Wednesday’s Dance Scene Complaints Completely Miss The Point

The dance scene in Wednesday season 1, episode 4, “Woe What A Night,” has received unwarranted complaints by fans on TikTok, which misses the point of the character’s awkwardness. Dancing to “Goo Goo Muck” by The Cramps, Jenna Ortega choreographed Wednesday’s scene herself, which has launched a series of imitations and complaints of second-hand embarrassment for the bizarre moves. Fans are pointing out how uncomfortable Wednesday Addams’ choreography is at the Rave’N dance, which sees the title character engaging in unconventional moves as she’s surrounded by classmates at the center of the dance floor. While audiences are right in that Wednesday’s dances aren’t typical for a high school dance scene, that’s exactly the point.

Wednesday is an outcast at the Nevermore Academy school for outcasts, so even though these characters are used to the bizarre, the Addamses’ eldest daughter goes the extra mile to distance herself from others. The Addams Family’s charm is that they stand out due to their perceived strangeness, with unconventional dance moves at an event where teens are more insecure being a great way to exemplify Wednesday’s uniqueness. True, her dance moves are seen as weird, but this is who Wednesday Addams is, and she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.

Why Wednesday’s Dance Scene Is So Good

Wednesday season 1’s dance scene receiving complaints about being too weird is the series’ intended response, which is why it’s so perfect for the character. The dance scene proves how brilliantly Jenna Ortega embodies the character of Wednesday Addams, and especially the kooky and eerie nature of the entire Addams family. Wednesday’s dance is even better considering Jenna Ortega choreographed it, with her inspirations coming from fitting sources, including the very first live-action Wednesday Addams.

One of the main inspirations for Wednesday’s “odd” dance was Lisa Loring, who originally played Wednesday in the 1960s sitcom. Loring’s dancing as Wednesday in the sitcom has also circulated the internet in recent years, so Ortega’s strange dancing is a nod to the hit series and the pervasive eccentricity of the characters. Ortega also took inspiration from videos of goth clubs in the 1980s, which gives Wednesday season 1’s gothic dance more authenticity. The various inspirations and Wednesday’s song choice of 1981’s “Goo Goo Muck” by The Cramps make the dance timeless in relation to The Addams Family, perfectly embodying the gothic essence of the misfit Wednesday Addams even in a modern context.

Wednesday’s Dance Scene Is Important For Her Character

With the whole school watching her, Wednesday season 1’s dance scene is important as an example of her individuality shining through in an outcast-heavy school. Not only is Wednesday wearing black while the rest of the dance is dressed in white, but her classmates are all dancing in ways that move with the norm or keep from drawing unwanted attention. Wednesday isn’t necessarily asking for attention in her dance scene, but it demonstrates that she truly doesn’t mind if anyone stares at her. As a character, the unsmiling Wednesday Addams has always been a champion of awkward and misunderstood outcasts, but she holds herself with dignity and confidence that make Wednesday’s “odd” dance moves look cool.

 

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Author: Seebal Rana

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