Dance Goes Viral
Get this: Videos with the #dance hashtag on Tik Tok have gotten more than 176 billion views (that's billion with a "b"). On YouTube, the #2 watched video of all time is The Baby Shark Dance, and videos of flash mobs performing Michael Jackson's iconic Thriller choreography routinely get millions of views. Even in the gaming industry, Fortnite dances have taken the world by storm. (Fortnite dances!) Online or off, people everywhere—even those who would say they are terrible dancers—have grabbed their shoes, turned up the volume, and joined family and friends in the dance frenzy. Now it’s time to grab your shoes as we discover how dance is transforming pop culture today.
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What's your favorite dance move? And why do some dance moves "go viral"?
If you combined two viral dances together, what would it look like?
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Top Viral Dance Moves of the Decade
A "viral' dance move is one that spreads far and wide—fast. Watch these high school students try some of the decade's hottest dance moves like the shoot, orange justice, floss, and invisible box jump.
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Viral dancing videos are everywhere on the internet. Some of the most popular dances come from TikTok. Follow along with students of the Forever Dance Center in Jakarta as they recreate some of the most popular dances on the app!
Flash mobs are large public gatherings of people who perform a dance routine when people least expect it, then break off and go about business as usual. Watch the looks on passengers' faces as a flash mob recreates dances from the musical Grease in this video.
Dancing Through the Ages
We’ve learned that the term “viral video” didn’t come around until 2009 but different dances have been popular throughout time! Watch the Evolution of Dance by Twist and Pulse and see how dancing has evolved from 1920 to the 2000’s.
The Power of a Good Beat
One ingredient for a viral dance video: A good bass beat. What is it about that deep thumping rhythm that makes us want to move? Learn more about how your brain responds to a beat in this article and video.
Create Your Viral Dance Move
Now that you've seen few examples of dance moves that have people everywhere jumping to their feet, it's time to create your own. Start by watching this video for inspiration and some great how-to ideas, then put on a song you love, pick a section, and start choreographing (the fancy word for making up a dance).
Take your time and repeat your move until you've really got it down. When you're ready, consider recording your dance move on video. Don't forget to name it!
Stretch It Out
Dancers have to be flexible since they use so many muscles to bring their moves to life. Here is a basic stretching routine that you should do each day this week so that you stay healthy and strong. It's also a great way to relax and cool down after you've worked up a sweat.
Dance to "Can't Stop the Feeling"
Step up as master dance trainer Rae teaches you how to dance to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling"! Can you put your own spin on it?