How to do the cooking dance

Everything You Need to Know About Doing the Cooking Dance

Now that Lil B's signature dance has proved its staying power, it's time to crank some Cooking Music and make sure your wrist game reaches its full potential.

Chris Schonberger

There have been many food-themed dance crazes through the ages, from the Mashed Potato to the Peppermint Stick. But none captures the joys of culinary creativity as fully as the cooking dance, a trend that can be traced back to rapper and Internet legend Lil B (a.k.a., the Based God).

Lil B refers to many of his songs as Cooking Music, and they’re helpfully labelled as such on his YouTube page. These songs provide the ideal soundtrack for the cooking dance, which essentially involves simulating various kitchen maneuvers—whipping a pot, putting a tray into the oven, spooning food onto a plate—to the beat of the music. Part of the fun is trying to figure what, exactly, the dancer is imagining he’s doing while performing each move. Pounding out a schnitzel? Slicing pineapple of the top of an al pastor spit? Plating a modernist dessert?

After the Based God set the table, the cooking dance exploded as a viral sensation around 2011, starting with amateur YouTube videos and spreading to athletes and other celebrities who busted it out as shorthand for cultural savvy. But what’s most remarkable is it’s longevity—from Little Leaguers to the Aubrey “360 with the wrist” Graham, people have embraced the simplicity of the dance and transformed it from a flash-in-the-pan meme to something far more powerful.

Here at First We Feast, we believe there should be more dancing in the food world. Why don’t more “rock star” chefs have rock star moves when they’re tweezering microgreens onto a plate? And why don’t more restaurants have impromptu 50 Cent dance breaks like Ricardo’s Steak House in East Harlem?

If you love the kitchen and you love to dance, the cooking dance is for you. Here’s what you need to know to master the art.

There are only two appropriate things to say while doing the cooking dance.

One is “let that boy cook.” The other is “swag.”

Garish, impractical jewlery will only enhance your chances of cooking-dance success.

Soulja Boy, tell ’em.

You can flaunt your cooking cred by incorporating moves from your favorite celebrity chefs.

Emeril was doing the cooking dance long before Lil B uttered his first “swag,” tbh.

The cooking dance is appropriate for celebrating life’s triumphs, like scoring a goal in an international soccer matches…

Spread the cooking gospel to the world.

…or scoring a touchdown.

NFL Sundays are practically dancing feasts.

The most important ingredient you can bring to the dance is energy.

Don’t limit yourself to the cooking music of Lil B.

It is acceptable to do the cooking dance while holding actual food.

Some fine Internet denizens have created these GIFs to demonstrate.

When possible, coordinate your cooking with friends.

Every chef de cuisine of dancing could use a sous chef.

Or a whole

brigade of sous, sauciers, and chefs de partie.

The VCU men’s basketball team shows us how it’s done.

When in doubt, look to the Based God.

Don’t forget that eating is a part of cooking.

This move is particularly good for beginners with no rhythm.

Remember that the cooking dance is sort of about drugs, but it’s okay.

When 2 Chainz said he “made a million, off a dinner fork,” he wasn’t talking about making soufflés. He was talking about cooking crack. When visualizing your own cooking dance moves, you should probably focus on motions you’re more familiar with, like beating Betty Crocker brownie mix.

Keep it G-rated.

C’mon, Nicki—the cooking dance is for the kids!


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How Dancing And Recipes Made Emmanuel Duverneau A Viral TikTok Content Creator

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By Jorie Mark/Feb. 3, 2022 9:07 am EST

He's got a spotless kitchen, yummy recipes, and dance moves that will make you drop your oven mitts. Meet Emmanuel Duverneau, a 25-year-old content creator with 1.5 million TikTok fans who was named to the platform's coveted 2022 #BlackTikTok Trailblazers List. It's nearly impossible to keep scrolling once you see Duverneau getting down to "Work from Home" as a smash burger sizzles on his range, so what's his secret?

