Can you do the “Whip” and the “Nae Nae”?
If you can, then you’ve jumped on board with the latest dance craze.
I took my first crack at it in my living room where my three children were performing it. Unfortunately, they laughed at my attempts.
“That’s not the right way, Mommy,” my youngest daughter told me as I moved my arm in a whip-like motion, leaned my head to the side, bent my knees and swayed to the beat.
For those who may not understand what hip-hop artist Silento’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” is all about, allow me to explain more about this infectious song-and-dance combination.
Start by turning on your TV set, pulling up YouTube, or better yet, visit a homecoming dance.
I chaperoned my children to a school homecoming dance Saturday where the DJ played the song at least three or four times. I watched moms and dads doing the “Whip and Nae Nae” with their children.
The Billboard top 10 song has amassed tens of millions of views on YouTube.
Who’s doing this dance? Everybody.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton learned and performed the “Whip and the Nae Nae” on Ellen Degeneres’ show last month and Matt Damon did it last week.
Talk-show host Jimmy Fallon was doing it and the “Stanky Leg” on his program, and basketball star Stephen Curry did his steps during a promotional event.
It doesn’t stop with entertainers. News reports abound with folks dancing the dance, from pregnant moms to a woman in labor “whipping and nae naeing” between contractions.
The song’s lyrics capitalize on a combination of recent dances and others from recent years — the “Stanky Leg” and “Superman.”
My children learned those two from heaven knows where during their pre-k and kindergarten years. I tried them but never really succeeded.
Dance crazes come and go, and one of my favorites was the 1996 re-make of the “Macarena” by the Bayside Boys.
That particular dance required a series of arm and dance steps and turns, including placing arms out and palms down, hands on shoulders, hands on head and, finally, hands on hips.
Plenty of other dance craze styles through the ages have kept everyone on their toes.
The disco years brought “The Hustle,” the bump and, of course, “YMCA” from the Village People.
The ’80s gave us Michael Jackson’s moonwalk and The Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian.” In 2010, we got “Gangnam Style,” and in 2011, the “Teach Me How to Dougie” dance.
Dance and music have helped to pull together generations of people throughout the ages.
The next time you visit the dance floor, get ready to “Whip and Nae Nae.”
Chante Dionne Warren is a freelance writer. She can be reached at email@example.com.