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Who knew that backing that thang up with a drink in hand could be a valuable form of self-expression? Blurring the line between grinding on an anonymous ass and achieving art, local choreographer Daniel Phoenix Singh (pictured, with dancer Talia Dvorah Bar-Cohen) argues that throwing your hands up (or placing them on the ground, as the case may be) can be just as meritorious as more formally recognized modes of movement. “It’s social, so it’s seen as having no artistic value,” says Singh. “But if you look at the time spent training, buying new clothes, it’s like being in costume and rehearsing for a showit’s just happening in a different venue.” In an effort to de-stratify club dancing, Singh presents “Songs of My Life,” an interactive performance that transforms the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center into a strobe-light sanctuary as part of the Department of Dance’s “Making Dances/Taking Chances” series. The event features choreographed modern-dance vignettes that deal with clubland scenariosflirting, friendship, and seeing your ex rocking out to Aimee Mann in the arms of anotherinterspersed with Soul Train-style breaks in which audience and cast members alike get to get on up and dance to music spun by a live DJ. If Singh’s show is successful, a night of sweating to songs by Fiona Apple, U2, and Celia Cruz will bring participants who are gay, straight, young, old, awkward, and graceful together into one nation under a groove. Show ’em what you’re working with at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 (program repeats Friday, Dec. 5), at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. $10. For reservations call (301) 405-2787. (Sarah Godfrey)