Dance dance evolution

Students dab before class. Dance has clearly evolved as time has progressed.

Ronak Desai

Students dab before class. Dance has clearly evolved as time has progressed.

Suspense and silence fill the air as every eye is fixed on a single student. A spotlight slowly becomes visible and the student forms a smile. Suddenly, the crowd erupts with simultaneous laughter and awe. The nation’s newest dances just made their first appearance in the school talent show.

2015 alone included several new and unique dance moves inspired by viral music videos. Among these are the whip, nae nae and dab, which may now motivate additional creations.

“New dance moves are awesome,” Star Stepper Director Keri Pierce said. “Dance is an art. You can’t control an art. It has to go by society, especially like in hip hop dancing because it’s piloted by how society’s going.”

The whip and nae nae served as initial inspiration for the production of numerous current dance moves. They first appeared in the music video of Silentó’s “Watch Me” and immediately transformed into a national sensation. The once viral production, however, appears to be losing popularity now.

“I think it’s pretty embarrassing and bad,” senior Tyler Smith said. “People got tired of doing it and it got old. It’s not a difficult dance move at all. It’s just something everyone can do, and that’s why it’s popular.”

The dab first gained fame last Oct. when Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton utilized it as a touchdown celebration. Rappers in Atlanta created the simple spectacle that still remains widely prevalent nationally. Its ease attracts people of all ages to participate in the new movement.

“I think it makes dance fun,” Pierce said. “Dance is always evolving. It’s always growing. Anything that invites kids into dance makes me happy.”