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Running Man Dance

How to Do the Running Man
Running Man Dance Steps:
Stand with your feet together, arms relaxed by your sides.
Lift and bend your right leg, forming a 90 degree angle with your knee and the floor. Lift and bend your arms, elbows out to the sides with relaxed fists.
Lower your right leg, sliding your left leg backwards and lifting the left heel, while leaning slightly forward. Push your arms down with relaxed fists.
Repeat, bending and lifting your left leg.
Running Man Origin & History
The Running Man is a street and fad dance that originated in late 1986 early 1987 (many cite MC Hammer as the original creator) and was performed most notably by Janet Jackson in the video of her hit "Rhythm Nation" and subsequently on the Rhythm Nation World Tour and various live performances. It was historical first performed in a Fela Kuti concert called "Cross Examination" by one of his back-up dancers/ex-wife in Berlin in 1978. Additionally, it was performed by MC Hammer, Bobby Brown, Milli Vanilli, and Vanilla Ice during their live concert shows and music videos, but achieved renewed popularity in the 2000s. It is also used in some forms of the Melbourne Shuffle dance style. It consists of a hopping or sliding step done in such a way at speed to simulate a runner.
Dance Tips
Be sure to attach your raised foot to the side of the opposite leg.
Slide your left leg back at exactly the same moment that your right foot makes contact with the floor.
Keep both feet parallel throught the dance.
Keep your forearms close to your torso.
Quick, clean movements will give the illusion of running without moving forward.
Running Man Video Example
What is the Running Man?

The Running Man is a fad dance that was developed during the late 1980s. The Running Man dance was developed by MC Hammer and originally called “the Hammer.” The dance move was performed by MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice during live shows and on music videos. The Running Man is a hopping dance that, when performed correctly, resembles a runner in action.

  • Creator
    MC Hammer
  • Dance Users
    Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown, Milli Vanilli, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer
  • Year Created
  • How-To Steps
    4 Steps
  • Tips
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