Anime has commonly featured their characters dancing which in return has had fans band together to learn and perform them in the streets. Not only are these dances cute and easy to learn, but they’ve become a popular trend; sort of like the moon walk. While Michael Jackson couldn’t save his life to be cute, other characters have beaten him to the punch.
There are lists beyond lists of popular dances in anime, but the most famous of them all are the Hare Hare Yukai and Lucky Star Cheer Dance. Both are common dances that have been done many times over by fans around the globe in addition to each other (Haruhi Suzumiya characters have done the Cheer Dance and vise versa). Although they aren’t America’s Best Dance Crew material, they’re definitely something of wonder.
In addition to the two above, there is also the Caramelldansen. While it doesn’t specifically belong to any anime, it first became a hit by the internet community 4chan. Someone thought it would be cool to have a animation showing Popotan characters doing a weird bunny dance. It instantly became a hit and now there’s all sorts of people doing the caramelldansen like Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.
I can say for certain I wouldn’t do these dances at a non-anime party but I would be more than happy to bust a move at NYAF (please don’t ask me to do it). Most people just learn the dances from Youtube videos and if by chance you do learn this by the time NYAF rolls around, I would love to see it.
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