Two years ago, South Korean phenom Psy inaugurated the K-Pop invasion with "Gangnam Style." Now, a Chinese pop star by the name of Wang Rong Rollin appears to be ushering in the era of C-Pop with "Chick Chick"—a music video you literally have to see to believe.
Think you're too jaded to be weirded out by anything anymore? Think you won't be completely baffled by—and instantly obsessed with—this piece of pop art/expert-level internet trolling? Think again, my friend.
Perhaps you have seen, on occasion, a group of dancers in chicken costumes. Fair enough. But have you seen them accompanied by an animated chicken in a bathing suit and pearls?
Or, for that matter, by a group of shirtless men in animal masks?
Have you ever witnessed a grown woman clucking aggressively while wearing a polka-dotted veil?
Or an enormous band-aid used as a censor bar?
No. No you haven't. And these are NOT EVEN THE WEIRDEST things that happen in this video.
Resistance is futile. Just watch. You can thank/smack me later.
OK. I swore up and down that this would be my last "Gangnam Style" post. I thought—hoped—the craze was dead. I assumed Psy's ridiculous song was slowly making its way toward obscurity, to be revived only by lame DJs at unfun weddings. I figured talking any more about the invisible horse dance would be, well, beating a dead horse.
I was wrong.
Here is a video of a baby doing the "Gangnam Style" dance. It is my new favorite thing. It is also about to be your new favorite thing.
Darn you, adorable baby. Darn you.
Thank you, "The Today Show," for introducing us to our new favorite person: Christian Bottger, aka "Little Fear."
On Sunday afternoon, the 10-year-old dancing sensation performed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders before the team's showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles. Let's just say nobody was watching the cheerleaders—which, considering the dudes that make up your average football audience, is pretty darn impressive. Here's the clip. (And yes, the number opens with "Gangnam Style"—we're sorry—but stick it out, because seriously, you want to see this kid Dougie.)
Anyway, some on-the-ball producer at "The Today Show" understood that a star had just been born, and got Christian and the cheerleaders on this morning's show. Which, not being football-watchers, is where we first saw him—and fell in love.
The show doesn't have footage of his performance online, but they do have his kind of adorable interview. (Matt Lauer: "Do you like all the attention you've been getting?" Christian: "Hmm, let me think" [makes sarcastic "thinking" face].) Take a look:
Are you sick of Gangnam Style yet? Yes? Us too. But Trey McIntyre Project might revive your dying love for South Korean phenomenon Psy's internets-dominating song. Let's just say TMP's take on Gangnam Style isn't your run-of-the-mill invisible horse dance.
The backstory: For the past year, TMP has been working with DanceMotion USA, a program that allies the State Department with the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Through DanceMotion, TMP toured Vietnam, China, the Philippines and South Korea. TMP also collaborated with Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, and ultimately McIntyre created a piece with three dancers from the Seoul-based troupe. It premieres tonight, actually, at BAM.
OK, so: The TMP dancers wanted to figure out a creative way to welcome the three South Koreans when they arrived in the US a few weeks ago. And what better way than with an airport flash mob version of "Gangnam Style"?
Hilarity and awesomeness ensued—and, luckily for us, the whole thing was captured on video. Check it out!
Unsurprisingly, everything today seems to be all-election, all the time. We figured we'd jump on that bandwagon, especially since we just heard a bit of dance-related political news too good to pass up.
Namely: How will Barack Obama celebrate his re-election at the Inaugural Ball? By doing the Gangnam Style dance—maybe. (Hopefully?)
Obama told a New Hampshire radio station that he was pretty confident he could "do that move," at least, though the ball probably isn't "the appropriate time to break that out." He might, however, do it "privately for Michelle." Bow chicka wow!
Seeing as Michelle has already showed off her amazing Dougie, can we put politics aside and all agree that this is one presidential couple with moves? (And if our 44th president does, in fact, bust out his invisible horse dance at the ball, can we also all agree to put that meme—once so brilliant, now so, so tired—to rest? Thank you.)
The Twist. The Hustle. The Running Man. The Macarena. The Dougie. The Gangnam Style. Here at DS, it's safe to say we've never met a dance craze we haven't loved.
But did you know that the original dance craze was...wait for it...the waltz?
Yup. Way back in the 19th century, everyone was waltzing up a storm. And, by the way, it was considered seriously scandalous. Ladies clinging to their partners and whirling around the floor—how risqué!
Well, here's a twist to this story we bet you didn't see coming: Adamski, a big name in the UK's house music scene, wants to bring the waltz to today's clubs—amped up, of course, with dubstep-inspired electronic beats and mashups featuring Kanye West and Kelis. The idea is for choreographer Les Child, who made voguing popular in the early '90s, to teach clubbers some basic waltz moves before setting them free to "party like it's 1799."
For the moment, this is all going down in London. But if it's as amazing/insane as it sounds, here's hoping this out-of-the-box trend makes its way across the pond. Teach us how to waltz, teach us teach us how to waltz!
(Sidenote: Everyone dealing with Hurricane Sandy today, we hope you're staying safe and dry! This Frankenstorm is not messing around.)
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Guys, it's happened: Just as we predicted, the crazily addictive "Gangnam Style" video, with its weirdly mesmerizing invisible horse dance, has become a full-on mainstream fad. Strange and wonderful tribute videos abound. (If you live under a rock and haven't seen the original, here you go.) It's pretty much everywhere. Including, apparently, Philippine prisons.
Remember the inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines? They first rose to fame in 2007 when a video of their performance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" blew up the internet. Dancing was introduced at the prison as part of a program designed to quash violent prisoner outbreaks—a program that's reportedly been very successful. The power of dance at work, people.
The Cebu prisoners' take on "Gangnam Style" hit YouTube a few days ago, and it's pretty incredible. Check it out: