How to do the cookie dance
Chip Chocolate on 'Cookie Dance', a rap battle with The Cookie Monster
Do you know the cookie dance? And no, it’s not a dance you do to summon cookies, but rather one you do to celebrate them. Rapper Chip Chocolate (real name: Jesse Wellens) created his first song, “Cookie Dance,” out of nothing but a young boy’s pure love of the delectable dessert. And now that Chip Chocolate’s first music video has more than a million views, the cookie dance is no longer just a childhood dream.
We caught up with Chip Chocolate to find out about his inspiration, career goals, and if he was really sitting in a tub of milk:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When was the cookie dance originally created?
CHIP CHOCOLATE: The cookie dance was originally created from Chip Chocolate, since he was a kid he was doing the cookie dance. He always loved cookies.
When did you actually make the video?
The video was shot Sept. 28.
And now it has more than a million views. Did you expect this kind of response?
Sorta, yeah. I knew that this was going to be cool for everybody. I felt like the cookie dance, the message, and everything about it was all geared towards every demographic that watches internet videos, and I just thought everyone could share the cookie dance. I think the hip-hop game needs the cookie dance right now.
What came first: The name Chip Chocolate or the song?
They came about the same time.
Is this your first track?
Yes, this is Chip Chocolate’s very first song ever.
Where did the idea for “Cookie Dance” originate?
The idea originated because I love cookies so much, and I just feel like, cookies are so delicious. When I eat a cookie, it makes me want to dance, cause I’m so happy that I’m enjoying a cookie. So I figured you could burn some calories and enjoy a cookie at the same time. So it’s like a wash when you eat one.
Did you write the song?
I did. Chip Chocolate wrote the song. My friends actually from Philadelphia helped produce the song, like professionals. It’s a bunch of our friends who came together. We created the whole video and song.
What is Chip Chocolate’s career goal? What’s next?
Chip Chocolate’s career goal is just to see how many people in the world he can get to enjoy the cookie dance together. Could this be the next “Gangnam Style?” Could everyone enjoy the cookie dance? The goal of “Cookie Dance” is to try and get children and their parents to both get involved, something they can share together. It’s something in the kitchen they can do together. I don’t think you can do this with a lot of hip-hop songs now on main stream music, where kids and adults can all get down together.
Were you really in a tub full of milk?
Yes, that was 2 percent.
How many gallons?
I don’t know. We didn’t waste it. It wasn’t all straight milk. It was powdered milk too. It’s good for your skin.
Would Chip Chocolate ever work with the cookie monster?
I think Chip Chocolate and the Cookie Monster need to have an epic rap battle.
What is your favorite type of cookie?
It usually switches up every week. I’m just feeling like a traditional chocolate chip cookie right now, with real big chunks of chocolate chips.
Do you enjoy other desserts? Are you a cake man, or are you strictly cookies?
I like all desserts, but definitely cookies are the number one.
Apart from Chip Chocolate, are there other personas you want to explore in the future, or is this your game plan for now?
I think I’m going to be in the cookie game for a little while now. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I wasn’t anticipating this many people to watch the video right away, but it’s awesome that I can share the cookie love with everybody in the world. I think the song is real big in Sweden right now. It was number one in Sweden for a while. When they dropped the song it was number one on the hip-hop charts in Sweden for at least a week or two. Canada, when we dropped the song, it beat a lot of Drake’s album in Canada. So people are enjoying cookies more in Canada than they are Drake, which is pretty cool. We didn’t anticipate it doing that on iTunes charts. We didn’t know.
Would you consider making an album?
I don’t know if there could be a whole Chip Chocolate “Cookie Dance” album. Maybe there could be a love song, Chip Chocolate has to decide between his girl and cookies. Maybe there’s a love song there. I just want to share the cookie love with everybody. That’s pretty much it.
In case you missed it, watch Chip Chocolate’s music video for “Cookie Dance” below:
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A few weeks ago, Cookies Dance Team took first place at the 20th annual VIBE Dance Competition, held at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. It was an evening packed with mind-blowing choreography, jaw-dropping talent, PG-21 humor, and everything in between. You can relive the night by READING about it or WATCHING performance videos, but you probably saw what Cookies decided to do with the prize money.
As we wrapped up the ‘oohs’, ‘ahhs’, congratulations, and thanks, there was still so much buzz surrounding our winners’ set. It felt impossible to get over their performance. Yes, it was nothing short of artistically brilliant – but the real reason we couldn’t shake it, (as people, not just as dancers), was because it stirred something deeper in each of us: the notions of suffering, sacrifice, and selflessness in the message that Cookies delivered using their beautifully crafted set.“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
The medley was already unforgettable for the way it moved each audience member in that theater, and later the 1 million+ viewers on YouTube. Then, a few days after the competition, the team announced that they would be donating the prize money to World Vision, a non-profit devoted to fighting poverty and injustice across the globe.
