[DANCE MOVES] TikTok recreates memories

More and more trends surface on the TikTok app that many students enjoy performing while others focus on their own dances and performances that take place within the school. Junior Gavin Kimmel and seniors Ananya Narayan and Nina Smetena perform a number from the spring musical, Chicago. As auditions had just come to an end, many students know the infamous dance to the first number of the musical. 

I thought this sound was perfect for the dance we did in the TikTok because it’s both funny and allows me to remember a show I loved as a kid.”

— junior Gavin Kimmel

“The dance we performed was one that was choreographed by our dance instructor, Karis, to the overture of Chicago. The highlights of Chicago are definitely going to be the big group numbers, including All That Jazz, We Both Reached for the Gun, Cell Block Tango, and the Finale. These feature both singing and a lot of dancing, which should be equally tricky and fun. It should be a great show!!” Smetana said. 

The performance of the dance done by Kimmel, Narayan, and Smetana is enriched with a popular sound from a famous children’s tv show. The sound used in the background of the TikTok is from Nickelodeon’s Victorious. In the show, for comedic purposes, one of the characters performs a one-woman show called Chicago and she sings her own number which is the sound in the TikTok. Many students understand where this sound comes from and enjoy the connection between the spring musical and the show they used to watch as a child. 

“I thought this sound was perfect for the dance we did in the TikTok because it’s both funny and allows me to remember a show I loved as a kid,” Kimmel said. 

The second TikTok showcases juniors Rashmi Raveendran and Aman Rahman dancing to the original renegade dance that was recently discredited. A very popular trend on the TikTok app is the infamous renegade dance. Many popular users dance to the song Lottery by K Camp doing the same dance. Even the most popular TikTok on the RubiconSPA is of juniors Rashmi Raveendran and Aman Rahman dancing to this song. 

I’m really glad I got to learn the original dance and to know the original steps and who created it.”

— junior Aman Rahman

“This dance has been around for a really long time and it was credited to someone who didn’t create it and it was altered and changed because of that. It just recently became known who the creator of the dance is and what the actual dance is, like the real steps. It’s interesting as the original creator is a black girl while it was credited towards a young 15-year-old girl and it just goes to show how on social media, especially apps like TikTok, black women aren’t credited or getting popular for the things they create,” Rahman said. 

Many teens have been performing the original dance on TikTok recently crediting it towards the girl who created it. 

“I’m really glad I got to learn the original dance and to know the original steps and who created it,” Rahman said.