Would You Rather: Belt It Out Or Cut A Rug?

A little known Dose Girls factoid for you all. Lisa can sing. Like more than in just the shower or alone in the car kind of way. She can actually genuinely carry a tune. So much so that she was in an acapella group in medical school called “The Fallopian Tunes”…best name ever, right??!! She swears it was nothing like Pitch Perfect, but I think she is just trying to spare my feelings.

See, she knows that I completely lack in all things musical. Like rhythm. The ability to sing on key. The understanding of what tone actually sounds like. Why simple humming shouldn’t make children clutch their ears and cry. That sort of thing.

It doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate music, though. Quite the opposite, in fact. No one loves Total Eclipse of the Heart like I do. “Turn around bright eyes”. Please. Don’t even stop me.


And you will never, I repeat never catch me dropping it like it’s hot. Or getting jiggy with it. Or shaking my money maker. Or any other ridiculous phrase related to dancing that you can think of right now. The thought of even attempting to dance makes me break out in hives.

Lisa, on the other hand, is not afraid to get down when the time is right. Or when her teenage son is standing nearby. Especially not when her teenage son AND her blogging partner/BFF are next to her. That is her prime time to show off her moves. And y’all she is really good. It doesn’t stop Bobby and me from looking for the nearest hole to crawl into, but not because she has moves like Elaine from Seinfeld or anything. We are probably just jealous that she can throw down with reckless abandon, and we are over off to the side not even wanting to tap our feet in time to the beat.


Imagine, though, if every time you heard music you either had to sing or dance? Not loudly or anything, but enough that the person standing next to you in Target while you look for detergent would definitely know that you are a fan of Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville’s rendition of Don’t Know Much. And you don’t have to bust a move like MC Hammer or anything, but you have to have enough pep in your step that there is no denying you are a Superfreak to everyone looking at the specials on cereal over in aisle 5.

This is honestly one of those Would You Rather scenarios that I feel like I can’t answer, but since that is not how the game is played I will try. Choice C, a root canal with no anesthesia is not even an option. Meanwhile, when I proposed it to Lisa, she was like, “What are you talking about? I already do both of those things anyway”.

So, I guess, if I had to choose (and in all fairness to our Dose Peeps, I do), I would probably try the singing. Oh God, just typing that out made me cry.

Which one would you choose? The singing or the dancing?

Remember, it is every time you hear music, everywhere you go. You are either doing a little impromptu concert for anyone within hearing distance or you are busting out your best moves for the enjoyment of everyone in sight.


Would you rather belt it out or cut a rug?







Would You Rather: Belt It Out Or Cut A Rug? — 105 Comments

  1. I have no musical talent whatsoever. Nada. The only time I’ll dance in public is with my daughters. They’re just so freakin’ cute that I become completely invisible. And my singing? H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E. But I think I’d have to choose singing. People would cringe, but at least there would be no bodily harm. To me or innocent bystanders! I can’t afford to pull a hammy, ya know!

    • HA HA HA Nicole! This one made me burst out laughing! You are so right about avoiding an injury…something that dancing could totally do to me!! 😉

  2. Cut a rug baby! Get jiggy wit it!!! Oh yeah. I love to dance and probably am guilty of doing this already. In public. I sing and dance (as much as you can) when I run sometimes and I may have done a few quick moves in the mall with the kids if I hear a song I like. Signing on the other hand? Only when I’m completely alone!

  3. Dancing. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket let alone in front of people. With Gia as my daughter, I am already busting a move wherever we are. I would like to think of myself as the poor man’s, non-famous Ellen. See, this way people would look and think, “Wow, she really is enjoying life” instead of “Shut up. You are hurting my ears.” P.S. When Total Eclipse of the Heart comes on, my kids run because I can’t help but belt that one out. That and Pour Some Sugar on Me. 🙂

    • Because, hello, Total Eclipse of the Heart is like the BEST song ever, right??!! Love your description of yourself…my girls and I adore Ellen! 🙂

  4. This one was pretty easy for me… since I can’t dance to save my life, I’d pick the singing one. Besides, if you have to bust one of them out in public, singing ranks slightly lower on the crazy-meter.