Like many TikTok legends, Duverneau rose to virality quickly during the pandemic, when quarantine dance routines and banana bread rituals propelled the platform's popularity ahead of that of Instagram among younger users (per CNBC). What makes this sales manager by day/dancing chef by night very different from others on TikTok, however, is his interest in breaking gender norms — as he pointed out to Mashed in an exclusive interview, being a man who cooks and cleans is a fresh take in a genre where women more frequently hold the whisk and mop. Duverneau also opened up about his aspirations for the future, his favorite fast food restaurant, and why he may be Gordon Ramsay's biggest fan.

What it's like to be an almost overnight TikTok sensation, according to Emmanuel Duverneau

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How does it feel to be named to the TikTok Black Trailblazer list?

It feels amazing. I think that the biggest thing that I realized over the time of being on TikTok is that there's not a lot of, I would say, guy food content creators and dancers who actually love what they're doing or showcase [dancing]. To see someone like me, [who is also] a person of color, in any type of different categories, being honored for their creativity, their authenticity, is really great, especially because I feel like there's still some of that social or societal norms that women should be doing a lot to cooking and cleaning, and a lot of different things. That's what I'm showcasing on my page.

It's great to see someone like me doing that. I hope I can, honestly, inspire more guys to feel comfort in doing things that are not the "norm," but doing it because they love it.

How did you end up becoming a TikTok sensation?

Long story short, I started TikTok back in 2020 during COVID. Everyone was bored. I was working my solar [equipment] job, and I started doing dance videos on TikTok. I loved it. I enjoyed doing it. I'm huge into performance arts. I used to do a lot of plays in high school. I did flash mobs in high school, so I am really a creative person. I had some family issues with my dad getting COVID and then passing from it, and within that timeframe, I felt like I started coping with something new, which was cooking. I started cooking a lot more. I wanted to experiment more, because it was the only thing I felt that could take my mind off a lot of different things — putting meals together and having people enjoy the comfort [and] the food that I would make.

I remodeled my home. We purchased the home, remodeled it, and I was talking to my wife. I said, "It doesn't hurt my situation to post on TikTok." I picked up my camera, and I didn't know what I was going to post. I think that funny thing — I posted me vacuuming and cooking, things I usually do when I'm bored or when I want to feel at peace and do something that's soothing. It blew up.

I started cooking, and I incorporated dancing. Within October, when I really started posting, to now, I accumulated ... I remember I had maybe 50 followers, and now it's 1.5 million supporters on the app. I didn't know it was going to be like this, but I guess people really believed in what I was doing when I started to believe that I had something to share with people.

Why dancing is always part of Emmanuel Duverneau's TikTok videos

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What do you think it is that people find so relatable about your content? 

I think it's a combination of all. I think the biggest thing I find that people really enjoy is how I make it look simple. For me, you might not know, but I'm an introvert. I don't like to go out a lot and do a lot of things. I don't have many friends or anything like that, only because I try to find peace with myself and with my family, my relationships and stuff like that. I think what really brings people to the page is seeing how I can make one of the meals you would find in a restaurant at home, and I could show them step-by-step on how [to] do it.

I'm not being too "serious" in the kitchen. I think, most people [believe], "If I'm cooking, I have to be serious. I have to make sure I'm doing everything right." By adding the dancing and the humor to it, I think people could relate to it. Most of the time ... growing up, your parents would cook, but sometimes music was playing in the background, too. Parents would dance and have fun and interact with your kids or family members. I think people could relate to that because I think that's how most people grew up. It wasn't just quietly cooking in the kitchen. It was having fun and enjoying your craft.

Do you recommend that people dance when they're cooking at home?

100%. I recommend not taking it too seriously. Have fun with it. Be careful — you don't want to dance with a knife, but have fun with it. Really enjoy it. I think it ... brings joy. I think it brings a lot more joy. I like to dance and cook, but if someone likes to sing, I recommend when they're chopping, sing a song. Let that inner energy out and put it all towards your craft.

