The brand-new series Wednesday is proving to be something of a sensation for Netflix, with fans praising the show for its gripping storytelling and charming nature, paying homage to The Addams Family show of 1964 on which it is based.
One particular scene in episode four directly references the classic show, with the instalment named ‘Woe What A Night’ featuring a moment when Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) goes to the Nevermore Academy Rave’N dance, and shows off her moves for the song ‘Goo Goo Muck’ by The Cramps. Though, whilst the dance moves feel rather organic, they’re actually inspired by Lisa Loring, who played Wednesday in the 1964 original.
“I actually felt really insecure about this,” Ortega told Netflix in a new behind-the-scenes video, “I choreographed that myself and I think it’s very obvious that I’m not a dancer or choreographer”.
Thanking the artists and dancers who helped her come up with the sequence, Ortega paid tribute to: “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”.
Later, keen fans of the original were quick to notice that Ortega had directly copied the moves of Loring, posting clips that compared both dancers online.
Take a look at the comparison video below and enjoy Wednesday on Netflix, an excellent spin-off show that surpasses all expectations.