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Thread #100807   Message #2026188
Posted By: Azizi
15-Apr-07 - 05:14 PM
Thread Name: Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers
Subject: RE: Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers
Here are two examples of "Gigalo". I've numbered these examples for the purpose of discussion.

GIGALO {Version #1}
Gig ah lo-o
Gig gig a lo-o
Gig ah lo-o
Gig gig a lo-o
Hey, Kayla                 
Are you ready to gig?
Gig what?
My hands up high
My feet down low
And this is the way
I gig a lo *
Her hands up high
Her feet down low
And this is the way she gigalos

{repeat from the beginning with the next soloist, and continue until everyone in the group has a turn as soloist}

-TMP, foot stomping cheer; remembrance of mid to late 1980s, Pittsburgh, PA; also collected by Azizi Powell in Pittsburgh, PA in 2004 among African Americans girls 6-10 years old.

* The soloist does a contemporary dance. In the final group portion, the soloist continues dancing while the other members of the group join in doing their own version of same dance.


GIGALO {Version #2}
This is a handclap/foot stomping cheer called Gigolo.
Group: Hey [girls name]
Girl: Yeah!
Group: Hey [girls name]
Girl: Yeah
Group: Are you ready to Gigolo?
Girl: Well, my hands up high, my feet down low and thats the way I gigolo (does dance/motion of her own)
Group: Well, her hands up high, her feet down low and thats the way she gigolos (group repeats the unique dance/motion)
(Repeat with a new girl and new dance/motion.)
-FloJaune G; Pittsburgh, PA; 2000s; email to Azizi Powell; FloJaune described this as "a handclap/foot stomping cheer".