4 Reasons Why Viral Dance Videos are Here to Stay


For the past 10 years, viral dance videos have made their way through various social media platforms. From YouTube to Twitter people from all over have taken an appreciation for viral dances and making it their own, but what exactly sparked this movement? In the 1990’s, the first viral dance video came to light. Although not associated with an artist or song, Dancing Baby took the internet by storm. Leading up into the 2000’s artists began to release videos displaying their dance and musical talents. Individuals such as iHeartMemphis with The Benny Whip and groups like Cali Swag District with the Dougie have reached a multitude of people across the internet. Today, there is a plethora of dance videos circulating, old and new. Let’s take a look at four reasons why these videos are here to stay.

1. Self-Expression

The fun thing about viral dances is that you can make it your own! Plenty of people have uploaded dances such as the Hit the Quan with their individual flare. This form of self-expression is a great outlet for anyone!

2. Influence on Modern Culture

According to The New Yorker, viral dance videos are not only for the youth. From late night talk shows to presidential campaigns, viral dances have made their way to almost every generation. Hillary Clinton, trying to appeal to her millennial voters, dabbed a few times during public appearances. So, this trend is not limited to younger audiences.

3. Sense of Community

Dancing has always brought people together. With the help of the internet and social media platforms, the community is broader than ever. People can share their ideas, influence others, and create new content daily with the click of a button.

4. A Great Way to Get Moving

Dancing is a fun, easy way to get moving. There are so many dance challenges that have now incorporated fitness such as the Mannequin Challenge. Notable fitness stars such as the USA Gymnastics Team and Brittany Spears have participated and posted their challenges to their social media sites, influencing their followers to join the movement!

In all, viral dances are quite influential. With the help of social media, they can be used for many other purposes such as presidential campaigns, raising awareness for a cause, and so much more. It’s obvious to see why this trend isn’t going anywhere for quite some time.

Jasmine Morton is a sophomore biology pre-med major attending Hampton University. Her favorite color is purple, explaining her vibrant personality. Considering the fact that she is a science major, any topics in regards to human and environmental health is what she likes to write about most. Her hobbies include playing the saxophone and hiking with her friends in the local national parks. Some female journalists that inspire her are Margaret Fuller and Nellie Bly because of the lengths they went through to seek out the truth and inform the public. Her career goal is to become a pediatrician, promoting healthy living habits to her patients and their families.