How did the floss 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?
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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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Last Saturday, 26-year-old Yuliana Bucholz again could not hold back her tears - during their romantic number with Rash, the girl literally began to choke. After the performance, Tatyana Denisova, seeing the condition of the dancer, got up from the jury chair to hug the member of her team and protect her. Everyone in the audience, of course, thought that Juliana was looking forward to another round of conflict with Yegor Druzhinin, because their difficult relationship runs like a red thread through the entire last season of the DANCES show on TNT.
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However, as it turned out, it happened an unforeseen situation that can happen to anyone - Yuliana had a panic attack, which is why part of the performance was not performed quite the way it was previously rehearsed, and when the music ended, the contestant could not utter a word, so grabbed in her chest.
A young mother made a lot of noise when she came to the casting in the last season of the show "DANCES" on TNT - did she have the right, having reached the heights already in the two previous episodes, to again be on the main stage of the country?
Tatyana Denisova made the only right decision, and this week of the project, the closest person to her, her husband Dmitry Twitter, was called to help Juliana. Fans of the show know this talented guy very well, because he not only participated in the 3rd season, but even became its winner!
“Bucholz is such a fighter, even in front of us all. And there is so much hate on the Internet, if you read it, how can you transfer it? She says, I don’t look, but it’s clear that she sees everything, she just doesn’t show us how she worries! Yuliana now really needs to lean on a reliable shoulder, and we have such a person, ”the mentor explained in her profile the choice of a partner for the star of her team.
The guys showed a very touching number, which seemed to be a dedication to their feelings and the child, but at the same time was not without a very strict sexuality.
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Balls and Traditions will become known. Interesting facts
Ball, ball, ball!!!
Ball is always a holiday. Bright, colorful, sparkling, cheerful. And this holiday has always been desired and loved in Russia.
Balls were given all year round, but the season began in late autumn and continued throughout the winter. Often in one evening I had to attend two or three balls, which required considerable strength, besides, many balls ended in the morning, and the next day it was necessary to make visits and prepare for the upcoming amusements.
Balls and masquerade balls were divided into class, professional, age categories, timed to coincide with special celebrations, and were court, public, private, merchant, wedding, children's ...
Balls of the Nobility Assembly, balls of artists and balls held by foreign embassies, merchants' balls were popular in their time.
History of balls in Russia
The first ball in Russia took place in Moscow at the wedding of False Dmitry and Marina Mnishek.
Peter I resumed the balls, and since then they have become loved and revered both in the capitals and in the provinces of the Russian Empire.
Peter's assemblies became the prototype of future balls. The assemblies were gatherings with dances. Assemblies began to be held in St. Petersburg and Moscow as early as 1717 in the homes of the Russian nobility.
Assemblies served not only as a means of entertainment - "for fun", but also a place "for reasoning and friendly conversations."
Then, during the reign of Anna Ioannovna, Elizabeth Petrovna and Catherine II, assemblies completely supplanted balls and masquerade balls.
A ball is a solemn public or secular event, the main component of which is a dance program.
Therefore, since the 18th century, dance has become a compulsory subject in all higher and secondary educational institutions, schools and boarding schools. It was studied at the royal lyceum and at modest vocational and commercial schools, at the gymnasium and at the cadet school.
In Russia, they not only perfectly knew all the latest and old ballroom dances, but also knew how to perfectly perform them. The dance culture of Russia in the 19th century stood at a high level.
Ballroom dress code
The ball has its own ceremonial and rules of conduct, which makes it so majestic and luxurious. All this allowed to maintain sophistication and attractiveness.
It was customary to come to the ball dressed smartly. Cavaliers - in a tailcoat pair, tuxedo or suit (depending on specific requirements and conditions), white shirt and vest. By the way, tailcoats were of different colors, only by the end of the 30s of the XIX century the fashion for black was established.
White gloves were an obligatory item of clothing for gentlemen. The civilians wore kid gloves, and the military wore suede gloves.
Moreover, according to the rules, the lady had every right to refuse the gentleman without gloves. Therefore, it was better to come to the ball in black gloves than no gloves at all.
Civilian gentlemen's costumes depended little on fashion and were recommended to be sewn in classical forms.
The military came in dress uniforms corresponding to their regiments.
Cavaliers came to the ball in boots. Ballroom boots were also worn by the military, and only uhlans were allowed to wear boots. The presence of spurs was not approved. The fact is that the spurs tore the dresses during the dance. But some lancers broke this rule for the sake of panache.
Ladies and girls dressed in fashionable dresses. As a rule, the dress was sewn for one ball and only in extreme cases was used twice.
Ladies could choose any color for the dress, unless otherwise specified. For example, on January 24, 1888, an emerald ball was held in St. Petersburg, at which all those present were dressed in the appropriate color.