When you're cooking, is there a certain moment where you're like, "Now it's time for the dance routine"?

There's two things I do. One, I want to do it in a way where I catch people off guard where, if I'm cooking, I hit them with something fast, where I feel like they will like it, and they will stay engaged. In reality, that's a snippet in that video. That's just a snippet. Most of the time, I'm dancing. We're listening to music as we're cooking. It's only when we're getting those frames [that] we pause the music, so it's not too distracting. Throughout the whole process of the video, we're doing some dance moves. I'm listening to music. I'm cutting. I'm cooking. Then I place those different snippets that we captured in certain places in the video.

These are the recipe videos Emmanuel Duverneau's fans like the most

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What's your most popular recipe?

I would say my steak that I made on my birthday ... is definitely one that really took off and that the community really enjoyed, and people really enjoyed me making. It was steak with pan sauce, mashed potatoes, and also asparagus. Then I also made a cheesecake ... I think that was surprising how I made [that entire] meal within a day's time. I think that was really popular. Recently, I made this Caesar salad that was an idea from this other creator who went to Cheesecake [Factory] and ordered the salad. I recreated it at home because so many people were craving it. I [thought], "Why not show you that and put ingredients on Instagram on how to do it for yourself?" That [got] 14 million views, and I think it's been a week. I think people really like that one.

Which was the most viral video?

The steak on my birthday. I think that's currently 17 million, but that's been three months. The salad's 14 million in a week, so it's going to surpass that, 100%.

Many of your followers comment on how spotless your kitchen is. How do you keep it so clean?

I'm going to be fully transparent with you: I am a clean freak. I enjoy cleaning. Growing up, we cleaned our home every Saturday. [With] my grandma [and] my mom, we lived in a three-family apartment. My aunt was on the third floor. We were on the second floor. My grandma was on the first floor, and it was always instilled in me that Saturdays are the day to clean. We always had to clean up after our mess. I lived in a home with eight people in an apartment with one bathroom and a small kitchen, and not even enough bedrooms for all of us to sleep in. It was messy all the time, but we had to clean it all the time. 

I [realized] as I was getting older and over time, I found peace in cleaning when I had spare time. Whereas most people would probably want to play games or read, which is great, I would find myself cleaning my range and cleaning down the countertops because I enjoy looking around and having a clean environment.

[As far as] keeping it stylish – I think that I watch a lot of styling shows and I'm into decor, and my wife is as well. We like nice things, too, so we go out, we pick things that we think will look really good, and we style our kitchen, but things that we could also use. We don't want it to just look good; we want the functionality of it to be great.

How Emmanuel Duverneau's mother influences his recipes

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You've mentioned that your mother taught you to cook. What's the most important lesson you got from your mom about food?

You have to cook with love. I think that when you're cooking with the love, you can make great dishes. She told me this all the time: Cooking is not supposed to feel forced. You're supposed to experiment and play around. I watched her do things [like] not even using a measuring cup. How did you know how much seasoning or chicken bouillon to put in there? How did you know how many peppers to put in there? It's all based off of the taste and what you think in your head is good enough.

[I learned from] watching my mom cook, and also my dad, because my dad cooked a lot in our household. It was more ... it looked like they were experimenting to me. Over time, I think that [it was based on] their taste buds or their experience — they knew exactly what to do in each individual meal.

That's how I am now. I know exactly, in a way, how much to use certain things. I don't really have a recipe in mind, or sometimes I'm loosely following recipes, but I know exactly what I could put and substitute for different things, because I grew up for 20 years watching my mom and dad do that.

Do you ever change up your recipes?

100%. All the time. Even on TikTok when I posted something, and then I talked to my wife. I said, "Wow, I think red pepper flakes would've really given it that extra kick. Let's tell them to add red pepper flakes because I know, in my mind, it would be a little bit better with that." So, 100%, I do that a lot.

