Here’s the Absolute Best of #TheGitUpChallenge

What has us feeling patriotic this Fourth of July week? #TheGitUpChallenge. Because only in the US of A could a country-meets-trap song inspire a viral dance craze. Bless you, Blanco Brown. Bless you, America.

For those who only understood about a third of the words in that first paragraph (hi, Mom!): "The Git Up" is a breakout hit song by Atlanta country/hip-hop artist Blanco Brown. Thanks to its instructional lyrics ("Do the 2 step, then cowboy boogie…"), which Brown illustrates in its official music video—and the fact that it's a bona fide banger—the track has spawned #TheGitUpChallenge, in which fans try to recreate the choreo.

It's one of the more delightful challenges we've seen in a bit. Here are a few of our favorite videos.

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Finally, the women returned to the audition room to dance one last time—or so they were told. Instead, KCD head coach Alyssa Quezada dropped her bombshell: All 20 women had made the final cut. They would be 2021–22 Knicks City Dancers: the latest and greatest edition of one of the most prestigious NBA dance teams. "It was the biggest celebration and the coolest moment of my dance career so far," says McCloskey now. And that was just the oh-so-perfectly-dramatic beginning.

Chelsea McCloskey stands on her left leg while kicking her right leg up with her arms crossed, a smile on her face. She is auditioning for KCD. Chelsea McCloskey Photo by Tess Mayer

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