How to do the floss dance move

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 Do The Floss & Other Viral Dance Moves

By Jayme Kennedy

Viral dances are all the rage now, but they can be hard to learn! Stay hip to what's cool with these viral dance tutorial videos.

Credit: iStock

The internet is great for so many different reasons. It allows us to stay in touch with people and form new connections. It gives us access to pretty anything we could possibly need or want, at the click of a button. It entertains us and keeps us informed. And lately, the internet has been turning an entire generation of kids into dancers. See, stuff goes viral on the internet all the time, and for all kinds of reasons. A funny meme or post, an interesting video, or someone saying or doing something really dumb - this kind of stuff all as the potential to go viral! But there's a whole new category of viral content that's really taken off in the last few years: viral dances or viral dance moves.

Thanks to apps like Instagram and TikTok and the ability to share video instantaneously, people busting a move can go viral within a day, and then suddenly everyone is trying to learn the newest viral dance craze so they can be part of the In Crowd. But you know what? Learning dances, especially if you're not a dancer, is not easy! This is why we're thankful for YouTube and the amazingly talented people who film and post tutorials for some of these videos.

If your kids (or you, let's be honest) are itching to learn some of the biggest viral dances of the last few years, these videos will help!

6/6 The Whip/Nae Nae

A classic! The whip/nae nae dance went viral on the heels of the song 'Watch Me' by Silentó, which was released in 2015. The accompanying music video gave us our first glimpse at the whip/nae nae, and pretty soon everyone was doing it. It's not a super complicated dance, but who better to learn it from than the man who created the song!

5/6 The Shoot

This is one of those dances that went viral for pretty interesting reasons. The dance craze originated from a song by BlocBoy JB called 'Shoot', which was released in 2017. But it didn't gain traction until the dance was featured on the super popular video game Fortnite. In the game, it's an emote called the Hype Dance. The dance itself requires a bit of coordination, but this tutorial breaks it down pretty easily.

4/6 The Floss, also known as The Backpack Kid Dance

In 2018, 15-year old Russell Horning shot to fame when he performed his signature dance move on an episode of Saturday Night Live. Horning was featured during a performance of Katy Perry's 'Swish Swish", and did the hip-centric dance wearing a backpack. And the rest, as they say, is history! Since that performance, The Floss (named such because the movements look like you're flossing) has gone mega-viral, even being featured as an emote on Fortnite.

3/6 The Git Up Dance

In 2019, country rap was kind of a thing, and 'The Git Up' by Blanco Brown was super popular. The dance came straight from Brown himself, too! To promote his song, he filmed himself doing a line dance. The video of the dance first got the meme treatment, then went viral as a dance craze. It even appeared in the video for the song. We'll admit, it's a really fun dance, and we love line dancing!

2/6 The Toosie Slide

We'll be honest, we weren't expecting a song and dance from Drake to end up on this list of viral dances, but here we are! In the spring of 2020, Drake released the lead single off his new album, a song called 'Toosie Slide'. The song is actually named after a social media influencer named Toosie, who originally helped the song go viral. In the video, Drake can be seen doing the Toosie Slide while quaratining in Toronto. TkTok quickly latched on, and pretty soon, the Toosie Slide was the newest viral dance challenge.

1/6 The Savage Dance

Chances are, you have at least seen a video of someone doing the Savage. If you have TikTok, there's absolutely no way you could have avoided it this long. This viral dance is EVERYWHERE on TikTok. It started as a dance challenge created by a 19-year TikToker from Ohio named Keara 'Keke' Wilson. She choreographed an original dance to a song by Megan Thee Stallion called 'Savage'. She shared the video on her account and encouraged her followers to participate in the Savage Challenge. And then it just sort of exploded. Pretty soon, everyone was doing the Savage - literally EVERYONE. Megan herself, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, and millions upon millions of TikTok users. If your kids learn one viral dance, let it be this one. The Savage has staying power, and it'll be around for a very long time.

READ NEXT: Teen’s TikTok Went Viral After Mom Shows Off Her Unique Dance Moves

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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    How to learn to dance shuffle - Lifehacker

    December 15, 2019LikbezSports and Fitness

    Master the basic movements, and then improvise and get high.

    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, the hands most often move freely - according to the 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, stands 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 crosswise.

    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 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 leave 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. There is 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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