If you could have anyone cook dinner for you, who would it be and why?

If I could have anyone cook dinner for me, I would probably say my mom, again, because I really miss her food. I used to eat her food all the time, and I moved out to California in 2017. I see her maybe twice a year, so I do miss my mom and grandma's food all the time. I usually ask them to ship me some in ice boxes. That would be great. That's where my mind goes to, because I really love [their] authentic food.

That aside, if I could have anyone [and] really taste their food, I would say Gordon Ramsey because he's the hot shot, and the guy that is all over the place of cooking. I've never tasted his food. I want to know if it lives up to the hype.

Emmanuel Duverneau on his favorite foodies--and fast foods

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What other TikTok food creators do you admire?

I admire the @GoldenBalance [Ahmad Alzahabi]. I think he's a huge inspiration on the app, and I think that the food content that he makes, it's American, but also he dives really deep into his culture ... [I also admire] @Violet.Cooks [Violet Witchel]. I love her approach to gluten-free, dairy-free, and catering to specific niches of people who are having problems with those different food things. I think Golden Balance [and] Violet Cooks are really great, two people that I started looking at the moment I [started interacting with] food TikTok. I saw a few videos, and I was completely hooked. Recently, there's this guy called The Rapping Chef [@_mrpyrex]. He raps as he's cooking. Every single time, he's rapping something new as he's cooking, and [there is] a creativity there and authenticity of doing that time over time again and having great meals, definitely inspirational. Those three people keep me on my toes to constantly be innovating.

Do you have a favorite food TV show?

Anything with Gordon Ramsey. I really enjoy [him] because I feel like he's really put a test to the content creators or the food chefs. Under pressure, they perform really well. I like watching that, although it gives me a little bit of anxiety! I love watching it because it shows me how great people are at their craft, and how, even under real pressure, they could still come out with a great outcome and deliver. The other show I mentioned that I recently finished watching was [Baking Impossible] with the "bakineers," baking and engineering ... where they are literally using engineers and bakers to come up with these great ideas, and making sure that they pass the engineer test and also taste really great and past the bacon test. That's another show that I really enjoy watching.

Do you have a favorite fast food? Or do you not eat fast food?

I do eat fast food. I think anyone who says that they don't is lying. Does Chipotle count as fast food? You get it pretty fast. I absolutely love Chipotle fast food. I do like Popeye's. Their chicken sandwich, it's really good. Chipotle, I would say, it's one of my favorite fast foods. I could eat that anytime, any day.

Here's what we can expect from Emmanuel Duverneau in the future

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So you're young, and you're already so successful. What does the future hold for you?

As of now, I'm taking it day by day because this is also new for me. As far as the goals of the future, I'm huge into sustainability and renewable energy. That's what I do during the day. When I'm not cooking and dancing on TikTok, I'm helping homeowners with solar [power] and advocating for clean energy. I would like in the future, for me, to have some type of brand where I could do cooking and sustainability, or making food packaging, or certain things that are great for the environment, but also would help people out in the kitchen.

I also would love to, honestly, do something in the creative arts with people, having a show [similar to "Baking Impossible"]. I would love to have a show where we have talent, people who could cook a meal in the kitchen, [and] within 30 seconds or 40 seconds, they make this painting masterpiece and get right back to cooking. People could dance or get on a microphone and sing, and then get right back to chopping and making a delicious meal. I think that would be pretty entertaining, so who knows?

Final question: What is one kitchen item that no home chef should be without?

You need a really good knife. I think that knives are really important because almost anyone who's cooking will need a really good knife, and I've had problems in the past. You're chopping something, [like] a tomato, and your knife is really dull or it's not great, and all the juices spill out. I think every home chef should have a really great knife because it really does make the experience better and the cooking process faster.

Follow Emmanuel Duverneau's cooking and dancing adventures on TikTok.


how traditions were preserved in 2019 - World news today bath and folk dances. Despite the fact that many traditions, crafts and arts are becoming a thing of the past, there are people who revive and preserve the craftsmanship of their ancestors. And in 2019 there were many examples of this.