  5. I can actually sing so I choose the belt it out. Dancing…..yeah I tried it when my friends and I tried to start an all girl group back in the day…..I as always the uncoordinated one

  6. I do both on a regular basis too, but I think I’d choose dancing since I don’t know the words to every song. Singing the wrong words would be embarrassing. Speaking of which, I recommend checking out kissthisguy.com for some funny misheard lyrics.

    • Love that site! It always makes me laugh! I do think singing the wrong lyrics would be super embarrassing in an already embarrassing situation! 😉

  7. I would definitely choose singing. I am not a particularly good singer, but I love to sing. I sing around the house and in the car. I am no Celine Dion, but I am quite certain that my singing would be much less offensive than my awkward dancing! 🙂

    • Well, of course you can! In fact, we totally welcome double participation in the WYR questions…can you do my singing for me, too!? 😉

  8. {Melinda} This is tough. My kids don’t even like to sit next to me in church because they can’t stand to hear me sing. And dancing … an even more humiliating experience. I’d say singing. People might forget my horrible voice, but the cringe-inducing visual of me dancing would be impossible to wipe from their memories!

    • Cracking up Melinda! Love it! I do feel like the visual of me dancing would forever scar anyone in my sight line! 😉

  9. Oh! This post is so fun! I want to do both. Always. I’m already always singing. And my friends know best that I do love me a mean dance party. So I’m with Lisa on this one. This is a hard one to choose simply because I can’t decide which I want more. I’ll go with singing if I can only pick one though I suppose. Or maybe I would go every other… sing one day, then dance the next… is that a viable option?

    • You just take this scenario and run with it I say! Tell you what, I will be extra nice and let you have my turn, too…that way you don’t miss out on any of the choices! 😉

      • Well, thank you! I’ve sung in church and such, but nothing crazy. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll be brave and do some karaoke (assuming I can find a non-bar to do it in) and become famous! LOL 🙂 You can so totally get my autograph and tickets to concerts for free!

    • Note to self…never let Stacey and Lisa stand next to each other in public! 😉 Fallopian Tunes is just so awesome, right!?

  10. You mean sober? That would be tough, people would think you were insane if you did either in the grocery store. But, in a bar, I will gladly do karaoke. And when I dance, it is like no one is watching, because people turn away and shield their childrens’ eyes.

    • HA HA HA! Unless you do all your grocery shopping drunk (and no judgment from me if you do!), yes, sober. How come I never knew you did karaoke. I feel like that will be need to be proven next time we are together in real life! 😉

  11. I done both – belted it out and cut a rug – in front of a legit audience. I think I’ll go with cut a rug for this one. I’m not super fabulous at either, but I can hang. So dancing shoes it is. SN: The Fallopian Tunes…lawd!

  12. Well, I used to be in a choir. I can carry a tune but my nervousness gets to me so it sounds more like a cat screeching when it finally comes out so I’d rather hide behind a group of people. I can, dance , though! I’m actually quite good at it – which explains why I was a dancer all throughout high school and college and a choreographer. I even taught water aerobics. So, you guessed it, I would definitely dance everywhere I go since I already do that! It’s fun. Especially dancing in the gym…love the looks.


    • I’ve tried belting out “What about love’ by Heart. Hubby asked me what in the world I was singing because it did not sound remotely close to their version. lol..

  13. hahaha! I love this one. I think..I’d choose to cut a rug. I’m very awkward at both, at best. I haven’t totally given up on my dreams of being a teen popstar (oh wait, I’m 33. Yes I have), and I think if I really tried or took classes or did something drastic, I wouldn’t be that bad at singing and/or dancing. I love to dance, in that way you feel when you’re drunk and you don’t care. And I don’t drink. So it takes me a lot to get to that mode. But it happens. Every now and then.
    Every day, everywhere? Why not?

