At the end of last month, Tickcock Influencer Edison Rai “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” went on and shamelessly performed a suite of viral dance routines in a recent comedy detail. Critics reacted with cries of appropriation – the producers of the dance, many of them black, were not credited – and with Rai’s dismissal of her dancing ability.
What the producers of the skit failed to acknowledge is how dance credits have become an integral part of Ticketok, as they are on apps where dance was previously popular, such as Instagram and Dubsmash. Influencers, such as Rae and Charlie D’Amelio, may be the most famous dancers on TeakTok, but they are utensils for dances created by a range of others, new moves in their basement for teenagers looking for a flick of professional choreographer viral Work. .
On this week’s popcast, a conversation about ways of dancing is central to the spread of Tiktok, a connection between black choreographers and white influences and a pocket history of dance credits on social media.