A Year In Everything: Lakin Starling
In 2016, these kids danced from the heart and made me really damn happy.
Throughout this mournful year, I found myself needing constant sources of good energy. I found THAT ENERGY in the countless videos of gifted young dancers on the internet. It became one of my favorite pastimes to spend chunks of time looping Twitter and Instagram videos of viral or bound-to-be-viral kids and their moves. I hyped them through my screen, sent links to my little brother asking him what the names of certain challenges were, and often teared up at their passion. Below are some of my favorite .gifs, clips, and videos from the year in dance.
An Ode To “Sorry”
After Beyonce released Lemonade album, “Sorry” became an anthem for unapologetic women and girls all over. This adorable little lady taps into her fierceness as she she sings and dances to the hook — with an serious emphasis on “Boy, bye.”
Usher’s “No Limit” Video
In the Young Thug-featuring video, Usher calls on talented young dancers like Meechie, Toosi, Shmateo, and Ayo to step up to the spotlight and show him some moves. Besides watching Usher beam while hitting the folks, it’s endearing to see these young guys dance together.
When Instagram Star Cece Was Inspired By Solange’s Choreography
While teasing her visuals for A Seat at the Table, Solange put a video on her Instagram of her doing her choreography, and the hilarious and adorable Instagram star Cece made a video reenacting her moves. It was so adorable that Solange reposted.
Markenna Steps Up To Chris Brown’s #KrissKrossChallenge
Nine-year-old Markena bodied this young boy in the parking lot as a part of Chris Brown’s #KrissKrossChallenge — so much so, the singer reposted the video with the caption “Ladies winnning 🙏🏾"
Taylor Hatala & Kyndall Harris Dancing To “Panda”
These all-star besties went viral with this video of them dancing to one of 2016’s most polarizing songs.
The Most Lit Math Class Ever
With the help of their phenomenal teacher, this fourth grade math class threw some on heat the rules of long division with a song and some moves.
When Shmateo Invented The Reverse Dance
This emerging dancer came up with the dance where you do all of the most popular moves, except backwards.
When 4-Year Old Tavaris Jones Juju’d On That Beat On Ellen
The viral tot did the challenge so well that he landed spot on daytime television, where he killed it.
J’Den’s Legendary #ReverseChallenge
Her version got her the “Reverse Princess” title.
Also, J’Den’s #SleepChallenge In The Driveway
She’s so lit.
Fresh The Clowns Introduced The #TZAnthem To The World
This pair of Detroit clowns reached out to Zay Hilfigierrr to make a song for the dance, which would eventually become “Juju On That Beat.”
JBH’s Backyard Moves To “Fall In Love”
Dancer/Rapper Yvng Swag reposted this video of JBH after he danced to his song, “Fall In Luv.” A few weeks later, JBH’s nimble moves went viral again (He can get lit to country too!!!)