If you haven’t been on TikTok, where have you been? The app has been a hit, especially over the last year or two, bringing users vids that provide comedy, education and entertainment - specifically, dance. So who are these innovators shaping and molding the music and dance world one TikTok at a time? Let’s meet a few of them.
Follow big names like Lizzo or Kourtney Kardashian? Then you’ve probably seen them perform Jalaiah Harmon’s dance to K CAMP’s “Lottery” (aka “the Renegade song”).
The hype around the “Renegade” dance started when a friend asked her to collaborate on a post one day after school. Classically trained, Harmon combined some of her own original moves with moves from some of her other favorite dances and the rest was history.
So what’s Jalaiah up to lately? She’s taught her own dance classes and even performed with stars liike Teyana Taylor. Now, she aims to show her fans and followers a different side of her life with ‘I Am: Jalaiah’, a documentary series that recently debuted on YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.
Keara Wilson, aka Keke, the creator of the “Savage” dance wasn’t TikTok’s biggest fan at first.
“But one day, it just clicked and I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, I love TikTok. I just wanna do all these dances on here.’ And then I got addicted…like, bad,” she told Cosmopolitan.
One day, Keke, who had been a dancer for ten years, was feeling Megan Thee Stallion’s new album and on a whim, created what would become one of the most popular TikTok dances to date in just about an hour.
After her “Savage” dance, TikTok and social media have become full time endeavors for Keke, and she only hopes to keep moving up in the entertainment world, citing television roles as her next big goal.
If you’re one of the many TikTokers who have been hypnotized by Michael Le’s dance to “Hey Julie”, you’re not alone. Surprisingly enough, the seasoned dancer created the moves in just about ten minutes, hearing the music and just going with it.
Unlike a lot of TikTok dancers, Le’s fame is original to TikTok - that is, his followers didn’t carry over from another app. But if he looks familiar, you just might have caught him on his (also viral) YouTube, where his content ranges more towards comedy and pranks.
If anyone proves TikTok is for everyone, just ask Jabbawockeez. From their iconic look to their unreal moves, there’s no mistaking the Jabbawockeez. This dance crew originally got their fame on America’s Best Dance Crew in 2008, and even enjoyed a residency in Vegas before blowing up on TikTok.
It’s hard to say which Jabbawockeez dance is the most memorable, especially when they aim to make memorable moves constantly, but we’re loving the TikTok for BGYO’s “the Baddest”, where they don street clothes alongside their usual mime masks and blink-and-you-might-miss-them moves.
TikTok has become more than just a social media hub, it’s the spot to see latest trends, hear new music and yes, catch the latest dances. Who’s moves are you loving these days?