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How To Animate the “Floss” Dance Easy Step by Step Tutorial
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It's Animation Time again! Learn how to animate the “Floss” dance animation in this easy step by step tutorial.
Animating this viral dance is absolute fun! What more is you'll learn and apply the principles of animations that we taught in our previous blogs.
Have fun animating!
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What is “Floss” Dance?Russell Horning, popularly known as the backpack kid, doing the “Floss” dance
The Floss is one of the latest dance crazes among kids!
The act of ‘flossing' is a unique dance move that involves fast arm and hip swings like a huge, invisible piece of dental floss. It's sure to be a load of fun!
It gained popularity on a lot of social media when Russell Horning, known as “the backpack kid”, performed it alongside Katy Perry in one of her guest appearances in Saturday Night Live in 2017.
Since then, it is a popular dance move among kids, younger teens and has been performed by many celebrities in videos online!
How to do the “Floss” dance?
Floss dance is relatively easy and really fun to do and watch! So turn the music on, and let's dance to the beat!
To floss, you need to swing your hips in the opposite way to your arms and then back again, and then repeat on the other side.
Step 1. Relax and stand straight with feet slightly apart.
Step 2. Swing your straight arms to the left while swinging your hips to the right.
Step 3. Keep your arms straight, then swing them back towards the center, then to the right, with one arm finishing in front, the other behind, while swinging your hips to the left at the same time.
Step 4. Repeat step 3 by moving your arms to the left and hips to the right in one movement.
Step 5. Repeat all the above steps with increasing speed!
Now that you know how to flash those moves let's learn how to animate them!
Let’s Animate the “Floss” Dance
Let’s have fun and make our floss dance animation!
Watch also our quick video tutorial and see how to create animation in a flipbook and in FlipaClip!
- 12 pieces of small rectangular papers
- 1 pencil/pen
How To Animate the “Floss” Dance (Overview)
Step by Step Instructions
I. Making our flipbook
If you do not have a pad of paper for our animation, we can make our very own flipbook!
Step 1. Fold and cut a paper (letter size) in four equal parts.
Step 2. Divide 2 more papers into 4 parts each, then number all the cut papers at the upper right corner from 1-12.
II. Drawing the frames
Step 1. On all 12 frames, draw a reference line at the bottom of each.
This will be the “ground” from where we will animate our character to do the “floss” dance.
Step 2. Draw Frames 1 and 2.
For Frame 1, let's start by drawing our character in a standing position.
We're going to use basic shapes for you to see and understand the movement better. Draw a circle for the head, a rectangle for the body, lines for the arms and legs, and circles for the hands and feet.
Let's draw our character's movements based on our point of view.
For Frame 2, our character moves its arms to the left. Draw the arms shifted to the left in front of the body. Keep in mind that the feet stay in place while the legs follow the direction of the hips.
Step 3. Draw Frames 3 and 4.
For Frame 3, our character swings its hips to the left and its arms to the back. Draw the hips and legs bent towards the left. Draw the arms pointed to the right. Since the left arm is at the back, draw only a part of it on the side of the body.
For Frame 4, our character starts to swing back its arms to the front. Draw the arms slightly shifted to the left. Inversely, draw the body with the hips turned somewhat to the right.
Step 4. Draw Frames 5 and 6.
For Frame 5, our character fully swings its arms to the left. The drawing is similar to that in Frame 4, but the arms are more pointed directly towards the left, while the hips are right.
For Frame 6, our character goes back to its resting position. Draw the arms along the middle while the hips are slightly shifted to the left.
Step 5. Draw Frames 7 and 8.
For Frame 7, our character swings its body to the left and its arms to the right. The drawing is similar to Frame 3, except the left arm is in front of the body.
For Frame 8, our character starts to swing its hips to the right and its arms to the back. Draw the left arm and the body along the middle. Draw a dot beside the shoulder to indicate that the right arm is at the back of the body.
Step 6. Draw Frames 9 and 10.
For Frame 9, our character fully swings its hips to the right and arms to the left. Draw the hips and the legs like they are bent to the right. Draw the left, and right arms pointed to the left. Since the right arm is at the back, draw only a part of it on the side of the body.
For Frame 10, our character is going back to the resting position. The drawing is similar to Frame 8.
Step 7. Draw Frames 11 and 12.
For Frame 11, our character swings its arms again to the left. The drawing is similar to Frame 7.
For Frame 12, our character goes back entirely to its resting position. The drawing is similar to Frame 1.
