend becomes its own mini-dance party on the Metro when you just add alcohol. Whether around Adams Morgan, U Street, or Dupont, you'll find revelers like these ones, ready to start moving their feet.
Not technically a dancing video, this one shows a train operator crooning a little Michael Jackson to the passengers of the train's first Metro car. The track is a relevant one: "You Are Not Alone." A man lets loose on a Metro platform. Classic moves from a few young masters of break dancing:
And who doesn't need a little Ke$sha for their commute? Lastly, this video proves that the Metro poles can be more useful than for simply balance.