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From the Running Man to the Dougie, dance crazes have been spreading like wildfire forever - only now we have YouTube to thank.
The world has come a long way since the Twist. South Korean rapper Psy has the Internet dancing again, this time with Gentlemen, the follow-up to his monster hit, Gangnam Style. Psy performed Gentleman in public for the first time on Saturday at a concert at Seoul's World Cup stadium on April 13, 2013.
Unlike Gangnam Style, which essentially involved riding an imaginary horse, Psy’s newest dance is pretty basic: Stand with your legs bent and feet apart, put your fist on your chin, and sway those hips.
(Kin Cheung/Associated Press)
From the Macarena to the Loco-motion to Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk, television has long been the medium by which dance crazes spread. Here Madonna completes a performance of Vogue, her opening number Sunday, July 11, 2004, during the Re-Invention tour, at United Center in Chicago.
(Kate Dougherty/Associated Press)
Grammy winning rapper MC Hammer gave the world baggy pants, and popularized the Running Man.
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But the true vector of a modern dance craze is YouTube. Think Michelle Obama doing the Dougie on Jimmy Fallon. The official music video of Beyonce’s viral hit, Single Ladies, has been viewed on YouTube over 220 million times. It also spawned countless tribute videos of men and women, boys and girls dancing in their living rooms in black leotards, shuffling, shaking their hips and waving their left hand.
Likewise for the Harlem Shake. If you can do this wacky dance in the pool, you can pretty much do it anywhere. And people certainly have.