The “Shmoney Dance” is the newest dance craze to go viral. Celebrities such as Beyonce, Diddy and Chris Brown all have videos doing the dance. The dance, which was created by Brooklyn-based rapper Bobby Shmurda, was first performed in the rapper’s “Hot Nigga” music video. The song was released on July 25, 2014 and the music video shortly after on August 1. This dance is fairly simple and is done by leaning forward and back repetitively while popping your knees out slightly as your arms hit different positions of your choice.
The “#NaeNae” was a dance created by the Atlanta rap group We Are Toonz accompanied by their track “Drop That NaeNae,” which was released on November 29, 2013. The dance became popular in 2014 and is based off the Sheneneh Jenkins character from the 1990s sitcom Martin. The first thing this dance requires you to do is bend your knees and rock back and forth with your legs spread apart as your upper body (specifically the shoulders) sways. While doing this sway you also shoot your right arm up with your palm facing up and your left hand is placed outward with your palm facing down. That’s the #NaeNae. Adding onto it, dancers usually do the #NaeNae for four counts then continue to freestyle dance for the next four counts and then get back into the #NaeNae and it just keeps repeating like that.
The “Wobble” is a dance inspired by Atlanta rapper V.I.C. and his song “Wobble Baby,” which is from his 2008 debut album, Beast. The song was released on July 15 of that same year.
This dance, which has now become a popular group dance done at weddings, has more steps than most of the recent dance crazes. The first step to the wobble is to hop forward onto both feet and groove for four counts, then hop backward and repeat the same thing. Next step is to step out to the right and body roll for four counts and then switch to the left side and repeat the same body rolls. Then sway from side to side as you step forward onto the right foot then left foot followed by stepping back onto the right foot and then the left foot. Next step forward onto the right foot and then the left foot followed by stepping back on the right, left, right (as if you were to say “cha, cha, cha” while doing it) at a faster pace.
The New Orleans bounce music scene introduced “twerking” in the 1980s, but its reemergence to the U.S. came in 2000 because of the Ying Yang Twins’ “Whistle While You Twurk.” It was later referenced in Beyonce’s 2005 hit “Check On It,” when she sings, “Dip it, pop it, twerk it, stop it, check on me tonight.” Most recently Miley Cyrus has brought back twerking after she posted of video of her doing a twerk routine in a unicorn suit to the 2011 single “Wop” by J. Dash. The actual movement consists of bending your knees to place yourself in a squatting position while putting your hands on your thighs and thrusting hips forward then back, which makes your butt bounce up and down. And apparently ">Russians are experts in the twerking department as well. Who knew.
This dance craze started when a few students, in what appears to be their dorm room, turned on Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” and started dancing around (mostly thrusting and wiggling) obnoxiously. The students are dressed in unitards (with some covering their faces and/or heads), one dressed as a red power ranger and another in a full-on pink get-up. A Here’s the video that supposedly started it all.
After this video surfaced, several groups of people from college campuses, swim teams to celebrities, such as T-Pain and Jimmy Fallon, followed suit and released their own “Harlem Shake” dance videos, all of them only lasting about 30 seconds. The basic setup of these videos always starts out with one person, who is usually wearing some sort of a helmet or mask, dancing around while everyone one around that person appear to be totally oblivious, then when the beat drops the video cuts to a room full of people dancing like crazy. Below is a montage of some of the best “Harlem Shake” videos.
Note: This dance craze is not to be confused with the original Harlem Shake, which was created in 1981 by Harlem native Al B. The Harlem Shake was then made popular in 2001 when G. Dep featured the dance in his music video “Let’s Get It.”
The “Dougie” is a hip-hop dance that was first created in Dallas, Texas in the 1980s. It earned its name from looking similar to moves done by old-school rapper Doug. E Fresh. When Dallas rapper Lil’ Wil released his 2007 track “My Dougie,” this is when the dance reemerged. Then the dance reached its peak of popularity in 2010 when the Cali Swag District released their hit “Teach Me How to Dougie.” The actual dance begins by swaying back and forth while leaning into it going to the right, left, then leaning right twice, then repeat that same movement but this time starting on the left side. Lastly, you need to add your arms to the move by running your hands through your hair or over your head (this was the part made famous by Fresh).