Step 8. Flip it!
Arrange the cards with 1 at the bottom and 12 on top, then flip. You'll see your character do the floss dance!
Wow! Your character sure is having fun! Great job!
Tips for art-mazing success:
- If you want to do it digitally, try FlipaClip. It is an amazing app where you can do your animation just like a flipbook.
- Use bigger shapes to add depth to your character! Instead of lines for the arms and legs, you can use ovals or rectangles to make it more realistic.
- You can also add details and colors to your character to increase its appeal!
Here are other floss dancing animations made by our young artists at the Creativity School.
“Floss” Dancing Animations from Creativity School by John G. (top-left), Angela G. (top-right), Aidan S (bottom-left), and Anushka S. (bottom-right)
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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. co.uk, 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 stage a wedding dance yourself
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- Pargolovo For those who want to take the risk and try to stage their first dance on their own, I want to give some useful tips. I hope that they will help you competently plan and stage a harmonious wedding dance!
This article will be useful both for those who already know how to dance a little, and for those who are very enthusiastic and want to try their hand and come up with the dance of their dreams on their own. nine0018 Your first wedding dance is in your hands!
So, what should be assessed and considered before proceeding with the production?
Size of the dance floor and height of the ceilings
If your dance floor is small, then when staging the dance, you should avoid moving around the ballroom, choosing more compact dance figures for your composition.
At the same time, if your venue is large, it is advisable to include several figures in your dance, in which you will actively move around the hall, thus filling the space visually. nine0017 Let's take a simple example: a wedding dance set to the tempo of a fast (Viennese) waltz. For the case if you have a small dance floor, you should stop at the “figured waltz” option, performing the figures without advancing, and performing the waltz itself “in a square”.
If you have a large area, I suggest including a big circle waltz.
Ceiling height is important for high supports, the simplest of which is lifting the bride in her arms. Before performing such support, you need to make sure that the height of the ceilings allows it. For example, in some restaurants and on steamboats, it is problematic to perform high lifts. nine0018
All your movements, and especially postures, should be laid out in directions and oriented to the "spectator's" side. To begin with, determine the configuration of your dance hall, the place where you will go to dance, the place where the main part of the audience will be concentrated, where the photographer and videographer will stand.
All your poses must be performed facing the audience. To do this, you need to decompose your dance into directions, so that for the performance of certain figures you find yourself facing your audience. nine0017 If you have 2 or more spectator sides, then you need to decompose your dance so that you alternately dance to one or the other spectator side. Preference should be given to the side where the photographer and videographer will stand.
You can dance to any music you like. It should be borne in mind that it consists of musical phrases, which in turn are divided into measures. The main rules that I recommend to follow in order to achieve the musicality of your performance:
a) As soon as a new musical phrase starts, you must change the movement type. The simplest example: while the singer is singing one phrase, you make one movement, when he starts singing another phrase, you start making another movement. Most often in musical compositions there are verses, choruses and losses. They usually consist of several musical phrases.
b) Play with musical accents and puffs. Accents (beats in music) are perfectly played with rapid hand movements, a sudden stop in movement, or a sharp change in direction. Puffs are best suited for “smeared” smooth poses. nine0018
c) Within each musical phrase there are several measures (most often the time signature for modern compositions is 4/4, for a waltz 3/4). Try to hear them, isolate and decompose your movements into strokes, achieving clarity of execution.
Before decomposing your movements into music, I recommend doing a musical dictation: decomposing your music into phrases, measures, highlighting accents and puffs. And then to impose on them movements.
Suggested duration of the dance: about 3 minutes including entering the platform and bowing. If your musical composition is longer, then it is worth trimming it using software tools. A longer dance rarely looks good: the audience gets tired and the effect of the first impression is lost.
If you fundamentally do not want to shorten your melody, then I recommend inserting some pantomime scenes into it for contrast (scenes of a meeting, farewell, quarrel, reconciliation). This will advantageously set off the dance part and help make your performance more intense and interesting for the audience. nine0018
Physiology of the bride and groom
The appearance of the couple is very important for creating a harmonious dance.
Couples in which both the bride and groom have an ideal athletic physique and an ideal difference in height (10-15 cm) are few. All dance figures will suit these lucky ones.
But if your pair has features, then they must be taken into account and beaten, using 100%!
