The Fishstick: Dance Without Dancing

Chris Higgins

Two years ago, I wrote How To Dance While Barely Moving: the "Fishstick," about a new dance craze. Well, a new crazy dance. The Fishstick is a remarkable dance that involves virtually no movement. As I posted previously, here are the rules on how to perform the Fishstick:

1. Beginners should perform the Fishstick to the tune “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & the Drells. “For presentation and learning purposes, you would want ['Tighten Up'] going.” -Adam Lisagor 2. The Fishstick should be subtle. “Unless you’re really staring at someone doing the Fishstick, you wouldn’t know that they were dancing.” -Scott Simpson; “…the Fishstick is mostly happening in your head.” -Merlin Mann 3. Performances may look like minor neurological disorders. To an untrained observer, “it might look like somebody was thinking about something…maybe trying to remember something, or that they’re having a very slight palsy.” -Merlin Mann 4. While generally done as a solo dance, the Fishstick can be performed “alone, with a study partner, or while [...] waiting for something to finish cooking.” -Merlin Mann

Now, two years after its creation, a fan tribute to the Fishstick shows people around the world getting down. Or...barely moving, anyway. Check it out:

Fish Schtick from luomat on Vimeo.

Even more wonderful: a drummer performing an amazing Fishstick while drumming.