Dresses for girls were made in white or pastel colors - blue, pink and ivory, that is, the color of "ivory".
Matching gloves or white gloves were matched with the dress. By the way, wearing rings over gloves was considered bad manners. Even more interesting facts can be found in the historical park "Russia-My History".
Ladies could adorn themselves with a headdress.
The girls were encouraged to have a modest hairstyle. But in any case, the neck had to be open.
The cut of ball gowns depended on fashion, but one thing remained unchanged in it - open neck and shoulders.
With such a cut of the dress, neither a lady nor a girl could appear in the world without jewelry around the neck - a chain with a pendant or a necklace. That is, something had to be worn necessarily.
Ladies' jewelry could be any - the main thing is that they are chosen with taste. Girls were supposed to appear at balls with a minimum amount of jewelry, for example, with a pendant around their neck or a modest bracelet.
An important component of the ladies' ball costume was the fan, which served not so much to create a fresh breath, but as a language of communication, now almost lost.
Recovering to the ball, the lady took with her a ball book - carne or agenda - where, opposite the list of dances, she entered the names of gentlemen who wanted to dance this or that dance with her. Sometimes the reverse side of the fan could be used instead of the agend. It was considered excessive coquetry to brag about your completed agenda, especially to those ladies who were rarely invited.
Rules of conduct at the ball
By accepting the invitation to come to the ball, everyone thus assumed the obligation to dance. Refusing to participate in dances, as well as showing dissatisfaction or making it clear to a partner that you dance with him only out of necessity, was considered a sign of bad taste. And vice versa, it was considered a sign of good education at the ball to dance with pleasure and without coercion, regardless of the partner and his talents.
At a ball, more than at any other social event, a cheerful and amiable expression is appropriate. To show at the ball that you are not in a good mood or are dissatisfied with something is inappropriate and impolite in relation to those having fun.
Starting conversations with acquaintances before paying tribute to the owners was considered indecent. At the same time, not greeting acquaintances (even with a nod of the head) was also unacceptable.
There was a special culture of invitation to dance at the balls. An invitation to a dance was allowed in advance, both before the ball itself and at the ball. At the same time, it was considered impolite if a lady arrived at the ball promising more than the first three dances in advance.
In the ballroom, order and dancing are supervised by the ball steward.
During the ball, gentlemen should monitor the comfort and convenience of the ladies: bring drinks, offer help. The gentleman had to make sure that his lady was not bored.
Talking at a ball is certainly permissible. At the same time, it is not recommended to touch on complex and serious topics, as well as to gather a large company around you.
Buffoonery is not appropriate at balls. Even gentlemen who have a too cheerful disposition are advised to behave with dignity at the ball. Quarrels and quarrels between gentlemen are highly discouraged during the ball, but if disagreements arise, then it is recommended to resolve them outside the dance hall. Ladies are the main decoration of any ball. Therefore, it behooves them to behave affably and nicely. Loud laughter, slander, bad humor can cause disapproval of a decent society. The behavior of the ladies at the ball should be distinguished by modesty, the expression of extreme sympathy for any gentleman can give rise to condemnation.
Most of all, any manifestations of jealousy on the part of ladies and gentlemen are inappropriate at the ball. On the other hand, immodest looks and defiant behavior that provokes other participants in the ball are also unacceptable.
According to the rules, the gentleman began the invitation to dance with the hostess of the house, then all her relatives followed, and only then it was the turn to dance with their familiar ladies.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the ball opened with a polonaise, where in the first pair the host walked with the most honored guest, in the second pair - the hostess with the most honored guest.
At the end of the 19th century, the ball began with a waltz, but court, children's and merchant balls opened with a majestic polonaise.
During the 19th century, the number of dances that a gentleman could dance with one lady during a ball changed. So at the beginning of the century this number was equal to one, and already in the 1880s two or three dances were allowed, not following one after another in a row. Only the bride and groom could dance more than three dances. If the gentleman insisted on more than expected number of dances, the lady refused, not wanting to compromise herself.
During the dance, the gentleman entertained the lady with light secular conversation, while the lady answered modestly and laconic.
The cavalier's duties also included preventing collisions with other couples and preventing his lady from falling.
At the end of the dance, the gentleman asked the lady where to take her: to the buffet or to the place where he took her from. After exchanging mutual bows, the gentleman either left, or could remain next to the lady and continue the conversation for some time.
As a rule, after the mazurka, the gentleman led the lady to the table for dinner, where they could talk and even confess their love.
Everyone had dinner in the side parlors, at small tables.
In addition, a buffet was always open at the balls with various dishes, champagne, a large selection of hot and cold drinks.