Unpopular opinion: 2016 was actually an incredible year to me, so many cool things happened!! I’ve become independent, I learned and experienced tons of things, I’ve overcome my problems and finally I achieved what I’ve wanted for so long: I am truly happy with who I am as a person! I learned how to be happy and how to stay happy, I learned what’s important and to what extent. I realised that everything is a choice and there are literally no limits!! I finally see that every minute spent on whining and crying under a blanket is a wasted minute!! There’s literally no point in being stuck in one place, life moves forward and so should I!! Every failure is a test of persistence and determination, the key is to never stop looking for solutions!!
So after a while, the paladins would totally get homesick for simple things, like music. And Coran and Allura would notice.
Coran goes back to the shop where they found Kaltenecker and buys this old-timey record player and a few records. They set it up in the ship and turn it on.
And it only plays 1920s jazz and swing music
Lance, absolutely starved for Earth music, “I can probably get down to this” and does a few dorky dance moves.
Coran and Allura look at each other like “what was that?”
They look on in confusion. And the paladins are shocked.
They try to explain the best they can about what dancing is and why they do it, but the Alteans just don’t get why it’s fun. They would use it for formal events, but never just for goofing around with friends.
Luckily, Hunk knows how to swing.
He turns up the record player, takes Allura by the hands and goes at it. She struggles to keep up for a while, but eventually, she’s just laughing and doing her best.
Coran is so excited about this strange human custom, so he takes Pidge as a partner. She was never one for dancing, but Coran takes the lead. They are by no means actually swinging, but they’re having the time of their lives and almost rolling on the floor with laughter trying to do each other’s foreign steps.
Shiro’s content just sitting next to the record player and watching all his friends have so much fun (he’s also keeping an eye on the ship so they don’t crash)
Which leaves Lance and Keith
Lance looks at Keith like (¬‿¬)
Keith rolls his eyes “Fine.” Lance takes lead.
Except Lance can’t lead for shit. He keeps looking at Hunk’s feet, which are doing stuff too complicated for him to keep up
And eventually, Keith gets fed up “If we’re going to dance, let me lead.”
Keith also knows how to swing. It goes hand-in-hand with being so agile and precise in fighting.
Everyone is amazed. Lance and Pidge knew Hunk could swing because he would listen to it in the Garrison. But KEITH?!
“I had a lot of time out in that desert shack, okay?”
Lance goes heels over head, literally. Keith dips him.
They pull out the record player anytime they’re feeling particularly down or homesick. It never fails to cheer them up.
I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal, for anarchism, for release and freedom from conventions and prejudice, should demand the denial of life and joy. I insisted that our Cause could not expect me to become a nun and that the movement should not be turned into a cloister. If it meant that, I did not want it.
Emma Goldman, activist, in response to being admonished for dancing, (’Living My Life,’ 1931)
Boy howdy, it’s rad to finally post this! This is the rowdy tune I wrote when cool pals @yugsly and @oroart asked me for something for a wild dance animation, and you should all go give it a look! A LOT of talented folks worked real hard on it and it really shows, it’s FANTASTIC!! It was also a lot of fun to do the music for!!
I really love the idea of Cass completely falling in love with dancing. She was raised to think that her body is nothing but a weapon, and dancing teaches her that she can make something beautiful with it. No matter what genre of music is playing, Cass has an uncanny ability to move with the beat in a way that can’t be taught. You know that one person who hits the dance floor and everyone around them stops and watches in awe? That’s her. Ballet is one of her favorites because of its storytelling and its elegance, so unlike the sharpness of battles. Dances have all of the good aspects of fighting –the intensity, concentration, fluidity, adrenaline– without any of the bad. Her movements aren’t being used to hurt, but to create.