8 Iconic Dance Moves Everyone Should Know
January 4th, 2019 by Elizabeth Radabaugh
Whether you’re at a party getting ready to bust a move or hitting the stage for a classic performance, there are some iconic moves that everyone must attempt once! These legendary moves have made a global and generational impact, leaving everyone wanting more and continuing to dance! Here’s a look at 8 iconic dance moves that everyone should know.
#1: The Robot
This is a complete classic for those who can’t dance. The Robot has been featured in films, television, and music videos. Best suited for those who love to make others laugh or lack foot coordination, the robotic motions of the arms and torso are sure to be a hit that everyone knows and loves. Next time you hear a hot hip-hop beat, give this move a try.
While its iconic nature is credited to Madonna’s song of the same name, this move was actually popular during the Harlem ballroom scene in the late 1960s! Talk about lasting impact! The move requires a bit of floor work with emphasized movements of the wrists, legs, torso and for experts, a back-bend. For those who aren’t as experienced dancers, simple hand poses will allow you to still strike a pose, Vogue!
#3: The Moonwalk
When thinking of the moonwalk, one may immediately think of Michael Jackson. While Jackson perfected the move and convinced audiences that he truly was defying gravity, the King of Pop did not invent the move! Despite his debut of the move at Motown 25 in 1983, the moonwalk roots back to Cab Calloway in 1932. Many other artists showcased their own versions of the move prior to Jackson’s debut, but none hit it quite the way he did. Maybe you will! Next time you hit the floor, give this iconic move a spin!
#4: The Dougie
Through each decade there comes a move that redefines a culture and leaves people wanting more. In 2008, the Dougie hit the scene as the newest hip-hop craze. It is now an undeniable force in millennial culture. The group Cali Swag District released the song “Teach Me How To Dougie” to accompany the move, leaving audiences of all ages wanting to learn the slicking-the-hair-back moves.
#5: The Twist
Widely considered the first worldwide dance craze, Chubby Checker’s hit song “The Twist” took over airwaves and dancefloors in the 1960s. Still played at parties and celebrations, the Twist gathers groups together to groove their hips to the Swinging Sixties hit. It is a classic move that is not going away any time soon.
#6: The Carlton
Any 90s kid remembers Will Smith’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” While Smith himself was an impressive hip-hop artist & dancer, there was one move that was presented on the show that has held a lasting impact. Co-star Alfonso Ribeiro portrayed Carlton Banks on the show and is most remembered for his signature dance to Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual”. Rightfully titled “The Carlton,” the move requires you to sway side-to-side to mirror the iconic primetime character. This classic move will be busted out anytime the 1965 hit is played!
#7: Single Ladies
Beyonce’s 2008 hit Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), streamed through airwaves and skyrocketed to the top of the charts. It was no surprise when the music video showcasing the artist’s moves had similar reception. Many artists and audiences attempted to replicate the iconic dance performed in the video, quickly turning it into a global phenomenon. From the synchronized arm movements and exaggerated focus on the left hand and vacant ring finger, fans continue to copy these moves today!
#8: The Floss
The Floss is one of the most recent trends to break the internet. A backup dancer for Katy Perry clad in street clothes and backpack performed this now iconic move on Saturday Night Live. 15-year-old Russell Horning invented the alternating arm and leg movements on Instagram and turned it into a worldwide sensation after his appearance. The move has now appeared on Universal Kids, Disney Channel and in the extremely popular video game, Fortnite. Teens and adults alike have been attempting to perfect the move for the past few months, but no-one compares to the glorified backpack kid. Next time you’re out, give this move a try!
Casey Eggers is a writer for StarQuest. She loves coffee, music, and running long distance.