No to Shmoney, Yes in Dancing Shmoney!

American Modern Dance, as a performance art form, serves many roles in today’s society. Many American choreographers of today use their art form for social commentary. There are other choreographers who tell stories with their dances.

Twisting, turning and jumping, freaking movements we commonly do when hearing today’s music accompanied with dance.

Filipinos valued cultures and tradition so much. At the same time, we love learning and adapting trends in western country including those viral dances in youtube or any form of social media. 

One of New York hip-hop’s fastest rising viral sensations, the Shmoney Dance. What is the Shmoney Dance?

Shmoney is slang for any money obtained through illegal activities, such as selling drugs and robbing people. There is also a dance dedicated to Shmoney known as the Shmoney Dance.

Based on that urban dictionary definition, shmoney is not really a good thing but art the of dance put in the music is our concern.

It’s a somewhat indistinct riff on the classic two-step that was popularized by the little known Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda. Back in March, Shmurda uploaded a video to YouTube for his single “Hot Nigga.” It depicted him smoking joints on top of a car and drinking from a Styrofoam cup. It did not seem especially noteworthy. But there’s a moment at the video’s 2:20 mark in which Shmurda tosses his Knicks hat to the ground, turns his back to the camera, and begins twisting his back and arms with a nicely articulated swagger.

The video was popular, getting about 450,000 views in three months, as Complex notes, considerably more, at the time, than an earlier video for the song “Shmoney Dance” by Rowdy Rebbel featuring Bobby Shmurda. But when someone put that particular clip noted above on Vine, both the video and the Shmoney Dance took off.

Choreographer Jamaica Craft and Vine-famous dancer Sione Kelepi helped Rolling Stone break down the origin of these dances and provided tips on how anyone can employ them in their everyday life.

Dance crazes have been around for centuries, but thanks to Vine and YouTube, they now spread more quickly than ever. From Bobby Shmurda to Silentó, it’s often teenagers who not only originate these new and fun dances but help to circulate them online until the likes of Drake and Beyoncé are busting them out in their own routines.

Shmoney is only difficult if you’re not lost in the moment. Think it’s hard if you are trying to do too much with it. Let go of the stress and just let the music go through your body and just have the groove.

You have to sway your hips with your arms raised and groove in place to the beat. It’s almost like the Camel Walk, Sixties, James Brown kind of dance; you have to let the music take control.

Best time to use It At any party or gathering when you just want to groove. Anytime you have a cocktail or a drink in your hand and you don’t want to spill it, do the Shmoney.

The original video is now nearing 12 million views, with dozens of parody videos popping up on YouTube and Vine everyday. Meanwhile, Shmurda says he’s since received attention from better known rappers like Fabolous, Yo Gotti, and Meek Mill, with whom he recently performed in Miami.

The dance seems to have gathered momentum in part because of its versatility, with fans pointing out that you can do its moves to just about anything.

The verve and exhilaration of dance attracts people of all ages, as does the sense of community, the sheer pleasure of moving to music, and the physical closeness. In the process, people learn more about themselves, break down inhibitions, stimulate their minds, and find new friends.

A proof of that this goes in all ages, a video going just as viral as the track, a cop getting down to Shmurda’s song and doing the new dance craze, the Shmoney Dance. Obviously this dance goes far beyond its Brooklyn roots.

Finally, many choreographers simply manipulate the tools of choreography to visually create something new and interesting-perhaps something never seen before. Whatever the specific intent of the choreographer the role of dance today is to communicate, to create, and to educate.
– Beth Braun and Mark English



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