What is the Dancery that Mary J. Blige Was Talmbout?

You know Mary J. Blige’s hit song “Family Affair” and I bet you’ve jammed to it many a times at parties or in your house. I’ve definitely hit my Mary bop on countless occasions because that song goes so hard in the paint.

But I’ve always wondered things about the song. The lyrics pique my interest and my eyebrows go up all chola-like. ^__^

Sister Mary No Clarence Blige said “Don’t need no hateration, holleration in this dancery.” So I’m always thinking what is a dancery? I have my theories. Let me share them with you.

I really think dancery is a bakery, but instead of cupcakes, dance moves are made. Especially those that require nothing more than a two-step. At danceries, they’ll teach you the exact formula of the “Mary Bop.”

And there’ll be a sign that says “Do not Haterate” in every room. There’ll also be a “Holleration not allowed” sign when you walk into the dancery. So folks know the rules straight out. I’m not quite sure what a holleration is but I’m sure there’ll be customer service reps there to clarify.

This is what I imagine the sign will look like:

Dancery chart

But don’t get it twisted. Instructors at the dancery will be letting folks know that perculating is encouraged. And perculate they will.

I won’t lie, though. I’d love to visit a dancery. I imagine it to have dancers in aprons, doing pliés and coming up with new moves. Plus, there is no drama in the dancery. Only joy. And tutus. And onesies. And people who are passionate about spreading the message and the jig of the Mary bop. It seems like such a positive place to go. Mary J Blige is a visionary.

I’ma write a book called “So I visited a dancery…” It’ll be drawn Dr. Seuss style and It’ll be awesome. Don’t steal my idea. I got friends in law school. (-__-)

Yes. I’d really like to visit a dancery. They prolly got good snacks and endless rice.

So whatchu think a dancery is?

And let me leave you with this gif of emoting Mary.

Mary J blige gif

Edit (5/16/15): It has come to my attention that Mary might have been saying “Dance Soiree.” It has also come to my attention that I refuse to believe things I don’t want to believe. BECAUSE: NAWL! DANCE SOIREE NEVER. DANCERY FOREVER!

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  • Sticky-n-Sweet October 22, 2012, 6:24 pm

    Can we talk about that “Yonkers shake” she did at the end of that video, though? Or the zebra bi-level weave? So many gems in that video…

  • doneinthedark October 22, 2012, 6:29 pm

    I’ve always imagined it was spelled “dancerie” and that everything was all brightly colored and that fried fish was in abundance.

    • Luvvie October 22, 2012, 6:39 pm

      I wrestled w/ the spelling for a bit and then settled w/ “dancery.” “Danceries” is its plural form. Yes.

      • Lex May 18, 2015, 11:41 pm

        Where is my can????!!! LOL

  • Karima October 22, 2012, 6:32 pm

    Oh, Luvvie–how I *do* love you for this! I’ve been perplexed and flummoxed by these particular lyrics for years now. Just what *is* a dancery? Is it like a hatchery? A cannery? Even an infirmary??? Now, at least you’ve ventured a guess, a theory that I can ponder. Thank you, ma’amselle. Thank you!

    • Luvvie October 22, 2012, 6:39 pm

      Girl you and everyone else. Mary needs to do an exposé to tell us about the time she went to the dancery.

      • Miss Wits October 23, 2012, 11:43 pm

        Perhaps this mystery will be revealed in her VH1 “Behind The Music” or “E! True Hollywood Story” special or something. We must pray.

  • Lis October 22, 2012, 6:34 pm

    I have been asking what the HECK a dancery is since that song came out and no one could explain! I’m SO glad you cleared this up Ms. Luvvie! LOL

  • Shikki October 22, 2012, 6:36 pm

    I have always wondered what that was.I figured I was singing the wrong lyrics.

    • Luvvie October 22, 2012, 6:39 pm

      A lot of folks thought they were singing the wrong lyrics. But nawl. It seems Mary meant it like we heard it.

  • Natasha October 22, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Luvvie…I got nothing. All of y’all go satcho asses down in the VIPery!

  • Manda October 22, 2012, 6:54 pm

    Dancery = dance soiree in tweet speak or just plain mispronounced.. That was always my theory..

    • Luvvie October 22, 2012, 6:56 pm

      But the song came out before Twitter.

      • Manda October 22, 2012, 7:08 pm

        Good point.. But for analogies sake “I’m a need a new alphet for the #dancery”

    • LuvvNationDisciple May 18, 2015, 1:12 pm

      Manda — you were clearly ahead of your time. we should have listened.


