If you’re paying attention to the choreography, you’ll notice some iconic moves taken from previous BTS performances (most noticeably, from Blood, Sweat, and Tears). The obvious metaphor here is that the dance moves represent bits of DNA, recombined into a single new organism.
But if you take what BTS said, about DNA being about their bond as a group and how they were meant to be together, and then you look at how the seven of them became linked into a single double helix structure, it’s clear that the dance moves are meant to represent the building blocks of their past successes and creations, recombined to become who they are now - a group that is BUILT upon the blood, sweat, and tears of their past, so tight-knit and cohesive and integral to each other’s existence, they’re practically one.
This is the Bop. The Bop is a type of social dance. Dance is a language, and social dance is an expression that emerges from a community. A social dance isn’t choreographed by any one person. It can’t be traced to any one moment. Each dance has steps that everyone can agree on, but it’s about the individual and their creative identity Because of that, social dances bubble up, they change, and they spread like wildfire. They are as old as our remembered history.
In African-American social dances, we see over 200 years of how African and African-American traditions influenced our history. The present always contains the past. And the past shapes who we are and who we will be.
Now, social dance is about community and connection; if you knew the steps, it meant you belonged to a group. But what if it becomes a worldwide craze? Enter the Twist.
It’s no surprise that the Twist can be traced back to the 19th century, brought to America from the Congo during slavery. But in the late ‘50s, right before the Civil Rights Movement, the Twist is popularized by Chubby Checker and Dick Clark. Suddenly, everybody’s doing the Twist: white teenagers, kids in Latin America, making its way into songs and movies. Through social dance, the boundaries between groups become blurred.
The story continues in the 1980s and '90s. Along with the emergence of hip-hop, African-American social dance took on even more visibility, borrowing from its long past, shaping culture and being shaped by it. Today, these dances continue to evolve, grow and spread.
Why do we dance? To move, to let loose, to express.
Why do we dance together? To heal, to remember, to say: “We speak a common language. We exist and we are free.”
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I came up with an idea for a stylized fantasy dancing rhythm rpg. A bit crazy but whatever, I’m into it. This squid maiden would help you on your journey through the game, teaching you special ritual dances and probably have a story arc about needing to discover an ancient ritual dance to save her beach shrine. She’s pretty rad though.
There’s a great mammal in the ocean known as the 52-hertz whale. All year, he practices his love song for the female. Travels thousands of miles to find her. But when he finally gets the chance to serenade her, she doesn’t give him a call back. Why? His love ballad is sung at 52 hertz, a sonic signature one note higher than the lowest sound of a tuba. The average female hears at 10 to 15 hertz. So she never hears his song.
“If my family finds out that I brought you from the past, they’ll bury me alive and dance on my grave! I’M NOT EXAGGERATING! Well, yes I am, but that’s not the point! The point is, your hair’s a dead giveaway.”