So you think you can dance?

Allison Tait blog
Posted on July 29, 2010

Alla Hoo Hoo has been giving Mr3 dancing lessons. His newfound skills appeared, quite suddenly, during dinner about a week ago. He put down his fork, stood up, took a step back and began to move, overtaken by an urge he could not explain.

He was a whirling dervish of clapping, foot stomping, knee slapping beauty in red flannel pyjamas. His blonde hair flew as he turned faster and faster, cheeks reddening with effort, eyes sparkling with joy.

The Builder and I could only sit, open-mouthed, and take it all in. It was like watching someone possessed.

The actual dance itself is difficult to describe. Imagine a slapping/tapping/Lederhosen style of Germanic origin, crossed with an Irish jig and some Scottish sword work.

Spectacular does not begin to describe it.

He is earnest about practising his new moves. Willing to demonstrate them at the drop of a hat.

He told me that his ‘friend’ Alla Hoo Hoo taught him everything she knows. At all the parties they frequent together, no doubt. Which, it transpires, they attend in her purple forklift.

How she manages the complexity of moves in her ‘big shoes is quite beyond me, but he assures me that she always wears purple shoes and that’s the secret.

Sometimes, I wonder about Alla Hoo Hoo. The other day, we were driving around when Mr3 suddenly burst into song. A song that Mr6 didn’t know and hadn’t taught him. A song that I hadn’t taught him. A song that I’m pretty sure The Builder doesn’t know.

“Did you learn that at preschool?” I asked, after the requisite round of applause and effusive compliments on his singing that he requires. Nay, demands.

“No,” he said, serene, looking out the window. “Alla Hoo Hoo taught me.”

Mr6 and I were silent. Our eyes met in the mirror. Wondering… Well, wouldn’t you?


  1. tinsenpup

    You do have to wonder sometimes, don’t you? It’s impossible for me not to think deliciously ridiculous thoughts about sweet little ghost friends. Having said that I had (non-ghostly) imaginary friends when I was small. I can assure you they were still quite vividly real to me.

  2. Tat @ Mum in search

    This story makes me jealous, I don’t remember having an imaginary friend as a child and it sounds like so much fun!

  3. Cath

    Yes, it was about the time that the Munchkin started doing moonwalks and backspins in the kitchen, with the lights out, a torch providing a spotlight, that we thought some real dancing lessons were in order – pity Alla Hoo Hoo wasn’t available, would have been a lot cheaper!

    Missed this the first time, so nice to catch on the Rewind!

  4. Veronica @ Mixed Gems

    This was my first introduction to Alla Hoo Hoo and I loved it so much I had to dig through past posts. Bit sad to hear Alla Hoo Hoo has left the fold and moved of Sydney in May. I wonder if my little girl will end up with an imaginary friend although she has quite a few good friends at Childcare so that might be enough.

  5. Nee Say

    I’m surprised my eldest hasn’t got a “friend” like Alla Hoo Hoo. He’s got a fantastic imagination AND some spectacular dance moves 😉

  6. jennifersmart

    We’ve had a Hassie, a Mody and now we have an Arby who have all performed a similar role in our household. Although Mody was always naughty!
    And as an ex Highland dancer I’m delighted to hear about the Scottish Sword work.

  7. life without mathematics

    Rewinding the weekend. Loving trying to visualise the dance! The Germanic/Irish/Scottish number sounds quite spectacular. I think there’s nothing sweeter for a Mummy to see one of her babes turning on some moves. Thanks for sharing the fun!

  8. MultipleMum

    Your WR link is done so I shall remedy so that others can share the love of Alla Hoo Hoo. Oh how I miss her! Bron’s idea about a book is brilliant. You simply must! Thanks for Rewinding x

  9. allison tait

    Thank you so much Crazy Garden Lady. Your comment completely made my day. 🙂

  10. Crazy Garden Lady

    I’m with PinkPatentMaryJanes – I want an Alla Hoo Hoo as well!

    I introduced my Mum to your blog last night, specifically Mr3 and Alla Hoo Hoo, and it completely made her day, so thank you.

  11. Kakka

    Next time, can I suggest, you grab the video so we can indeed share in this amazing dance – it sounds FAB. I wish I had a fried like Alla Hoo Hoo too.

  12. Cakeblast

    I am a new follower from Friendly Friday! http://cakeblast.com

    I love the cute stories on your blog – you need to grab a camcorder and capture some of Mr3’s moves!

  13. katiegirl

    Nice!! Imagine what a fun-filled world it would be if there were more Ally Hoo Hoo’s around.

    ALso, do you have a picture of this pink fibro, perchance? I’m intrigued…

  14. Bodaciousboomer

    OMG! Your DH got up and actually danced without a gun to his head or being threatened with no sex til the next millennium? Can you clone him pls?

  15. Mass Hole Mommy

    Hi there! I’m your newest follower!

  16. jennoreilly

    ha, cute! I love when my daughters ‘friend’ Eliza makes appearances. Eliza is always so polite and loves to hear stories about when Cake was a baby.
    Here from FFF! Happy Weekend!

  17. Lori @ RRSAHM

    Doo doo doo doo. Wondering, indeed….

  18. Alex Brooks

    Will Alla hoo hoo come and teach me to boogie? Man, do I need some lessons

  19. Jen

    Alla hoo hoo sounds very educational 🙂 I’ve just found you via fybf and will have to read more (and will be following you 🙂 )

  20. Mel @ Little Ted Canvas

    Gorgeous! Alla Hoo Hoo sounds like lots of fun! We were watching our guys dance at thier first disco last weekend, hilarious! So much fun was being had on that dance floor while hubby & I were watching on in tears & fits of laughter – priceless. Thanks for popping over & leaving your lovely comment..

  21. Gill@OurParklife

    i agree with maxabella – you have the makings of a great book there! Alla Hoo Hoo sounds like so much fun…..i could do with some of her dancing lessons

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  23. Maxabella

    The very idea that Alla Hoo Hoo might really exist is magical. I just love her. Could you pretty please with vodka on top write a children’s book about her so we can all bring a little piece of her into our children’s lives? The book would, of course, be credited to Mr 3 and dedicated to imaginary friends, wherever they may be.

  24. MommaPebz

    Thanks SO MUCH for linking up with Where’s The Love Friday! ♥

  25. Naomi

    So jealous – my daughter has a friend but his name is ‘Dark Eye’ count your blessings my friend, count your blessings!

  26. livinglifeasme

    I am also beginning to think Alla Hoo Hoo is real. Either that or you have one hell of a budding writer there. Mr 3 sounds awesome. I think you need to get him started in the theatre asap.

  27. Karen Collum

    That is so cute! My Master 5 has a band of creatures that he calls ‘The Little Fuzzies’ that occasionally accompany us places but nothing as extravagant as Alla Hoo Hoo. She sounds quite the riot. Maybe I need to get her to teach me how to dance…

  28. Deer Baby

    Give that boy a show! It would be fantastic. I’d pay good money to see that kind of dancing. Better than Riverdance, better than A Chorus Line or MJ’s Smooth Criminal (which is my son’s favourite routine at the moment – when he does the sideways slope, he usually falls over).

    I’m beginning to think Alla Hoo Hoo is really……alive.

  29. In My House

    I can feel a childrens book coming on… “The Wacky Adventures of Alla Hoo Hoo”.

  30. allison tait

    @Shauna He is a cracker, it’s true. 🙂

  31. Shauna

    Mr 3 sounds absolutely brilliant

  32. MultipleMum

    I am loving the Alla Hoo Hoo Chronicles. She sounds like the best kind of friend ever. So much fun to be had!

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