Avoiding Awkward Situations

Moving and Shaking Your Way out of an Awkward Situation

You know those awkward moments when you are walking towards someone and you both are about to bump into each other, so you go one way but the person goes the same way and you end up doing some weird dance with them? I do this all the time, and if you are anything like me, you probably run into this same problem. I’ve found the best way to handle this awkward situation is to turn it into a dance. But every person has a different reaction to almost being bumped into; therefore there is a different dance for every scenario so it is imperative that you pay attention and use with caution.

The Weave:

This dance consists of ballet-like movements and should be used when the person you nearly bump into seems scared. You should be able to sense their fear by the look in their eyes, and their heavy breathing as you both go in the same direction in order to avoid each other. This is when the weave comes in. After the near-hit, you should look at the person, smile and through dance, lead them in the right direction. As you dance, you should imagine yourself as a needle and the other person or people, as fabric. Now seamlessly weave your way in and out of the crowd. Stay on your toes as you weave – not only will this make you look more like a needle, but it will also make you appear non-threatening, relaxed and radiant.

Your arms should be the only non-needlelike thing about you. They should stay loose as you move them up and down elegantly, as if you are an angel – a beautiful angel letting this poor scared soul know that you aren’t upset, hurt or annoyed. Mastering this communication, however, takes time and practice and I highly recommend you put in the effort for training. Learning and understanding the weave is not only beneficial to you but also to those around you. The weave, when done at the appropriate time by an experienced weaver, can only be described as graceful, beautiful, and breathtaking.

The Passive-Aggressive Spin:

If the person you nearly bump into seems annoyed, you are going to want to avoid their glare while maintaining your sense of self and communicating to them, “Hey, we both made a mistake. But, I’m going to be the bigger person and I’m going to kind of stand up to you.” In the Passive-Aggressive Spin, facial expression is key. You want to look like you care, but not that much and you don’t want to upset the annoyed person further. So it is crucial that you keep your eyes open and down, your mouth slightly open, your eyebrows up, and your cheekbones sunken in.  After you master the face the next thing you want to do is spin. Spinning allows you to hide your face while displaying a sense of anger. Again, you should really practice this move profusely. The facial expression is challenging by itself, but when paired with the spin it gets extremely tricky. If not practiced enough, you may trip, fall or bump into more people and you would never get the respect and honor that come with the mastered Passive-Aggressive Spin.

You should also be careful in correctly identifying the person you almost bump into as annoyed. A scared person’s reaction is dangerously close to an annoyed person reaction and the results of The Passive-Aggressive Spin on a scared person could be catastrophic.

The Boogie:

My all time favorite reaction to a near-hit is a laugh and or smile. Not only does this expression let you know that this person isn’t upset, but it also tells you that they are a fun-loving, carefree person and they’ll most likely want to get in on the dance too. So for The Boogie, there’s no set dance, you are free to move however you like. Just try your best to gauge the other person’s dancing ability in comparison to yours. If they seem like an excellent dancer and you’re not so great, don’t try anything complicated because this may cause them to become angry or embarrassed. The same goes for if they seem like a less experienced or enthusiastic dancer.

Although practice is imperative for all of these dance moves, it is also imperative that you practice walking normally. This way you will lessen the amount of time you spend weaving, boogying, and or passive-aggressively spinning your way through a crowd.

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