“Please help us support this great cause by donating, or simply sharing! Thank you.”
-@CookiesSD, comment on their performance video.
The news was both surprising and touching, but the giving didn’t stop there. Cookies’ generosity inspired the other top-3 placing teams, GRV and The Company, to do the same. All of the prize money from VIBE XX Dance Competition has been donated to World Vision.
“It started as a tiny seed of an idea and grew so unexpectedly. This is such a proud moment for the dance community.”
— Keone<< REWIND <<
Road To Vibe
Curious about and intrigued by their vision, I sat down with Cookies Directors Keone Madrid, Carlo Darang, and Jason Patio to find out more about their intents and processes.
“The philanthropy side wasn’t a part of it initially, actually. We derived the concept from the music itself – then everything came from there.”
The theme of “Orphans” had been on Keone’s mind for a while, but when he discovered the song (“Brother” by Matt Corby), he heard the idea come to life. Keone and his fellow directors committed to making the vision come to life through their VIBE set.
“We wanted to approach the theme in a more realistic manner and less of a theatrical, ‘Annie’, way. We are representing something very real and very personal.”
As we all saw, the music and their ideas meshed in perfect audio-visual harmony: everything from the use of props, costumes, and voices to the choreography and staging. The medley is consistently impactful throughout, translating an idea and a story through movement and performance. It’s even beyond just visually appealing – it’s raw and real.THE UNDERLYING CONNECTION
The reason the idea manifested itself so organically, was because the intent behind it was just.. genuine.
“I see children as people in their purest and most honest form. They’re so innocent, and take pleasure in simple things- a toy, a song, the company of a friend. We wanted to take the concept of underprivileged 3rd world children coming together, and dance AS and FOR them.”
Once the medley was introduced, it was upon each member of Cookies to find their intrinsic connection with the theme. They discovered, both individually and as a unit, what it means to be truly selfless.
“We had one rehearsal where we had everyone on the team write down, anonymously, what they were dancing for. Then we each picked out a random one of these papers, and took it upon ourselves to dance for our fellow teammates’ cause. This way, we were taken out of our own minds and invested in the performance for another.”
“It made us fight for each other.”
Cookies ran the set 7 times during that rehearsal. Seven. Times. Back. To back. To back.
“I think that was a pivotal rehearsal. When we fully realized our responsibility, our mission to share the message. It starts here, with us. But it’s not about us. It’s about them.”
As the date for VIBE approached, each rehearsal became exponentially more dense with meaning and emotion, as the team continually checked back in with the message, the powerful thesis that tied everything and everyone together.CONTINUING THE MISSION
“Our first objective was simply to share a message. It wasn’t until we were all on stage and the placings were announced, that Jason told me ‘The team wants to donate the prize money to World Vision.’ It felt so right – and I was all the more inspired that our whole team thought to do that.”
A few days later, GRV and The Company, sharing the same passion to affect positive change, donated their checks as well.“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
― Winston S. ChurchillTHE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
Where Bonds Form
There were so many avant-garde and risky elements to the set, but for any viewer that thought them natural or easy to pull off, think again.
“Blocking was challenging.. Everything took experimentation and patience. Every little detail counts, and had to be methodically planned out.”
From flimsy blankets that add unwanted movement when not held taught, to slippery socks (made dance-able in by cutting holes at the bottoms), to several of the team members getting sick or injured, the medley was far from painless to design or perform.
“The part where we form that shell.. We had made it so that 30+ people, shuffling in baby steps across the stage, dripping sweat, pretty much piled on top of each other, could listen to Kayla’s counts to stop at center stage.”
Seemingly impossible challenges were made workable because the team trusted each other.
“Every single rehearsal was rough. But the struggles ultimately bonded us. It took friendships to a whole new level, from sharing our emotions to navigating through technical hardships.”
Back To Vibe
According to the directors, there were actually a lot of mistakes during the performance. It wasn’t the cleanest nor the most perfect run-through.
“I think that made it better, actually. As great as cleanliness is, I found it was imperfectly perfect. It showed Cookies being raw and vulnerable.”
The medley became so much more than a competition set. The message touched over a million viewers and some media outlets, and more importantly, seeded in the mind of dancers the idea that we can do things with our talents beyond ourselves.
Has this medley or story inspired you in some way to act? Comment below!
We know that we take pride and joy in sharing our art with the world (especially if it’s for a purpose), but here are some small pleasures you can get from dance, too.
How Cookies Inspired A Movement In The Dance Community At Vibe was originally published on STEEZY
Scientists have named the perfect cookie for a quick tea break - Gazeta.Ru
Scientists have named the perfect cookie for a quick tea break - Gazeta. Ru | News
Scientists from the University Hospital of Wales have found that choosing the right biscuits and brewing method can save time on tea drinking. Research published in Christmas Issue The BMJ .
