8 TikTok dances to learn with your family that are easier than ‘Renegade’ and less awks than ‘I’m a Savage’

  • During the coronavirus lockdown, loads of people’s parents are joining TikTok
  • Avoid the embarrassment of their freestyling by working on these viral moves with them (plus that’s your workout, done!)
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Jimmy Fallon gets schooled by TikTok star Charli D'Amelio. Photo: YouTube

It seems like everyone has finally joined TikTok. Which is great! What’s not so hot is that everyone’s PARENTS also seem to be signing up. And taking on the viral dance challenges.

Sure, it’s nice that they’re providing humour.

“It’s been inspiring to see the TikTok community band together to bring some light, laughter and positivity to this challenging time,” TikTok’s Head of Content Programming Greg Justice said.

“We’ve seen an impressive breath of content being created as well as an outpouring of creativity from users of all ages.”

But there are some things you just don’t need to see. Like your dad nailing I’m a Savage.

Here are some of the more family-friendly (and easy!) TikTok dances to learn with your quarantine castmates.

1 Something New

This may be the easiest TikTok dance for a bored family to master – as evidenced by celebrity families including the Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez clan and the LeBron James crew. The dance is performed to Something New by Wiz Khalifa (featuring Ty Dolla $ign).

Start by lining up oldest to youngest. Then each family member performs a little shimmy to reveal the next person. Oh-so-adorable!

2 Blinding Lights

This TikTok dance may take slightly more coordination, but it’s totally worth the time it takes to learn it.

Performed to Blinding Lights by The Weeknd, this heart-pumping routine doubles as a workout. Bonus points if you can teach dad to do it.

3 Toosie Slide

No, you don’t have to have moves like Michael Jackson to pull this off, so get your grandparents involved! Turn up Drake’s Toosie Slide for this simple TikTok dance.

Feel free to get down with your bad self before the chorus jumps in and you follow along to the lyrics: “Right foot up, left foot slide, left foot up, right foot slide.” Fun, right?

4 Oh Na Na Na

This one may require a couple of hours to tackle, but you’re bored, right? It also requires a partner and some snappy footwork. But if Jimmy Fallon can do it, so can your dad!

He was taught by TikTok star Charli D’Amelio and nailed it.

5 Hit Yo Rollie

“One hand. One hand! Two hands. Two hands!” We can’t get enough of this dance. Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the DJ on The Ellen Degeneres Show, and his wife Allison Holker, do this one with their newborn baby.

Sure, they are professional dancers, but don’t let it stop you. Just “lean with it, rock with it”.

6 Laxed (Siren beat)

Simple, but catchy! This easy dance paired with a happy-go-lucky tune may be just what you need right now. We spotted Hong Kong student Christian Suen rocking this one.

7 Magic in the Hamptons

This peppy dance is done to Magic in the Hamptons by Social House.

It’s another one that could take some people a little more time to learn, but at least he’s there?!

8 The Kick Drop

It’s always nice when the lyrics sort of tell you what to do. Nate Conner’s The Kick Drop can be learned pretty quickly, and can be done holding a small child or pet – or, you know, in full firefighter gear.

Wait, you're not on TikTok yet?

In the unlikely you haven’t created an account yet, here’s a guide to learning a TikTok dance.

Some have online tutorials, or you can simply find the dance you want to learn and watch the video over and over again until you have it down. But the best way to learn a more complicated dance is by “practising” it first as a “Duet” in TikTok.

First, find a video of the dance you want to learn, then tap the arrow icon as if you were going to share it. Tap “Duet”. Slow the video down and practise alongside the original video.

Pro tip: unless terrible dancing is going to be Your Thing, don’t share these outtakes! Delete! Delete!

Once you have mastered the dance, go create your Tiktok using the “Sound” for that dance.

What are you waiting for? Do up your dancing shoes!

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