Please watch these ‘New Dance Show’ dancers work it out to New Edition’s music

Long live “The New Dance Show.”

It’s forever embedded in the minds of Detroiters, starting with its original run on WGPR, then subsequent reruns on various public access channels, then resurfacing on YouTube and, finally, a key part of the new WGPR museum opened earlier this month. At the forefront of every black musical trend in the last few decades, “The New Dance Show” (and “The Scene” and “Contempo”) was right there.

Seeing as BET is premiering “The New Edition Story” tonight across three nights, I decided to dive into the archives and see how much of New Edition’s – or any of the group’s members — music made it onto “The New Dance Show.” And yep, there’s plenty.

Let’s start with this 1989 clip of the gang bouncing to Bobby Brown’s “On Our Own” from the “Ghostbusters II” soundtrack:


Please take note of the following dancers: The brother in the superhero suit whose masculinity was not at stake at all, the possible DeBarge sibling with the ponytail and crop top, and homegirl with the spinning ring.

The gang returned for a second go-round of “On Our Own” a little later”:

And just so y’all know 90s-00s babies know, Kash Doll did NOT invent the bodycon/long ponytail combo.

That same year, New Edition’s “Crucial” found its way into rotation:

So many Winkelman’s and M.J. Carroll fashions but if you really wanted to stand out you had to serve A LOOK like this tenderoni in the leopard (is that a Guess? outfit tho?) here.

At the top of the 1990s was Bell Biv Devoe’s “I Thought It Was Me”:

…a song so hot and definitive of New Jack Swing they had to bring it back again:

One time for that early 1990s Afrocentricism, though — when you couldn't leave the house without a Kufi, an ankh or one of those leather medallions.

We couldn’t find any Ralph Tresvant clips, but surely Johnny Gill will suffice. Yeah, you know “My, My, My,” but ask your auntie about “The Floor” from ‘93:

Speaking of 1993, can we talk about how the hair was getting bigger and bigger by the mid-90s? But you know how we do in the D.

Finally, we’re back to Bobby B with “Humpin’ Around”, which actually came out in 1992 but let’s just go ahead bookend this post with the King of Stage:

Get into these bodyrolls.

R.J. Watkins needs a street named after him for all of the blessings he's bestowed. But make sure to watch that New Edition biopic tonight.

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