By observing how medical staff avoided breaks due to lack of time, the researchers set out to determine the ideal settings for a quick tea. Most workers paired tea with biscuits, so the scientists rated four varieties of biscuits for nutritional value and crunchiness after being dipped in tea.
Each type of biscuit received penalty points if eating it led to adverse events, such as breaking during dipping. In total, scientists conducted six different tests, and oatmeal cookies won by a wide margin. It had the highest energy content (70 kcal per cookie). In addition, oatmeal cookies lasted a whopping 34.3 seconds in hot tea. nine0003
Scientists have found that a cup of tea reaches its optimum temperature (61ºC) in 420 seconds with 30 ml of low-fat cow's milk, and 370 seconds with 40 ml of milk. In addition, dipping cookies in tea made it possible to cool the drink faster. Based on these results, the researchers suggest that busy workers can easily enjoy tea and biscuits in less than 10 minutes.
The authors acknowledge some of the study's limitations: opinions differed on how to make a delicious cup of tea. In addition, they used a limited set of biscuit varieties. nine0003
Although the researchers did not evaluate changes in staff mood and performance, they believe that tea drinking is an important daily ritual that promotes team bonding.
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An American woman "blew up" social networks by starting to cook sweets according to recipes from gravestones. Who are tafophiles and why are cemeteries so tempting
An American blew up TikTok by sharing her hobby on social media — she cooks dishes according to recipes she finds on tombstones.
The girl has already mastered a dozen recipes, such as squirt cookies, fudge, blueberry pie and cheese sauce.
TikTok has many popular cemetery-themed accounts. They are led by tafophiles - people with a passion for walking through cemeteries, funeral rituals and attributes. nine0003
In some countries, residents do not see anything special when they spend time in a cemetery. For example, in Mexico it is a meeting place for picnics on the Day of the Dead, and in Japan it is a sports ground. What happened?
- Rosie Grant studied librarianship at the University of Maryland and did her graduate internship at the US Congressional Cemetery Archives. To do this, she plunged into the study of various burials. nine0138
- The girl started a TikTok account, which she called "Ghost Archives", and began to talk about her practice in it. At some point, she discovered that recipes were left on some tombstones, and decided to cook one of them, talking about it on the social network. Her first video on the subject went viral, and she began to look for such recipes all over the United States.
- Rosie said that by cooking these recipes, you can memorialize the deceased and at the same time "celebrate his life." nine0138
Such dishes seem to allow us to honor the memory of the deceased with all the senses, and not just remembering him. When you eat grandma's cake, cookies, or whatever, you feel more connected to her.Rosie Grant
To date, Rosie Grant has found about a dozen recipes on tombstones, not only in the US, but also in Israel.
- The first was a German syringe recipe from a deceased New Yorker. The tombstone had no instructions, but was engraved with a list of simple ingredients: butter, sugar, vanilla, egg, flour, baking powder, and salt. According to Grant, the cookies came out "divine". nine0138
- Another find was a fudge, the step-by-step preparation of which the deceased asked to be written at her burial site in Utah. Grant made some fudge and posted the video again on social media. The woman's granddaughter stumbled upon him. She said that she remembers her grandmother as "the most joyful and loving person." According to the girl, she loved to cook, often treated others to her pastries and always carried chocolate toffees with her, giving them to strangers. nine0138
- Grant made several other dishes: date and nut bread, oatmeal cookies, the popular Snickerdoodle cookie in the US, blueberry pie, peach cobbler, nut rolls and even cheese sauce.
- These recipes are "to die for," she says.
Rosie Grant also noticed that when she started running Ghost Archives, she found countless graveyard-themed TikTok accounts. They belong to the tafophiles - people with an addiction to cemeteries, tombstones and funeral rituals. nine0003
- Some people photograph or draw gravestones and monuments.
- Someone collects grave attributes and items that are somehow connected with the funeral, such as crosses.
- Others have an increased interest in the process of burial, from digging the grave to lowering the coffin into the ground.
- There are thafophiles who simply attend the ceremonies of strangers. For example, a resident of London has already attended 200 ceremonies, including abroad. Locals often invite her to come to the funerals of those who have no family or friends. According to the woman, she is "fascinated by death" and the aesthetics of cemeteries and even defended her doctoral dissertation in this area. nine0138
- Many people are interested in celebrity burial sites.
- For some, a cemetery is primarily a quiet and peaceful place. On the Web, lovers of walking between the graves say that they seem to be being watched there, and this is “romantic”.
- According to the young tafophiles, “the hustle and bustle go away” at the cemetery, there is fresh air and silence, and there is time to think “about the main thing”. One girl explained her craving for cemeteries by the fact that "they don't stick there."
In some countries, people do not see anything special in spending time in cemeteries. This is part of their culture.
- For example, in Mexico in early November they celebrate the Day of the Dead, analogous to Halloween. On November 1, residents honor the dead children, and on the 2nd - those who died as adults. And this is not a sad holiday at all, but a real festival, with grandiose masquerade processions, songs and dances.