African American Social Dances

Hey English Black Friday people,
I know I have been away for quite a while now, but I am back and would like to share something with y’all. English Black Friday will go through a couple of changes on YouTube and I hope y’all keep on coming back to watch the videos.

So without further ado, let me share this with y’all…

My students came to my house for a private class that was supposed to be just another English class. You know those classes that you prepare, but you don’t teach exactly what you had planned because things lead you onto a different path? Yeah, that’s exactly what happened today. I remember talking to them about African-American culture and they got interested in knowing more about it. Well, right away I decided to talk about something that is really interesting: DANCES, SHUFFLES, WALKS, LINEDANCES, and MOVES.


We talked about some American Urban Dances that are super famous in much of the United States right now such as:

Nae Nae, Whip NaeNae, DLow Shuffle, Nitty Walk, , Hit Them Folks, The Drop, Dabbing, Running Man, Running Off, Sexy Walk, and Hit the Quan.

However, I could never forget the old ones that I used to bump and dance to back in 2007 and 2008 such as

Walk it Out, Dougie, Ricky Bobby Style, Helle Berry Dance, Ay BaeBae, Cupid Shuffle, Bikers Shuffle, Cleveland Shuffle, Crank the SuperMan, ChaCha Slide…

I got to know this dancing culture when I first traveled to the US and lived in Houston,TX. They used to dance to all kinds of 88-bpm kind of songs and I loved it. So, I started to dance with my host siblings, friends and co-workers at the Alief Family YMCA.



That class was interesting because it made me stroll down memory lane. We even talked about how these dances are spread out now. I’ve always been a big fan of Strolling and Stepping as well and I can tell some of these Urban Dances have been influenced by them.

Nowadays, everybody is doing the dance. From toddlers to elders, poor to rich, ghetto to Beverly Hills.It does not matter where you are from or the color of your skin. All we want to do is dance to some catchy songs.


I think that English classes should be more meaningful in a way and I feel like I did it today. We talked about African-American Urban Culture, but on the top of that., we learned vocabulary and some aspects of their history, language and customs. I love the way dances evolve throughout time and one cool thing is that they are connecting their moves. They still keep those old moves. Nowadays, artists are coming up with a compilation of steps and moves. Watch this video and see some moves such as Dougie, NaeNae, Whip, Drop, Dab, and Hit Them Folks:


This is another way to show these portmanteau of Urban Dances. You can take part in this challange called Bet You Can’t Do Like Me. Dlow and his group came up with this video and challenged people to do the same and upload their video to YouTube:

Some of the videos of the challenge can be seen down below. Watch.

Well, before I leave I would like you to watch this amazing young gymnast from UCLA (University of California in Los Angeles). She is beautiful and very creative. She brings the Urban Dances to whole ‘nother level. She got swag. Watch her do her thing and love it.

If you got here, it is because you might have enjoyed this post and the topic in it. For further information on the history of Social Urban Dances, watch this amazing video by Camille A. Brown.


Don’t be a stranger! Come back as often as you can. English Black Friday is for you to learn English through Black American culture, music, comedy, and so much more. For more about Black Music, click on ALL ABOUT BLACK MUSIC

Thank you for coming out and showing your support.
This material has been selected, adapted, analyzed, and put together by Rodrigo P. Honorato.

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