Romanian Transylvania keeps an old tradition of beadwork. The painstaking work of the Bodescu family is once again valuable. Today in Romania, the most popular wedding dress is the traditional one.

[Ana Bodescu, craftswoman]:
“This craft is many centuries old. Our family would be ashamed to let him disappear. May God help them to interest more people.”

And in Pavlovsky Posad near Moscow, the traditional production of scarves flourishes. The manufactory was founded in 1795 year. Pavlovo Posad shawls are traditionally made from 100% wool of merino sheep. Each drawing is a masterpiece.

[Evgenia Muravyova, artist]:

“I looked at the work of other artists. Old masters. I am inspired by their work. I watch how they painted flowers, leaves, ornaments.

Meanwhile, there was a revival of interest in traditional portraiture in New York. About 100 works participated in the competition. There are more than 400 faces in the winning painting. The artist spent five years on it, depicting a historic action in Beijing, in which she herself participated. 25 April 19In 1999, 10,000 Falun Gong adherents came out to call on the Chinese authorities to stop the persecution of their peaceful spiritual practice.

[Haiyan Khong, contest winner, Hong Kong]:
“I hope the brutal persecution ends soon. This is my deepest wish."

Slovenia is reviving the old Bohinj railway. It was built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the beginning of the 20th century. The locomotive carries tourists in stylized wagons. By the way, the train passes through the amazing stone bridge 1906 years.

In Cambodia, the traditional Lakhon Khol masked dance is being saved from extinction. There are only five performers left in the whole country who master this art form.

The tradition of hunting with birds of prey is kept in Kazakhstan. An annual competition is held here to select the best falconers.

And the Lebanese are trying to keep the tradition of bathing in the old Turkish baths - hammams.

This is the traditional tattoo art of the Taiwanese Paiwan tribe. He is trying to revive the local resident Kujui. The pattern is applied with a light tap on the needle.

And in Australia, indigenous baked goods are preserved. Australian acacia seeds are mixed into bread.

In France, the tradition of crowing had to be defended through the courts. In one of the villages, one summer resident tried to ban this. The noise bothered him. But the judge allowed the bird to continue to fulfill its direct duties - to wake up the owners.

And finally, a little New Year's mood. In one of the Mexican cities of the state of Michoacán, traditional Christmas decorations are blown out of glass. They are exported to 60 countries of the world.
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How to learn to dance shuffle - Lifehacker

December 15, 2019 Likbez Sports and fitness

Master the basic moves, then improvise and have fun.

Iya Zorina

Author of Lifehacker, athlete, Candidate Master of Sports

This dance style includes a lot of freedom and improvisation. That is why he is so good. You can master the basic movements in a couple of hours, and then complicate them to infinity and combine them with each other, create your own combinations and spy on others.

Dance in sneakers, socks or barefoot, in any outfit, anywhere.

Master the basic movements of the shuffle

In this style, you do all the basic movements with your feet, your arms most often move freely - according to your heart.

Running man

This is the most basic and essential shuffle movement. You can do it in three different ways.

Full foot

The movement begins by bending your knee and lifting one leg. Next, you need to simultaneously put both legs - supporting and raised - at a distance of one step from each other.

The raised leg is placed forward on a full foot, the standing one behind slips back on the ball of the foot and remains on it - the heel is not placed on the floor. The weight is evenly distributed between the two legs.

After that, it remains to return to the starting position. To do this, the front leg slides back, and at the same time, the back leg is pulled up. You find yourself in the starting position and repeat the cycle. The movement itself is soft and springy: do not stick into the floor, keep your legs relaxed.


This is a lighter and faster running man look that may be needed for some combinations. Here you put your foot not on the whole foot, but on the heel. At the same time, the one standing behind remains on the toe.

