TikTok Talk: Why People Are Irish-Dancing On TikTok To Megan Thee Stallion And Dua Lipa

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L-R: Dua Lipa, Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images; TikTok via @yourangleyuordevil 

The latest dance trending on TikTok is what you may call, unexpected. It was all started by 20-year-old, Morgan Bullock (@yourangleyuordevil) who has garnered attention on the app for blending Irish dance choreography with hip-hop hits. Her most popular video sees the Richmond, Virginia dancer belting out some Riverdance choreo to the Beyoncé remix of Megan Thee Stallion's Savage. To date, the video has over 1.1 million views, 200,000 likes and was even reposted by Queen Bey's mum, Tina Knowles. 

"I think the coolest part is that it sounds like gallops lol and it’s Meg the STALLION," one user comments, while another writes "Ankles as strong as Megan’s knees."

@yourangleyuordevil

##irishdance ##fyp ##keepingactive ##spacethings ##foryou

? Savage Remix - Megan Thee Stallion

In June, Morgan was invited on to Irish broadcaster Joe Duffy's Liveline on RTé Radio 1, to talk about her dancing. She was surprised live on by Padraic Moyles, the associate director and brand manager of Riverdance the long-running, theatrical show featuring Irish dancing champions. Padraic invited Morgan to join the show in Vienna, VA in the US. "You are unique," he told her on the air. 

To say that Morgan's video is a sensation is an understatement, as her Irish dancing has inspired a new generation of jigging enthusiasts across TikTok. 

Atlanta teenagers, Cian and Jack Porter who are better known as the Porter Brothers (@porterbrothers) showed off their Irish-inspired dance duet to Saint JHN's Roses. According to the New Statesman, the Porters' father is a former Riverdance lead performer.

@porterbrothers

Isolation done right?? ##irishdance ##fyp ##foryou ##foryoupage ##dancevid ##boysdancetoo ##viral ##lads ##roses ##iswearttogodiwillikeandfollow

? Roses - Imanbek Remix - SAINt JHN

Meanwhile, others have started picking up their dancing shoes and joining in. The hashtag, #irishdance currently has nearly 200 million views with everyone from trained dancers to amateur appears trying their hand at an Irish jig. 

In a now-viral video, Owen Luebbers (@owneleubbers) announces at the top, "I'm only going to say this once: I am not a tap dancer." He then launches to a perfectly synced dance to Dua Lipa's Don't Start Now, which is as joyous as it is mesmerising. To date, the video has 15.8 million views. 

@owenluebbers

don’t MAKE me say it again!!! ?? ##foryou ##irishdance ##foryoupage ##fyp ##fy ##neverfitin ##keepingactive ##spacethings ##greenvspurple ##ShowMeYourWalk

? irish dancers unite to kill all tap dancers - owenluebbers

Leila (@leilagabrys), whose TikTok bio reads "I Irish dance and stuff," also uploaded a video of her tapping it out to Nicki Minaj's Starships. It's almost unbelievable how fast she can move her feet. "I can't even walk down the stairs without tripping," one commenter quipped.

@leilagabrys

HAHAHH i hate everything about this one but whatever i don’t care here you go ##irishdance

? original sound - vibez.thomas

It turns out, Leila has been going hard with videos of her Irish dancing to Bottoms Up by Trey Songz, Move Your Feet by Junior Senior, and to The Weeknd's Blinding Lights. 

@leilagabrys

i really said ?? in the beginning but this was the only okay take i got so ##irishdance

? Blinding Lights - The Weeknd

In a black and white video, Hannah (@hannahwierenga) a fashion student and Irish dancer shows off her moves to the tune of the Stranger Things theme. 

@hannahwierenga_

##st3 ##strangerthings ##thedufferbrothers ##irishdance

? Close Encounters - HuntorPrey

Then there is this casually iconic video by Mary (@marypapageorge) who lays down a few head-spinning moves to Justin Bieber's Yummy

@marypapageorge

Blow this up so JB can see it! Tag him please?? @justinbieber ##intentionschallenge ##irishdance ##dance ##favoritememories ##learnontiktok ##got2bhome

? original sound - jblazeofficial

Devin (@devinruth33) who has amassed over 60,000 followers for her Irish jigs also recently posted an amazing video of her dancing to Trap Beckham's Back It Up. 

@devinruth33

Another day, another tap Tiktok ???? ##fyp ##foryou ##foryoupage ##fy ##tapdance ##dance ##irishdance ##BackyardVibes ##MAYBEITSMAYBELLINE ##HealthyHabits6Step

? Back It Up - Trap Beckham

Even supermodel, Coco Rocha joined in on the dancing trend with a more traditional approach. 

@cocorocha

##itstheremix ##irishdance

? nursery - bbno$

So there you have it, Irish dancing is now hot. And if we're ever able to go back out to the club again live a little and bust out a jig to your favourite trap hit. 

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