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Never heard of floss? Are you living under the rock? The Typical Student team is here to tell you all about the latest on-trend dance that broke the Internet! And it’s not your regular Flashdance, it requires a bit more coordination than you think! If you aren’t that much of a dancer, you still have a chance - if ‘The Backpack Kid’ could do it, so can you!
What the Heck is Floss Dance?
So, who started this crazy dancing trend on social media? Turns out, it was The Backpack Kid, aka Russell Horning, 16, who can boast a little over 1.7 million followers!
The moves have circulated the social media for about two years, unnoticed. The video showing The Backpack Kid’s dance moves was first posted on August 18, 2016, and amassed tens of thousands of views pretty fast.
Why Did the Floss Go Viral?
As with any viral video, the reasons for it becoming so popular is something out of the ordinary. In the case with floss dance, it’s mostly because Russell’s free-flowing moves and stone faced expression.
The video started a challenge, and several YouTubers followed with similar videos.
When Did the Floss Become a Blast?
On May 20, 2017, The Backpack Kid was invited to the Saturday Night Live, and performed his legendary Floss Dance live to Katy Perry's song “Swish Swish.”
To do the things right, Russell even wore his signature backpack on the SNL stage. After that, celebrities got involved: from American Football players to Millie Bobbie Brown, the star of “Stranger Things,” nearly everyone posted a video of themselves doing the moves!
How to Do the Floss the Right Way?
Teachers Are Flossing Too!
It’s no secret that educators work pretty hard, so they go big when they’re off duty! These Wragby Primary School teachers from Lincolnshire, UK, do know how to have fun! Their own educators’ rendition of Carpool Karaoke went viral and everybody loves it!
Not only did teachers included the most famous pop culture references to their Carpool Karaoke parody. One of the teachers even yodelled in a supermarket while others sang and danced to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)"! Currently, the video of teacher escapades is unavailable, but we’ll continue to follow the story.
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