If social distancing has finally inspired you to download TikTok, the social-media app dominated by Gen Z , congratulations! Just as the currency of early Instagram was photos of latte art, the currency of TikTok right now is 15 to 30 second dances. The pros — in this case, teen or something dancers — make up choreography, and sometimes it catches on, inspiring other people to upload their own versions. Even Hailey and Justin Bieber are doing them. If those words mean nothing to you, take a deep breath, get into something comfy, and check out the ten dances below, ranked from easiest to borderline impossible. A quick note on the medium: Audio is central to TikTok.
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Video by Kirsten Luce. By Siobhan Burke. At this time of year, the dancer Erica Lall, a member of the corps of American Ballet Theater, would normally be preparing for eight weeks of performances at the Metropolitan Opera House. But in mid-March, as the company moved toward calling off its spring season, she found herself back in her hometown Cypress, Tex. Lall, 22, was referring to the viral dance challenges that circulate on TikTok: short, music-driven sequences of choreography, created by individual users — or swiped from other video platforms — and replicated sometimes by millions of other people around the world.
"Number One Baby"
You'll need a cowboy hat for this one. Or any hat will do at a pinch. This dance matches Billy Ray Cyrus's epic lyrics in the remix, so try and follow along with the actions, and you should pick it up pretty quick. There's loads of other Old Town Road inspired dances out there, so see which one's your fave! It's fingers only for this one!
Right now, a lot of us are social-distancing. Which is a good thing for the community. But for dancers, being at home—read: not in the studio—can be especially tough.