The Soulja Boy dance is a popular choreographed dance routine set to an infectious hip hop beat.
The Artist and Song
Soulja Boy, sometimes called Soulja Boy Tellem, is a popular young rapper, thanks in large part to his Internet presence. While trying to find a home for his music, he made heavy use of YouTube and MySpace to share his songs with fans.
The song associated with the Soulja Boy Dance is "Crank That (Soulja Boy)." In 2007, it became a number one hit after first being released online by the artist.
The music video for the song helped to popularize the dance. It begins with two young children performing the dance in a record executive's office, which is a fairly accurate portrayal of the song's ability to appeal to a wide-ranging audience. Despite its popular appeal, the song and Soulja Boy's first major label album were universally panned by critics. However, platinum-level sales show that listeners didn't care.
Learning the Soulja Boy Dance
One of the best sources for learning how to do the Soulja Boy dance is the instructional video provided by Soulja Boy himself. He breaks the dance down into each of its steps, demonstrating each piece separately and then performing it in sequence with previously learned movements. In this way, dancers work their way up to performing the complete choreography. After focusing on performing the steps in one direction, Soulja Boy then reviews them starting with the other foot. For this second time through, he gives a more general overview and doesn't take as much time describing each step. Finally, he plays the beginning of "Crank That" and gives everyone a chance to try out the newly learned dance.In addition, this dance has been so popular that hundreds of individuals and groups have recorded themselves performing the steps. Search for the dance on any video site to find uploaded performances. Some are just there to provide laughs, but others will give you worthy models to mimic in your own performance.
- Start the dance by standing with your feet shoulder width apart. Your body should be relaxed. Jump, cross you feet, and immediately jump back to your starting position.
- Kick you left foot back, bending your knee, and touch your hand to the bottom of your foot.
- Twist your hips from side to side and then sit back into your right hip, with your left knee slightly bent and your toe still on the ground. Hold your arms slightly lower than shoulder height, keeping them loose, and move them back and forth as you twist. Lower your arms and snap your fingers as you lean back.
- Move your right foot and touch your toe diagonally to the left. The knee should be slightly bent so that you do not look like you are trying to perform a ballet movement. Move your foot and touch your toe again in line with your right shoulder. Lift your right leg with bent knee and touch your hand to your knee.
- Turn your body slightly to the left. Place your hands together, palm to palm, and hold them at chest level, pointing out. Push off with your hands, swinging your arms to opposite sides while you lean forward slightly and lift your right leg with bended knee. This part is easy to match to the song because he actually says "Superman" in the lyrics, and the step is meant to mirror a flying movement.
- Keeping your feet shoulder width apart, jump to the left three times and to the right three times. Repeat. Arms should be held loosely at shoulder height; as you move to the left, they should swing to the right and vice versa.
- Repeat these steps on the other side.
Whether you want to impress your friends at the club or add your video to the legions of fans on YouTube, with these instructions, you should be ready to "Crank That."