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What’s Your Favorite Dance Move?

| June 6, 2014 | 13 Comments
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What’s your best dance move? If you don’t have a signature dance move that you consider your own, then make one up! Capture your move in a short video using Vine, Instagram, or whatever tools suites your needs. If you can’t share a video, tell us what your move would be called or what would it look like?

Introduction

You’ve undoubtedly noticed viral videos flying around the Internet featuring dance sensations, trends, and memes like the Harlem shake phenomenon and riffs off of Gangnam Style. Dance crazes have a long history of sweeping the nation, and platforms like YouTube and Facebook foster a worldwide dancing dialogue. Dance crazes are a significant part of American culture and span history, including wildly varying moves, ranging from the 1920’s Charleston to contemporary twerking.

You’ve probably tried some of these dances, but have you made up your own personal dance move? It’s time to show off! Celebrate the arrival of summer by showing off your best move, or making up a new one! Capture your move in a short video and share the link with us via Vine, Twitter, YouTube, or in the comments section below.l Don’t forget to give your dance a name and tag #DoNowDance. Everybody dance now!

Resource

KQED Education video Show Us Your Dance Moves!
Dance has been used throughout history as a language, a way to communicate something about yourself or your community. Many signature dance moves have made history, stayed relevant for years, and been adapted and appropriated. The Harlem Shake was born in 1981 and was originally named after its creator, Al B. Video interpretations of the Harlem Shake have recently gone viral on YouTube, and the dance also inspired another move: The Chicken Noodle Soup.


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More Resources

KQED Spark video San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival is one of the largest cultural dance festivals in the United States. Presented by San Francisco’s World Arts West, this festival attracts more than 9,000 visitors annually and provides ethnic dance companies the opportunity to share their cultural forms of expression as well as their artistic skills.

PBS Off Book video The Worlds of Viral Video
“Viral Video” is the signature phenomenon of internet media. Something akin to pop songs, these videos with irresistible hooks have saturated video culture online and have now evolved into a multitude of sophisticated forms. Whether rooted in comedy, spectacle, schadenfreude, cuteness, politics, performance, or deep meaning, the idea of viral videos, and the huge audiences they generate, have forever changed the values and potential impact of video online.

KQED Spark video Alonzo King
Choreographer Alonzo King has created contemporary ballets for more than 50 international dance companies as well as dozens of pieces for film, television, opera and his own company, LINES Contemporary Ballet. Easily one of the most sought-after ballet masters in the world, Alonzo King is often living out of a suitcase, traveling to multiple locations in short order.

KQED Spark video Margaret Jenkins
For more than 30 years, choreographer Margaret Jenkins has been expanding the physical and conceptual boundaries of modern dance in the Bay Area. Her dance company has spawned an entire generation of experimental dancers and artists. In the episode, “Dance Masters,” Spark follows Jenkins from rehearsing “Danger Orange” in San Francisco to conducting workshops on composition and sharing choreographic ideas with the Beijing Modern Dance Company in China.


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Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.
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  • Pedro V.

    Try to your best in your videos.

  • Hanna Bentley

    My favorite dance would have to be the cat daddy because you have to squat really low which is hard work if you stay there a really long time its like doing squats but with a dance so cat daddy is my favorite dance.

  • Ziyah Minnifeild

    my favorite dance would have to be the “whip” because the dance move is like your moving your hands as if you were in a car and then you rock side to side . But, you have to stay on beat to which ever song your dancing to.

  • Lynquell Hall

    My favorite dance would have to be “superman” by Soulija Boy because the dance move is like your moving your hands as if you were in a car and then you rock side to side. Also the dance swept the nation and was popular almost everyone was dancing the dance

  • Shiloh Williams

    My favorite dance move is the Windmill! It’s one of the original B-Boy moves and is just awesome to look at. It also takes a lot of effort and upper body strength to pull off. Created by the OG Crazy Legs of the Rock Steady crew it’s still one of the most popular dance moves of all time!

  • Jessica Aragonez

    One of many different dance moves that is my favorite is EDM music since you can do what ever you want to dance because it hypes you up. Such as jumping up to the beat or if you are a professional dancer such as the Jabbawockeez they can do what they please with EDM music even though they also dance to todays hit music. However, many people find their passion with different kinds of music styles which is great because they come together and preform and amazing show.

  • Rosemarie Jones

    I’m a dancer so I really don’t have a favorite dance move. Anything move that I can express my emotion would be my favorite dance move. Let’s say if it’s a sad song my movements are going to be soft and graceful. But if it’s a fast up beat song my movements are going to be sharp and quick. The music connects to my body and it tells me how to move. #AJHSHardee

  • Tykeyia Morgan

    My favorite dance moves are the Whip and The Nae-Nae. They’re my favorite because you can HONESTLY do them to any song, beat, or rhythm. Also because while doing them you can add your own style to them.
    #AJHSHardee