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.
what you’ll need
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
Ask About Today
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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The Dance of the Year
The most viral dance of the year by far is "the Renegade"—and it was created by a 14-year old girl in Atlanta, Jalaiah Harmon. Follow along with these groups until you’ve learned it yourself!
The Fortnite Dance Challenge
The game Fortnite has had the world on it's toes for a while now, but even these professional dancers have a hard time keeping up with its characters' dances! See if you agree with the ratings they get and maybe even try to follow along with them.
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.
Saying "I Do" with Dance
Flash mobs have evolved so much that people have even started to make them a part of special life moments, like when asking someone to marry them. Check out one of our favorites.
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!
Learn to 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?
What Does "Going Viral" Mean?
Popular dance videos are just one example of something that often "goes viral." Learn more about what goes viral and why in this article from Wonderopolis.
The Dance Doctor
Read how one doctor's Tik Tok dance videos are making millions of people smile and spreading smart health advice during the coronavirus outbreak.
Why Humans Love Dance Videos
Turns out it's not just the catchy music. "Mirror neurons" in our brains make humans naturally inclined to imitate dance moves.
Meet the Original Renegade
Atlanta, Georgia teenager Jalaiah Harmon is the 14 year-old behind the Renegade—the viral dance move of the year. Read about how she created the move and her fight to ensure she gets the credit she deserves.
For younger explorers
Giraffes Can't Dance
Everybody knows giraffes can't dance. Right? Read along to the book by Giles Andreae.
For younger explorers
Dancing in the Wings
Debbie Allen's Dancing In the Wings tells the story of a determined young dancer who wants to be a ballerina more than anything. Let's read along!
Good dancing requires good music! See what sounds you can create by becoming a wildlife DJ. Add more animals to the stage to make more sounds, but unlock Beast Mode by combining voices from the same ecosystem.
For younger explorers
Dance and Freeze
Let's play Dance and Freeze! Check out this video and follow along at home. Don't forget to stop and be still when you hear "Freeze!"
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.
more to explore
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.
Gungador vs. the Sound Wave
Discover the connection between dancing and math in this episode of the podcast Brains on! where you'll listen to a cool story about an interesting character named Gungador.
A K-Pop Primer
You've probably heard the term "K-pop," which is the source of some of today's most popular dance moves and routines, but how much do you really know about it? Learn everything you were afraid to ask in this article from Kiddle.