  14. I’m with Lisa-I already do both! Even when I don’t know the words. I sing and dance in the car; I bust a move to the Muzak in the grocery story. I (attempt) to sing along with the radio station in the dentist’s office. Seriously. With the tools in my mouth and everything!

    • Oh my God, this is one of my favorite answers of the day…I bet you are TOTALLY the favorite dental patient! 🙂

  15. I sing like a teenage boy reaching puberty and dance like a robot with a glitch in its system. That being said, I can’t sing without starting to croak and cough, so I think I will choose dancing. Except dancing is not really what you could call what I’d be doing….

  16. I love to do both, but I am a much better dancer than singer, so I choose cutting a rug. I would then be able to run all my errands alone, because my kids would refuse to go out with me. Score!

    • LOL Dana! That is HILARIOUS….and when you put it that way I may have to consider taking this up just to run errands solo! 😉

  17. Have mercy. Making a wallflower like me choose between those two options is like making me choose between getting bamboo spikes shoved under my fingernails or getting my eyeballs scraped out with a spork. In other words, both are complete and total torture.

    But, I have a confession to make. I was in a choir for 3 years of middle school, four years of high school, and 2 years of college. Ummm… so… yeah. I can sing. But, see above. Wallflower. I would get so nervous before going out on stage that I would almost make myself sick, and I would never, EVER try out for the solos.

    So, as much as it pains me to say it, I would pick singing. And then die of embarrassment every single time.

    • Oh man Kristen, don’t hide your light under a bushel…it sounds like you have real talent you need to be sharing with the world! I am thinking you start with a singing vlog! 😉 🙂

  18. I’ll go with cut a rug. It’s not unusual for me to break into a dance when I hear music. In fact, my husband had to set a rule that there is no dancing allowed at the dinner table. Apparently it’s distracting when everyone’s trying to eat. My boys and I totally break the rule when he’s not around though!

  19. I can’t sing OR dance. But I’d rather dance like a fool. People would laugh but I’d rather laughter than people covering their ears and crying because of my voice.

  20. y’all- before my BIG accident (blog posts are in the works) I was a 1st soprano ALL STAR & in many groups I was in I sang the lead chair (yes tooting my own horn from my younger days)! I was also a theater kid, I know- shocker right? but for the dancing- I ain’t fly for any white guy or girl- I am tall & scronny so it looks really disturbing, but, you throw a pair of clogging shoes on my feet & BAM- I am a clogging all star, I have been in state competitions in my younger days before I figured out musical theater was my gift!!!,:-) y’all did good 🙂

    • You are a clogger??? Oh my God, Lisa will be SO JEALOUS…she is obsessed with wanting to be a clogger! Can’t wait to tell her!! 🙂
      And yikes on your accident…hope everything is okay! 🙂

      • all is good minus the extreme adhd…LOL!

        Lawd yes- I LOVE clogging & my daughter is very good as well & she decided to take a break from it, she will regret it but of course try telling a kid that… I used to tear it up in some clogging shoes!!!! That’s funny! Lisa should do it, it is the BEST exercise & the most FUN EVER!!! 🙂

    • It would be really great, right…rumor has it there is a CD, but I have not been able to be alone in her house long enough to look for it! 😉

  21. I’m right there with you, Ashley, I have absolutely zero musical ability and even less rhythm!! However, I still sing – sometimes when I’m out running I forget and sing along with the music – classy!!!
    Dancing, on the other hand, only after numerous drinks!!!
    So – sing is gonna be my choice!!!