The “Cat Daddy” dance craze went viral after the California-based hip-hop and electronic music group The Rej3ctz released their single, “Cat Daddy,” on February 16, 2011. Group member Reject Sam had created the move before the song was made. Chris Brown is featured in the music video performing the dance alongside a crew of dancers. There have been many other celebrities filmed doing the dance, such as Kate Upton, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. The actual dance involves two main motions that look like your buckling your seatbelt and another where you roll a wheelchair. First the dancer buckles a seatbelt on both sides of them (punch down left with your right hand followed by a punch down right with your left hand). Next you do the motion that looks like rolling a wheelchair facing the left side while both feet are planted and then roll it again while bringing one leg up on one side (then repeat this rolling wheelchair movement on right side).
This dance craze began in 2008 after the Texas hip-hop group GS Boyz released their single “Stanky Legg” on August 15 of that year. The dance involves multiple steps, but for the most part involves the dancer moving their right leg in a circular motion while leaning toward the left side and then alternating to do the dance move on the other side. Additional dances moves, such as the “Dougie” and the “Booty Dew,” can also be incorporated into the dance.
When Soulja Boy released his single “Soulja Boy (Crank That)” from his debut album, souljaboytellem.com, on May 2, 2007, the dance featured in the video went viral. The song spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
This dance is more involved and contains more steps than most of the other trending dances. To start out, your feet should be shoulder width apart. Next cross both hands in front of you then bring them back out as you lean to the right side and hit out with your hands as you pop your left knee. Then alternate this move on the opposite side and then repeat both sides once more. Next extend both arms out to the left side as you lean and hop to the right with your left leg raised. Then start the first group of moves (starting with the crossing of your hands), but this time starting on the left side, then alternate to the right, then back to the left. After this, jump both feet in while crossing them and then jump feet back out to your original position.
Immediately after landing with feet out, pick up your right foot in the back and slap your right foot with your left hand and then bring your foot down. Next twist your body to the right side while bringing your arms up. To continue, pick up your left foot and step it towards the right side, bring it back to the left, then lift up that same leg again and slap your left knee with your left hand, then bring the foot back down. Next step to the left with your left foot and lean with your whole body as you bring both arms back (down and behind you) while dragging your right foot behind you (during the part where he says “Superman” in the song). After this, duck down and extend both arms out to the right side as you lean and hop to the left with your right leg raised and then repeat this motion on the opposite side. Finish the dance by repeating the lean hop again on both sides.
Walk It Out
This is one of the easiest dances out of all the dance crazes. It began in September 2006 after rapper Unk released his debut single “Walk It Out,” from his album Beat’n Down Yo Block! This song peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Basically to do this dance you just keep stepping forward with your feet (alternating the steps) with bent knees while twisting your body back and forth. While doing this movement your arms are free to do whatever you want. This dance allows you to put a lot of your own personality into it.
Counting down ten of the hottest hip hop dance crazes.
Hip-hop dance crazes have become a huge part of our American mainstream culture. These dances, like the “Shmoney Dance” and the “Wobble” have gone viral due to sites like YouTube, Vine and Vimeo streaming artists’ videos containing them.
People all over the world are able to view these dances, learn them and spread the word by teaching others. It’s amazing how something as simple as a dance can travel so far and be done by several different people around the world. These dances, in a way, link all of us together and allow everyone to let go, be silly and have a little fun.
There have been dances that have gone viral from other countries as well, like Psy’s “Gangnum Style,” which was done by several people in the U.S. and worldwide. The newest one out of Japan though is the "Wakudoki," which was performed by the Japanese dance group World Order in a Toyota Asia Pacific commercial.
Dancing has always been a significant part of hip-hop culture and these dance crazes only preserve the popularity of dance alongside hip-hop. Enjoy this list of hip-hop dance crazes below, which include crowd favorites, such as the “#NaeNae,” “Harlem Shake,” the “Dougie” and the “Cat Daddy.”