The beautiful thing about Tay’s so-bad-they’re-good moves is that she knows she’s awkward, and the girl f—king OWNS it. As she reminded us in “Shake It Off,” she’s dancing on her own and she makes the moves up as she goes, thankyouverymuch.
But we’re still left with one burning question: what exactly IS her signature move? One fan decided to pose that question by posting a GIF on Tumblr of Ed Sheeran looking on as Taylor is straight-up ~feelin’~ the music, as per usual.
“The way Ed just turns around like ‘what the hell are you doing Taylor.’ But seriously Taylor… what do you call this dance move?” the fan asked her, speaking on behalf of all of us everywhere. “Taylor this is so important, we need a name for this move.”
As we’ve all seen before, the social media-savvy superstar can be quite the internet troll, so she decided to address the fan’s question with an awesome and self-deprecating response in which she revealed the name of her signature move is “The Mom-Croon.”
Allow Tay to explain:
“The Mom-Croon - (noun) A dance move invented at the 2014 Grammy Awards. To sway, perform, and sing along to a song in an extremely emotional or sentimental way, possibly incorporating hand gestures. Eyes closed, lost in the music. The way your mom gets taken away by a tune from her high school days, glass of red wine in hand, shuffling around the room as her teenage kids roll their eyes in disdain.
“Cynics may judge the Mom-Crooners (MC’s as they are commonly referred to in the dance world) as it is a form of dance only perfected by those willing to be absolutely swept away by the feels you get when you hear a certain song,” she continued. “Those who know how to Mom Croon cannot see the eye rolls of haters. They have reached a level of musical transcendence that is hater-proof. Once you perfect the mom croon, you are truly free.”
And because Taylor is nothing if not admirably thorough, she added:
“Used in a sentence: ‘Oh look, Taylor’s being embarrassing again– just mom-crooning away in the corner by herself because Sometimes by Britney Spears came on. Oh God. Now she’s crying.’”
So there we have it, folks. We no longer have to speak of Taylor’s “weird award show dancing that’s honestly more interesting than any performance happening at the time.” We finally have a NAME for it! Now if only we could get Webster’s Dictionary to add “Mom-Croon” to its collection… Tay’s already done the bulk of the work for them, after all.
Until then, let’s enjoy a couple more GIFs of “The Mom-Croon” in all its “swept away” splendor: