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People think they've found original scene from 50 years ago that inspired Wednesday's iconic dance

People think they've found original scene from 50 years ago that inspired Wednesday's iconic dance

The lone daughter of the Addams family is entertaining millions in Netflix's Woe What a Night

She's creepy and she's kooky...and she's apparently not afraid to take some dancing inspiration from a movie classic.

Since making her Netflix debut on 23 November, Wednesday Addams, played by Jenna Ortega, has entertained millions of streamers with her deadpan expressions and twisted personality.

The lone daughter of the Addams family is known for her obsession with death - less so for her moves on the dance floor.

In episode four 'Woe What a Night', a Rave N Dave is hosted for the students of Nevermore High, of which Wednesday is a new attendee.

Check out the routine for yourself below:

Reluctantly in attendance as the date of Tyler Galpin, played by Hunter Doohan, Wednesday cuts loose as she flails her arms around and spins across the dance floor, all whilst dressed completely in black.

Viewers were left fascinated by the bizarre display, as they speculated on where the inspiration for Wednesday's moves came from.

One TikTok user believes she knows the answer, as she put a clip of Wednesday's dance alongside a clip from Bob Fosse's musical-comedy film Sweet Charity.

The film, which was released over fifty years ago in 1969, features a segment in which actress Suzanne Charny enters the stage, flanked by two male dancers.

Charny then breaks out into a wild dance that sees her throwing her arms above her head, whilst her back-up dancers thrust their pelvises forward upon entering the stage.

In a tweet, Ortega revealed that the dance was inspired by multiple sources: "Siouxsie Sioux, Bob Fosse’s Rich Man’s Frug, Lisa Loring, Lene Lovich, Denis Lavant, and archival footage of goths dancing in clubs in the ’80’s. Helped me out on this one."

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in the popular Netflix series.

The number bears a striking resemblance to the moves performed by Ortega in 2022, but TikTok commenters saw nods to other musical dance numbers.

One wrote: "Little Lady Gaga or Sia Chandelier vibes", whilst another commented: "Also a little monster mash, and that weird freaky doll movie that just came out."

Another viewer said: "I can also see some Lady Gaga elements."

A fellow commenter felt Wednesday had taken a leaf out of the King of Pop's book: "Nah, is totally Thriller Michael Jackson!"

Regardless of who viewers believe Wednesday was influenced by for her performance on the dance floor, the Tim Burton directed show has proved to be a smash-hit with audiences.

The show has knocked the fourth season of Stranger Things off its throne as the English series with the biggest opening week on Netflix, with 341 million hours of viewing worldwide.

This is 6 million than the latest outing from Hawkins, Indiana, which secured a respectable 335 million back in June.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix / Universal Pictures

Topics: Film and TV, Music, Celebrity