Why do we dance? Put on your boogyin' shoes and check out the podcast below to find out.

As always, the "enhanced" version of the podcast (with chapters, pictures, and webs links) is available from iTunes.


Everybody dance now! But what's behind all that dancing? We'll find out this week.

Some places - your local discotheque, for example - are associated with dancing. Other places... not so much. Sook-Yin will head out to her local mall to see if she can find some strangers to join in an impromptu dance party.

With over 30 million YouTube views, Matt Harding has to be the world's most popular dancer... who can't actually dance. Tune in to find out why everyone wants to be his dance partner.

How does a type-A personality learn to relax and let someone else take the lead? Janet Carlson will explain why for her, the tricky part of learning ballroom dance wasn't getting the steps down.

When Canadian director Paul Saltzman discovered a high school where black kids and white kids were forbidden to dance together, he picked up the phone and asked Morgan Freeman for help. And then he grabbed his movie camera... Paul will chat with Sook-Yin about the resulting movie, Prom Night in Mississippi.

Everyone's got a signature dance move. Elaine Chau will explain how she developed hers babysitting her three-year-old sister.

What is your 16-year-old daughter doing when she sneaks out on a Friday night? Probably the foxtrot at the seniors' centre. Seriously. We'll find out why Candy Palmater did exactly that.

Sook-Yin will tell us why banana beer plus a harvest festival are a recipe for dancin' like a fool in Senegal.

Some of us really love to shakeour tail feathers. Others are not quite so eager to get their groove on. And part of the difference may be in your scientifically-measurable "dance confidence." Rachel Sanders will explain.

When we get physical, the dance floor can turn into a combat zone. We'll hear what went wrong when Winnipeg rapper Pip Skid had a dance floor battle with musician Greg MacPherson.... and ask the guys (who've since made up) to play us a tune, live in studio.

As a child, Habiba Nosheen was convinced she was a future Bollywood dance star. She's since had a change of heart. She'll tell us about the day the dancing died.

Is dancing still fun when it becomes your job? Sook-Yin will find out when she talks with National Ballet of Canada principal dancer Heather Ogden.

Wabanakwut Kinew had a dream of being a dancer... literally. He'll tell us why every summer, he takes on the grueling challenge of the Sun Dance.

And here's this week's playlist:

Jamiroquai - "Canned Heat"
Bronx Cheerleader - "The Art of Dancing"
Tanga - "Carlitos Ceballos"
Mike Evin - "We Should Dance"
Fatboy Slim - "Praise You"
Meaghan Smith - "Take Me Dancing"
Pip Skid w/ Greg MacPherson - "What Have We Done" (live in studio)
Chromeo - "Fancy Footwork"
Birds of Wales - "The Fine Art of Ballet Dancing"
Sparks - "The Number One Song In Heaven"

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