April 22, 2012

I Wanted To Be a Solid Gold Dancer

Are you old enough to remember watching Solid Gold?  The Dancing with the Stars variety show of the 80's?  I am, and proud.  Those were the days before Dionne Warwick talked to dead people.  Looking for a photo for this is pretty darn hard, but I can't very well write a post about the Solid Gold Dancers without a photo can I?  We'll see how long this lasts before they shut me down.  I'm a rebel.  By the way, I know you're humming the theme song.

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Solid Gold Dancers 1983



I loved everything about the Solid Gold dancers.  Their awesome aqua net teased hair, loads of make-up, the headbands, I was ALL about the headbands, the glittery costumes that cut up to their stomachs, the "sun-tanned pantyhose" {remember when "suntan" was a color option?} and I wanted a pair of those gold shoes.  I would've done anything for the shoes.  What can I say, I like sparkly things..and shoes, undeniable combo there.  I think even now I would kill for the blonde’s hair in the center.

So every Saturday night my sister and I would dance around our living room living out our dream to be a solid gold dancer, and for that hour, even during commercial breaks, we were living the dream.  I wonder if the Solid Gold dancers got flack like the dancing with the stars ladies?  The nay sayers that say the costumes are inappropriate, that they are affecting young girls’ self-esteem?  I idolized these dancers, yet I don't wear backwards thongs in public, or ever, ouch, like the blonde up there. Nor do I wear the gold shoes for that matter; but I would.  The solid gold dancers didn't turn me into some crazed hoochie.  In fact after I accepted the realization that I cannot dance, at all, and even lessons failed me; I opted for the Pediatrician route.  That plan ran its course too about my senior year of high school when I decided I wasn't up for 7 more years of school and debt.  My pediatrician dreams did keep me on the straight and narrow with good grades and I took Latin, which is doing me worlds of good these days let me tell you. 

At any rate, I didn't just love those dancers for their fame, I don't think I've ever wanted fame, I just wanted to look pretty and be able to dance that well.  I was struck by their talent.  I would also kill to high-kick like that.  I am always in awe of people's hidden or not so hidden gifts and talent.  It's so inspiring to me.

All that glitters is not solid gold.  Who did you emulate when you were young?  What did you want to be when you "grew" up?

Brought to you by the letter "S", A-Z Challenge, I'm going to go look for some gold shoes.






29 comments:

  1. When I was young (like that young) I wanted to be Mrs. Michael Jackson or Mrs. Donny Osmond. It didn't matter which one...they were both so awesome! I guess that wasn't meant to be was it?

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    1. I totally wanted to marry Michael, in his younger years, of course. Lost interest around the 2nd plastic surgery and BAD album. I don't think Donny actually ages...

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  2. OMG YES!!!!!! I totally wanted to be a Solid Gold Dancer. Didn't everyone?

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    1. That's what I thought too! Something magical about them.

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  3. I loved the Solid Gold Dancers but I had no rhythm...

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    1. I thought I was pretty bad-ass in my living room. It was probably more about the costume for me...I'd just throw on my swimming suit and tease my hair.

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  4. I remember Solid Gold. I watched it quite often as well. I never wanted to be a dancer, but as a teen, I pretty much wanted to sleep with all of the ladies who danced. LOL! I enjoyed that show and Dance Fever with Deney Terrio.

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    1. Oh yeah, I watched dance fever too. Once my babysitter made me turn it off and read the bible. Common practice in the bible belt.

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  5. I wanted to be Blair on the Facts of Life. How weird and obnoxious is that. What I remember most from Solid Gold was that old lady puppet. I don't remember wanting to be a dancer though.

    And whut? You can't dance at all? We're totally doing a Stache and Mullet Go Clubbin now.

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    1. Well thank God it wasn't Tootie! I actually saw Blair speak at a convention a few years ago and I kept having flashbacks of FOL and Ms. Garrett during her entire speech. And yes, she did say, "you take the good, you take the bad"...

      Yes, I CAN dance. I have some rhythm. Drop it like it's hot? No. Any kind of dance requiring choreographed moves, not a chance.

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  6. Oh my GAWD! I'd forgotten about those dancers. What a hoot. They were the thing to be, weren't they? You don't look old enough to remember that show. ;-) I'm into DWTS now. My daughter and I even bought the workout tape. And do we LAUGH!!!!

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    1. I'm stuck on, "you don't look old enough to remember that show". You are now my favorite, Mare.

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  7. Lmao I remember seeing the Solid Gold Dancers! I've always loved to watch people dance, amazing how good they are. I would have absolutely loved to see you dancing around in your living room, hehe. When I was young we watched Kung Foo Theater on Sundays, and then we would Kung Foo all over the house, good times!!!!

    @Christina - That is hilarious, I so wanted to be Jo from the Facts of Life! She was a bad ass, so I guess I did turn into her a bit. :-D

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    1. Yes, I do believe there is some hidden footage lurking on the internet. I'm not kidding about that either. Maybe one day I'll get the courage to post it...although highly unlikely. I was always torn between Jo and Blaire.

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