For example, for couples in which the groom is much taller than the bride (the difference in height is 20 cm or more), elements in which the groom goes down (visually becomes lower) and the bride remains standing will look very good. Also, for such a couple, support with rotation on the hands will look great, in which the bride is taken in her arms facing the groom (see photo above). nine0018
If there is a small difference in height between partners in a couple or the bride is taller than the groom, then supports are perfect for you, in which the bride deviates, and the groom remains standing straight. Elements in which the girl sits down on bent knees facing the groom will also look good. Rotation on the hands for such a pair is best done in a position when the girl is picked up sideways.
In couples where the bride has a more dense physique than the groom, we recommend avoiding elements with the bride lifting on her hands, the main emphasis in this case is better to place on the partner's plastic movements and masculine lines in the partner's positions. nine0018
If you are staging your own wedding dance, you will most likely be using video footage. It would be a big mistake to simply copy the movements from someone else's dance.
When watching the video, be sure to select those movements that you understand how beautiful and correct to perform and avoid complex and incomprehensible elements.
You should also be aware that what looks easy and beautiful in a professional performance, for beginners, it may not look advantageous at all. nine0017 Think about whether the movements you like are right for your couple, whether you perform them well. Take a video of yourself and compare the resulting picture with the original. Leave only those movements that you are good at.
Advice for girls
Girls, think about the features of your wedding dress when staging a dance. If the dress is tight, then you should wear a tight skirt at the rehearsal in order to immediately avoid movements that you basically cannot do in this dress. nine0017 If you have a crinoline dress, then wear a crinoline at rehearsal so that you and your fiancé get used to its size. Remember that the crinoline creates some distance between you in the dance, as well as inertia in the rotations.
If you have a train - then you need to either stab it or support it with your hand. Accordingly, during rehearsals, always keep something in the hand that will be occupied by the train. Often the choice of movements for a wedding dance is largely dictated by the bride's wedding dress!
When working on the wedding dance on your own, you need to start staging about 2 months before the wedding. Chances are you won't have much time right before the wedding, and a good staging is time-consuming (especially if you don't have any dance experience), so it's best to start working on the dance early. With the rehearsal mode 1-2 times a week for one hour, you will have time to put on and learn the dance, film yourself on video and work on your mistakes.
It is a good idea to start doing any pair dance (in a regular dance group), this will allow you to master the principles of pair movement and teach you simple movements that you can use in your production. nine0018
Staging a wedding dance by yourself is an interesting, creative, but not an easy task. I recommend that after the end of the production, if possible, come to professional teachers for at least one lesson and show them your dance. I wish all the newlyweds happiness, love, joy and good luck in staging the wedding dance!
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How to learn to dance twerk - Lifehacker
November 21, 2020 Likbez Sports and fitness
Butt size doesn't matter!
Author of Lifehacker, athlete, CCM
Twerk is just a super sexy dance that will pump your plasticity, and at the same time load your abs and back muscles well. To begin with, we will learn a few basic movements, and then we will diversify the dance vocabulary and analyze the main mistakes. And at the end you will find a bonus in the form of a playlist with suitable music. nine0018
If you have problems with your lumbar spine, exercise with caution, or better yet, consult your doctor.
Learn how to do the basics
Booty pop back
Stand with your feet wider than shoulder width, toes slightly apart. Bend your knees and place your hands on your hips, turning them inward with your fingers, bend your lower back.
From this position, twist the pelvis down, and then, due to the deflection in the lower back, return it to its original position. Imagine that you are trying to reach the top of your head with your pelvis. nine0018
It is important to fix the upper back and work only on the lower back. You can not strain the gluteal muscles, otherwise the movement will turn out to be clamped.
If difficulties arise, try the lead-in exercise first. Place your hands on your hips so that your middle fingers rest on the protruding bones of the pelvis in front, and your thumbs - behind, closer to the sacrum. Bend your knees, move your pelvis down and then up, controlling the movement with your hands.
When you feel more confident, remove your hands and connect the movement with your knees. When the pelvis goes down, the knees bend, when it rises, they unbend. No need to lock the knees at the extreme point, they should remain slightly bent. nine0018
The pelvis moves back not only due to the straightening of the knees. The lower back must work.
Front booty pop
This movement is very similar to the previous one, only the emphasis is on pushing the pelvis forward rather than backward.
Stand with your feet wide and point your toes slightly out. You can put your hands on your hips to better feel the tilt. At the same time, bend your knees and sharply move your pelvis forward so that your butt goes down, and then bend your lower back and bring your pelvis back. nine0018
The emphasis is on the first phase of the movement, when the butt goes down. It is important at this moment not to pinch the buttocks, but to change the position of the pelvis due to the tension of the abdominal muscles.