On pads

In this variation, the foot is placed forward on the pad. At the same time, the one standing behind also remains on the ball of the foot, and the body leans slightly back.


In this movement, one foot constantly makes a “herringbone” - turns the heel in and out - and the second touches the floor and immediately rises back.

When the heel of the skating leg turns inward, the toe of the other leg touches the floor; when outward, the other leg rises, turning the knee inward.

It turns out two positions: closed - when the legs are wrapped with the knees inward, and one leg is raised, and open - when the legs are turned out with the knees outward, and the toe touches the floor. Practice doing the T-step in both directions: slowly at first, then with acceleration.


You jump on one foot, and the other touches the floor in different places: on the side of the supporting leg, across, behind - anywhere you want. You can put your foot on the toe or on the heel - the latter is called a kick. The supporting leg can simply rise low or perform a T-step - move the heel out and in.


To begin, you turn your knees and toes inward and lift one leg. Then turn your toes and knees outward, and put your raised leg forward crosswise. Repeat the same with the other leg.

All movement occurs on the balls of the feet, the heels do not fall to the floor. You can move both forward and backward.


First you put your feet crosswise with your toes outward with a jump, then you also spread your legs apart with a jump.


One leg is straight, standing on the whole foot, the other is with a bent knee on the pad. Leaning on the pad, you slip the foot of a straight leg back, as if wiping the sole on the floor.

Immediately after the slip, you turn around. In the turn, the straight leg bends and goes to the pad, and the one that was on the pad, on the contrary, turns on the heel. After that, it remains only to change legs and move in the same way in the other direction.


From the starting position - standing with a raised leg, as in Running man - you turn your hips to the side with a jump and put your legs crossed.

The front foot is on the heel, the back foot is on the ball. Then you jump back to the starting position and do the same on the other side.


From the starting position, you turn your hips to the side with a jump and spread your legs a step apart from each other. The standing foot in front is placed on the heel, the standing one behind remains on the pillow. Then, with a jump, you collect your legs and do the same on the other side.

Try other variations of the basic shuffle movements

You can perform the basic movements in different directions: forward and backward, turning around. This will give you more freedom to improvise.

Variations Running man

Do several times in place and then turn around. You can also try walking this way to the side. Each time the leg will need to be placed slightly crossed in order to slowly move to the side.

Variations T‑step

You can lower your foot on the toe, on the whole foot, touch the floor to the side of the supporting leg or forward and behind it.

You can also keep the other leg on the floor at all - leave it on the toe and turn the knee in and out.

Variations Diamond

Here one more element is added to the movement – ​​the heel strike. In the starting position, you wrap the toes of the feet and knees inward, and then jump on the heels, turning the socks to the sides.

From this position, without jumping, you turn your toes and knees inward, cross your legs with a jump, turning your feet with your toes outward, and then return to the starting position.

Charleston Variations

After three turns of the Charleston, turn both toes in one direction and then in the other. At the end, you can turn the knee to the side.

Connect familiar shuffle moves

While you lack the skills to move freely and come up with something of your own, learn a few combinations. They contain interesting movements that will replenish your dance vocabulary.

Combination 1

This is a simple combination of two basic movements - Running man and T-step. First take five Running man steps, then four T-steps to the side and repeat the same in the opposite direction.

Combination 2

Another combination of two basic movements. Here you do three Running mans, then one T‑step with a back foot touch, and two front heel touch kicks. The same on the other side.

Combination 3

There are no standard steps here, but there are already familiar Sidekick and transition from heels to toes.

Learn more difficult combinations

We will add some videos with good combinations.

1. Cool video for beginners: movements are repeated in slow motion to make it easier to dance to the music.

2. And here the combination is analyzed step by step in slow motion, dividing it into three parts. Very comfortably. Look for more on this channel, there are several such analyzes.

3. No slowdown here, just a great combination. But you already know almost all the movements, so you can figure it out. If something is not clear, watch the video at a speed of 0.

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