How did flossing dance start

How do you do the floss dance, who is The Backpack Kid and why is he suing Fortnite?

IT was one of the biggest crazes of the past 12 months - with everyone from sports stars, actors, presenters and Fortnite gamers getting in on the act.

Dubbed the new dab, the move got kids and teens dancing all over the world.

How do you do the floss dance move?

To do the floss dance move, you swing your hips in the opposite direction to your arms - which are in two fists.

After swinging your arms to one side, keeping them straight, you then move one arm behind your back, and bring it back out in front.

Your hips are swinging from side-to-side with each beat.

You then swing your arms out to the other side and repeat the same moves.

Start slowly, and then increase your speed as you get more confident.

Et voila! Parents, you're officially "down with the kids".

Don't worry if you struggle at first. It's harder than it looks, and requires A LOT of coordination.

Who is The Backpack Kid and why is he suing Fortnite?

The floss dance was invented by Insta-famous dancer The Backpack Kid, aka 16-year-old Russell Horning, who has 2 million followers.

He posted a video of himself doing the dance move on August 18, 2016, and it soon racked up tens of thousands of views.

School kid Russell, from the States, is known for his free-flowing dance moves and deadpan expression.

Several YouTubers followed suit with similar videos.

Then on May 20, 2017, The Backpack Kid stole the show on Saturday Night Live, as he did the dance to a live performance of Katy Perry's song Swish Swish.

He even wore his signature rucksack on stage.

In December 2018, Russell announced that he was suing Fortnite publisher Epic Games for using his moves in-game without permission.

A representative for the company said: "We do not comment on ongoing litigation."

Why are some calling for it to be banned?

The craze, which hit new heights in Britain after Tottenham ace Dele Alli celebrated his 22nd birthday with a hilarious attempt at the dance, has led a school in Devon to ban the move.

While Kate Garraway and Charlotte Hawkins embraced their "embarrassing mum" sides on Good Morning Britain, it seems Ilfracombe Junior School is keen to ensure other mums don't follow suit.

The move, which has strong associations with the ultra-popular video game Fortnite, has been accused of being used to "surround and intimidate children" in the playground.

Headteacher Catherine Cox sent out a letter to bemused parents saying: “Fortnite is about the mass killing of other human beings and being rewarded by a dance of celebration if you are successful. One of these dances is called the Nazi dance!"

However, the ban has infuriated parents who took to social media to vent their anger, with one raging: “My daughter is eight. She doesn’t even know what Fortnite is. I find this ludicrous my child now feels this way about a dance.”



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Do you think YOUR child could do it?

We'd love to see your kid attempting the dance - so why not teach them the moves?

Please send in your videos to myvideo@thesun., using "Floss Dance" as the email subject.

If we like your video, we shall feature it in a video montage on our site... so get practising!

How to floss dance, who created it and why is everyone doing it?

The floss dance began on Instagram and now everyone is flossing away (Pictures: Instagram/ITV)

Just when you thought you were getting the hang of the dab, a brand new on-trend dance move comes along.

It’s called the floss dance, and if you want to be down with the kids you better learn how to do it.

Unfortunately, it requires a lot more coordination than the Cha Cha Slide or the Hokey Cokey. Or any moves from Flashdance.

But hey, if a stern-faced child known as ‘the backpack kid’ can do it and seem cool, surely you can as well? Here’s the low-down on the floss…


How to do the floss

  • Put on some music
  • Put on a rucksack (optional)
  • Stand with your knees ever so slightly bent
  • Put your hands in fists
  • Place your arms, relaxed, at either side of your body
  • Begin to swing your arms left and right around your torso in the opposite direction to your hips
  • Keep doing it
  • Increase speed and bend knees occasionally for effect

After building confidence, you can also bring in other moves with your arms if desired, but this is not mandatory.

The floss dance originates from an Instagram-famous American schoolboy, 16-year-old Russell Horning, known as the backpack kid.

Back in the summer of 2016, Russell’s dance videos began to include the floss, so it’s taken a while to build this level of buzz.

Dele Alli attempts the dance to mark his 22nd birthday (Pictures: Snapchat)

Fans of the backpack kid started to copy his moves and the floss became his signature dance.

Then in May 2017, Russell – who now has nearly 2 million Instagram followers – was invited on to Saturday Night Live to perform his dance alongside Katy Perry when she sang her tune Swish Swish.

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Celebs who have now attempted the dance include Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, Tottenham ace Dele Alli and GMB’s Kate Garraway and Charlotte Hawkins.

Why is everybody doing it? Well, sometimes the internet commands, and we mere mortals can do nought but obey.

(Picture: Giphy)

If you’re not a fan of a dance that makes it look like you’re flossing your nether regions, why not resurrect the twerk, the Harlem Shake or the stanky leg?

And don’t forget, there’s always dad dancing.

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Dental floss made the world floss


Hey, are you dancing the floss? The same floss dance that literally conquered the whole world? Not? Then rather look for a training video on the Internet. There are a great many of them!

When Russell Horning posted a video of his dance move on Instagram, in just a matter of days, he went from a typical American teenager from Lawrenceville, Georgia, to a guy who will be recognized by the face all over the world.

The dance went viral and interested Katy Perry herself, who invited the creative 15-year-old to perform with her on Saturday Night Live. At the end of the speech, the number of subscribers to his account reached 585 thousand people. Later, he also starred in the music video for Swish Swish.

After such a resounding success, Russell came up with the nickname Backpack Kid (a boy with a backpack) and began to dance his Floss dance exclusively with a backpack on his shoulders, believing that it would look much funnier that way.

Today, Russell has over 2 million followers on his Instagram@thebackpackkid, including stars like Rihanna and DJ Diplo, and his dancing draws crowds of fans.

Russell Horning's Floss Dance Master Class


Russell has already managed to try himself as an actor and star in several videos and commercials. He also has his own website where you can buy t-shirts and sweatshirts. Russell is into hip-hop music and plans to keep making people laugh with his social media videos.

Where did the name "Floss" come from?

The dance got such an unusual name because of its resemblance to the movements that we perform when we clean the interdental space with dental floss. The author of the dance is not against this option, but he himself prefers to call his creation "Russell's Dance".

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