Try other twerk moves
This element repeats the usual booty pop, only the movement of the pelvis in it is double: down-down, up-up.
Stand with your feet wider than shoulder width. At the same time, turn one leg with your toe and knee out and transfer your weight to the opposite thigh. Then, with a small jump, switch sides. nine0018
Try to move slowly at first to get the point, then speed up. Jump relaxed.
Up down twerk
Arch your lower back and push your pelvis back. On the count of “one”, simultaneously round the lower back, bringing the pelvis forward, bend the knees and bring the shoulders forward. On the count of "two", bend your lower back and take your ass back in a semi-squat.
On the count of three, straighten your knees, round your lower back, and roll your shoulders forward. On the count of four, arch your back in the thoracic region, straightening your shoulders. nine0017
It turns out that at the lower point you bend in the lower back, and at the top - in the chest.
To feel the movement, start moving slowly. Place your feet shoulder-width apart, place your palms opposite the pelvis. In turn, touch the palms with one or the other bone of the pelvis. Accelerate gradually.
You can wobble while standing upright or bent over. Practice slowly bending over and back up as you move. Important: you should not pinch, otherwise stiffness will occur and no shaking will work. nine0018
Get into a twerk stance, lower your right thigh first and then your left thigh. Then, one by one, lift them up to their original position. At first, perform the elements slowly, with fixation at each point, and then gradually accelerate.
You can do this movement a little higher. In this case, start with a stance on straight legs in an incline. In the same way, lower the right and left hips in turn, bending the knees, and then raise the hips, straightening the legs. nine0018
Rise up on your toes and turn your heels in and out a little. Arch your lower back, try to relax your hips as much as possible.
This element can be performed in a straight position or bent over, move both legs at once, or one at a time.
Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width, point your toes forward, tilt your body and rest your hands on your hips. Rotate your pelvis, lowering and raising it as you go. nine0018
You can do this either in a bent over position on your hips or standing up.
Start in a twerk position with your toes pointing forward. Do one regular booty pop in place, then another with the toes and knees turned out to the sides, and then the next one with them returning to a straight position.
Continue turning your toes and knees out and back, tilting your pelvis as you move.
Place your feet shoulder-width apart, rise on your toes. Pull your pelvis back a little. Move quickly from foot to foot, trying to relax your buttocks. nine0018
Raise your right leg to the side, turn it with your toe and knee inward. From this position, simultaneously transfer the weight to the left thigh and turn the raised leg with the toe outward. Return your foot to the floor and repeat on the other side.
Try moving in other positions
Twerk can be danced not only while standing, but also while squatting, on all fours, and even upside down on your hands, with your feet resting against the wall. Try different positions - this will help diversify your dance. nine0018
This is the same booty pop, only squatting. If you don't have enough stretch to move freely in a deep squat, work on your hip mobility first.
Offset to one side
Good stretch is also required for this option. Otherwise, you will not be able to relax and move freely.
On all fours
First practice the standing element to get used to it. Raise one leg on the toe, turning it with the knee outward and at the same time leaning on the opposite thigh. Then smoothly switch sides. nine0017
Now place your palms on the floor, arch your lower back, bend your knees and lift your heels off the floor. Perform a familiar movement in a new position.
This is enough to get you started. Try, combine the movements with each other and, if something fails, correct the mistakes.
Understand why you can't do it
There are three main reasons why you don't twerk with bullshit. And the size of the priests has nothing to do with it.
1. You lack flexibility
To be a good twerk dancer, you must have good mobility in your lumbar spine and hips. If flexibility is lacking, you can improve it by doing stretching exercises.
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2.You work your upper back and shoulders
All basic movements require arching in the lower back. It is due to the lower spine that you feed the pelvis back and forth. But if during booty pop you bend in the thoracic spine and connect your shoulders, the movement will not look like a twerk.
3. You're too tight
This is probably the biggest beginner's mistake, which results in a tight, wooden pelvic movement instead of sexual shaking.
Don't push yourself too hard, relax your buttocks and hips, shake off tension from your arms and shoulders. All elements should be carried out easily and without clamps. The best way to relax and feel the movement is to turn on the music.
Pick up the music
We found a cool audio compilation that makes you want to dance to and not stop. The description on YouTube has the names of all the tracks.
And another big selection, this time from Yandex.