From the sprinkler and the Macarena to the cha-cha slide, Soulja Boy and the stanky leg, Americans have been captivated by specific dance moves almost every year. As recent music trends have evolved from rock to pop and hip-hop, the popular dance styles have evolved as well, changing with each new hit. Today, while rap/hip-hop dominates many radio stations, Americans seem to be catching the “Wobble” fever.
A current sensation, the “Wobble” was recorded and released by rapper V.I.C. (commonly known for his previous single “Get Silly”), in 2008. The track, however, did not gain popularity until 2011 when it placed 89 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song chart. Now, in 2012, the song, and its accompanying dance, are popular at both parties and clubs nation-wide.
So what’s causing the songs newfound success almost four years after its initial release? Well, the accompanying dance is a series of basic movements, simple enough for even the worst of dancers to catch onto, but free enough for skilled to personalize.
“I learned the Wobble about a week ago. It was actually quite fun. It was much easier for me to dance when I knew certain moves to do, and didn’t have to dance on my own, being nerdy,” Meggie Myers, a National Student Leadership Conference attendee from New Jersey, said.
“I’m not much of a dancer. I’ll definitely take it back home and spread it around, ” Myers continues.
While it’s unclear where the line dancing moves for the Wobble’s come from (V.I.C. does not use the steps in his official music video), people from across the nation have learned them through interpersonal experience or from looking them up online. Google, Wikipedia, and Ask.com all feature links to or a specific step by step print out of the moves.
“I learned it by watching everybody else, I’d heard of it but I had never actually done it,” Elana Greene, a fellow NSLC student from Maryland, said. “I like it because it’s simple and everyone can get involved in it. It doesn’t exclude anyone in anyway.”
Historically, the majority of trending dance moves last for a short period of time. The Wobble however, may experience an extended lifespan as popularity continues to grow.
While the Wobble may be one of many dance trends, its appeal to young audiences may resonate for years to come, much like the Macarena and Soulja Boy.