Liquid Laughs was packed to the rafters Jan. 18 to watch a train wreck in motion: Boise's Best Bad Dancer 2. In the second installment of the bad-dance competition, contestants busted out dozens of terrible moves in the race to be crowned the worst.
Esteemed judges Minerva Jayne, Idaho Dance Theatre Company Manager Jynx Jenkins and comedian Mikey Pullman, the winner of the first Bad Dancer competition, stepped up to chairs on a podium above the dance floor.
The first contestant spun the "Wheel of Waltz," which landed on the '80s Ladies category. He set the bar high with his take on Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop," rocking out the worm, shaking his tush and stripping off his white vest.
"When you did the worm, I wanted you to be at the bottom of my bottle of tequila," Jayne told the contestant.
"You're only allowed to do the worm at a bad dance battle," said Pullman. "Or a '90s movie. So you made that decision correctly."
Next, a red-haired woman rocked the moves of Seinfeld's Elaine Benes to Wreckx-N-Effect "Rump Shaker," cocking her thumbs and kicking her feet, all the while wearing the facial expressions of Chunk from The Goonies throughout her 90-second ensemble.
The moves were a combination of every tired dance imaginable, falling somewhere on the spectrum between Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights bad and Step Up 2: The Streets bad.
Contestants raced to the bottom with tracks like Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf," Michael Jackson's "Black or White" and Chic's "La Freak."
Poorly timed hip-swaying, sprinklers, shuffles, finger-pointing and rump-shaking were rampant, leaving judges with their work cut out for them after watching nearly one-dozen contestants battle it out.
In the end, judges chose a powerfully bad performance set to Big and Rich's "Save A Horse, Ride a Cowboy," to a man known only as the "Polish Prancer." He walked off not only with a $100 cash prize, four tickets to Liquid Laughs and four tickets to Idaho Dance Theatre, but the knowledge that he was the best of the worst.