  22. This question makes me cry in fear. I guess if I pick dancing there is always the hope people will just assume I’m having some kind of seizure and feel bad for me though :-/

  23. Easy. My grade five teacher advised me that my singing voice sounded like “a rusty door.” Since then, I’ve been acutely aware that my dulcet tones are not so dulcet. My two children inherited my singing ability. My cousin, on the other hand, has a lovely voice and it is a pleasure to hear her sing. Knowing this – I shall choose dance. Just think of the weight loss possibilities.

    • That was kind of a mean thing for your teacher to say! Ouch. Total weight loss possibilities with the dancing…especially after I fall on my face and have to get my jaw wired shut! 😉

  24. Am I dreaming? This is awesome! I would love to sing and dance through life! I already sing at socially questionable times (questionable to others, that is.) I am not much of a dancer, but I would give that a go, too. 🙂

    • I thought of you when I was writing this one, honestly, because I always love when you talk about how you wish your life was a musical! 🙂

  25. I actually am having a hard time deciding here. I used to sing in high school, and LOVED it. But my problem would be that I would probably start dancing a little if I had to sing. I just can’t help myself. It’s really a bit shameful, because I’m a TERRIBLE dancer. So I guess my response is singing, but don’t be surprised if a little ball-change gets in there somewhere.

  26. Singing but I can’t say I’m good. I just like it and often burst into song whenever I hear a line that reminds me of a song! I will start dancing anywhere too – but I’m not a great dancer!

  27. While I can not carry a tune or dance … at all. Quite frankly, it doesn’t stop me from doing either. I will karaoke and cut a rug despite all the looks of amazement (and not the good kind; they kind that they are amazed that I would even try these things with my lack of ability). Why? Because there is nothing that brings you more inner joy than a song and dance. I swear it’s true. Get over your fear of being chastised in public and just do it.

    And I love to make up my own parodies Weird Al style about whatever I’m doing. My daughter now parodies songs about cleaning with her kids. She blames me.

    • You know what. I totally should. I bet you are 100% right. I would probably be a lot happier if I just danced and sang my way through life! 🙂

  28. I would choose to dance over singing any day! I took voice lessons in college because I was certain that when I had kids they would cry if I tried to sing them to sleep. They don’t cry at me anymore they just tell me to stop singing 🙂

    • HA HA HA!! Absolutely LOVE this comment so much! My children pretty much recoil in terror if I even attempt to hum in the car! 😉

  29. Definitely dance. I can’t sing either, and people singing makes me uncomfortable-because I’m nervous for them! Unless they’re good, then I can breathe a sigh of relief. I’m not a good dancer, but I kind of think I am and when I’m drunk I totally think I am. So…dance moves all the way, baby.

    • I feel the SAME way when people are singing. Like I kind of want to cry and don’t know whether to look away or not. It is totally awkward!

    • I wish I could dance, too Stephanie. In my dreams I totally can. It makes me sad that it does not translate to real life.

  30. Oh my gosh, I have no clue. I’d love to be able to do BOTH. I guess since I already can’t sing worth a dime really, then I’d love to be able to ‘cut a rug.’ I’ve always been fascinated by watching dancers. (Remember one of our favorite movies is the Step Up Revolution.)

    • Oh yes, on the rare occasions that I allow myself to sing aloud in the car alone, I am pretty sure that I sound just like an amazing singer! 😉

  31. I’m terribly unskilled at both, so this question scares me. If I had to choose, though, I’d pick singing. Badly. And Fallopian Tunes? THE VERY BEST.

    • It is just such a hard question when you feel like your skill level at either activity is like sub-par at best! 😉

  32. Oh man! That’s a tough choice! I would rather belt it out! I’m too out of shape to cut a rug these days – plus, I have a hard time keeping up with the current dance trends. Stanky leg? Dougie? Wobble? HUH?!

  33. when i was in business school, i was a back-up singer in a band called ‘moral hazard!” love the name the “fallopian tunes.” definitely tops. despite my singing capabilities, i kinda get annoyed when people just randomly start singing so i think i would prefer dancing so as not to annoy people!

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