Welcome to our brand new column, TikTok Talk, where we explore some of the weird and wonderful artists and trends springing up on the brand new short video platform.
For many of us, coronavirus has forced us to stay inside. Socialising has come to a screeching halt while going to the club or a live show feels like a distant memory. More than ever before, we've had to become resourceful when it comes to entertainment and luckily for those who like to dance there is an entire community waiting to be joined.
TikTok has become a hub of Gen Z trends, cat videos and makeup tutorials though today the short-video sharing app has become a source of solace for the increasing number of bored homebodies. It may be jarring at first, but the barrier to entry on the app is minimal. And joining in on a dancing trend is one way to get started.
It all began when Chinese company, ByteDance acquired the lipsyncing app, Musical.ly in 2018 and merged it with TikTok. Most users who migrated over created content that rarely veered away from lipsyncing lines from movies, songs, or popular memes, though on this newly minted platform a fresh generation of creators was set to transform everything.
While lipsyncing is still a major feature on TikTok, it's increasingly becoming known for trending choreographed dances — and it's a lot less intimidating than it sounds.
In 2018, one of the earliest viral dances was the Renegade dance, set to rapper K Camp's song Lottery (Renegade). Originally created by Jalaiah Harmon, a 14-year-old from Atlanta, the dance was popularised by TikTok sensation Charli D'Amelio, whose video currently has over 2.6 million likes. Like most dances on the app, the Renegade dance is formed by a fragmented series of steps that begins by hitting the woah, a hand clap, and followed up by drawing an eight in the air with the right arm. In total, the dance has 15 steps, though the beauty of these videos is that anyone - even those with two left feet - can join in.
Since then, dances have exploded on TikTok. For many, it was about joining a community but today more people are signing up to just kill some time. Dancing releases endorphins and endorphins make you feel good, so here are six easy dances you can learn right now.
Megan Thee Stallion - Savage
This dance was created by Keara Wilson (@keke.janajah) a 19-year-old choreographer who is also a self-professed Megan Thee Stallion fan, a Hottie, on March 10. Just six days after she uploaded her dance on TikTok, Megan Thee Stallion joined in and did the dance on her own channel. Within a week the video had over 1 million likes. The moves match the lyrics so if you're feeling "classy, bougie, ratchet" or "sassy, moody, nasty" here is a tutorial.
Doja Cat - Say So
If you want to learn how to do a body roll this is the challenge for you. While the key moves to the Say So challenge are a bunch of fun hand movements and a kick or two, it all comes together when you add your own personal flair. Learn the dance here.
Jakboys feat. Young Thug - Out West
Usher did it, Ellen DeGeneres did it and so did Shaq. It's the Out West dance challenge which was created by Nicole Bloomgarden in 2019. Set to Jackboys and Young Thug's catchy bop, the choreography to this one is a lot of fun. The dance has gotten so big that a crew of TikTok's most popular creators including Charli D'Amelio and Addison Easterling were flown out to perform the dance at the NBA All-Star game. Here's a tutorial to get stuck into.
Nfasis - Tra Tra
While most of these dances can be done from the privacy of your bedroom, TikTokers have taken the Tra Tra dance challenge to a whole new level. This dance has all but one move that is repeated over and over again behind unsuspecting strangers, family members and the like. Just remember to keep your distance.
Kesha - Cannibal
If you asked Kesha a year ago which song of hers would be most likely to blow up on the app, she probably would have said TiK ToK. But it turns out that Cannibal, a song from her 2010 album by the same name became an unsuspecting sleeper hit on TikTok and even turned into a dance challenge. Briana Hantsch created the choreography to the misandrist anthem. Moves include miming eating flesh to the lyrics, "I'll eat you up." Learn the very literal moves here.
Drake - Toosie Slide
Even though October's Very Own rapper Drake has enjoyed some organic success on TikTok with the flipped the switch challenge, he wanted more. "It go right foot up, left foot, slide, left foot up, right foot, slide," are the lyrics to Toosie Slide - a song that comes with built-in choreo. Rolling Stone revealed Drake contacted TikTokers Toosie, Hiii Key, Ayo & Teo to create the dance. “So he sends the record. It was just an idea at the time. It was just the hook and a verse. I came up with this dance," Toosie shared. "So I sit down, listen to it. Luckily, I’m at Ayo and Teo’s house with Hii Key and all of us. We all chilling. We came up with it pretty fast. We just all pieced it together. We all contributed.”