      • KK May 19, 2015, 12:20 am

        RIGHT?!! She must’ve had a time machine or is severely a Mary interpreter.

    • KK May 19, 2015, 12:18 am

      3 years later and you were 100% correct, girl!!!

  • Brenda October 22, 2012, 7:11 pm

    Omigosh!!! My friends told me that I was “overthinking” it when I asked some of these very same questions! Thanks for clearing that ish up. Lol!!!!!

  • KayMac October 22, 2012, 7:29 pm

    I understand the “dancery” and the “hateration” part but I reeeeeally need to know what holleration is…is that where no one can try to holler, bcuz we’re all just here to do the Harlem and/or Yonkers Shake?? #QuestionsThatNeedAnswers

  • MimiLuvs October 22, 2012, 7:43 pm

    I had totally forgotten that Mary had sung the word “dancer”.
    As you can see, Mary J. Blige had graduated from the “Sean “Diddy” Combs Institute of Making up Words Just So The Words Can Rhyme University”.
    Sean Combs is guilty of giving words the DJ Screw treatment.

  • theMochaPeach October 22, 2012, 7:53 pm

    I think a “dancery”…is like..not quite an upscale club…but not quite the rachet hood spot w/ that one door in…one door out..like it might have USED To be a strip club….Fat Mike Mike..on the door..w/ a gratuitous “pat down” by Big Pat the butch doorwoman. Perhaps it is a skating rink that turns into the club afterwards…and there is an abundance of like…chicken wings and Malt Liquor and the “fancy” drink is some Hypnotiq or Nuvo…and folks sweat their perms and quick weaves out real hard…..and you smoke weed on the floor…

    • KayMac October 23, 2012, 2:30 pm

      I imagine, in this dancery, females take their shoes off when their feet start hurting bcuz of the shoes they got from Rainbow…(O___O) lol…so lots of females dancing w/o any shoes…

    • LuvvNationDisciple May 18, 2015, 1:16 pm

      i hope someone put theMochaPeach in timeout for these shenanigans. that description sounds like she just came from the dancery her damb self. LMAO. i cannot and will not with you today!

  • larenee10 October 22, 2012, 8:35 pm

    I haven’t even read the poll yet, and I already decided that the dancery is where Wyclef was going when he oiled up 1/2 of his body and hopped on that bike.

    Therefore, I ain’t going.

    Whew….now, I shall read the post. 🙂

    • larenee10 October 22, 2012, 8:40 pm

      post…watching the debate has me all distracted and whatnot

  • Usually In Poor Taste October 22, 2012, 11:48 pm


    An establishment flushed with libations and jovial music yet devoid of holleration and hateration.

    Before any of you google that, I totally made it up!

  • I Am Your People October 23, 2012, 12:39 am

    Well, if you can’t graduate from high school in Yonkers, you just gotta work with the words you invent #intelligents

  • legitimate_soul October 23, 2012, 5:35 pm

    “Endless rice” did it for me. I’m going!…because I think it is a place where dance can be done and enjoyed by all.

  • LB October 23, 2012, 7:09 pm

    It’s what happens before the “nursery”. An’ I don’t mean the plant type.

  • Miss Jay October 23, 2012, 7:31 pm

    Good Ole’ Urban Dictionary helped me out with some of the words in the song:

    Hateration – The act or process of hating on someone/something.

    Holleration – An excessive amount of yelling or loud-talking, which is usually the result of (or resulting in) a fight, stabbing, killing, or some other physical altercation.

    And last, but not least:

    Dancery – A ludicous word that Mary J. Blige invented to poorly fit the rhyme-scheme of a mediocre song. Means: dance club, night club, or ghetto bar.

    I think perculating means the same thing as brewing, but I could be wrong, tho. With Ms. Blige, words could mean anything (-_-).

  • Ayanda May 18, 2015, 7:15 am

    This just in, She meant dance soiree
    We aren’t buying it though

  • Honey_Dipt May 18, 2015, 12:05 pm

    I think she saw this commentary and tried to fix “dancery”…… I’m not gonna flex on her too hard because I and my family are from Yonkers,buuuuuut….. How you gonna come back later and try and say that you used an unfamiliar word and fluffed on the enunciation? Have a seat, ya shoulda just left it alone.

    P.S. Just wanted you to know that we are shade family in my head… Luvs you Luvvie

  • Wambui May 19, 2015, 8:49 am
  • T January 24, 2016, 8:34 am

    this thing right here made me cry. too funny.