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A Brief History of the Boy Band Hand-to-Heart Move

In recent months, concerned pop music enthusiasts (Vulture included) have noticed that the new class of boy bands — One Direction and the Wanted, specifically — are slightly lacking in the choreography department. It's true: Neither band really dances, in the traditional pop-and-lock, five-shoulder-shimmy, "Everybody"-Frankenstein-shuffle sense of the word. But there is one move that the British upstarts have adopted with gusto, and it is a boy-band staple, the sincerest expression of love that an over-gelled heartthrob can offer. So, please join us now in a retrospective of the Hand-to-Heart — the gesture that unites all boy bands, old and new.

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