The Woah

The Woah

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Updated Jun 07, 2021 at 12:25AM EDT by Autumn Able.

Added Mar 27, 2019 at 12:51PM EDT by Sophie.

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About

The Woah is a dance deriving from Texas in which the dancer typically leans into a freeze on the beat by making a swift move with their fists.

Origin

On September 26th, 2017, a video of DJ Dangerous, who claimed to have invented "The Woah," demonstrating the dance was uploaded to YouTube (shown below, left). The video has gained 144,000 views in two years. According to Fader[2] students at Prarie View A&M claimed that the dance originated at their school. On October 13th, 2017, the student's "Hit My Woah Dance Video" was uploaded to YouTube. The video accumulated 490,200 views in two years (shown below, right).



Spread

On August 9th, 2018, 10k.Caash posted a video of himself and lil Uzi Vert performing the Woah on Instagram.[1] The video accumulated 29,749 likes in seven months (shown below).



On October 6th, 2018, EasyMoneyJay posted a video of Drake performing the woah and commented that his rendition is "horrific" (shown below).




On October 6th, 2018, Travis Scott dance the woah in a skit on Saturday Night Live (shown below). The video posted to YouTube gained 1.3 million views in five months.



TikTok #HitTheWoah Challenge

In early March 2019, Tik Tok users began incorporating the woah into videos. TikTok user TylerGolding uploaded the original sound used in 90,100 videos as of March 6th, 2019 (shown below, left). On March 24th, 2019, @zoelaverne uploaded a video using the sound clip and gained 340,000 likes in several days (shown below, right).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6665505700510174469
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6672134417852402950

A clip of the song Skateboard p by Elijah Who (shown below) was uploaded to TikTok by @M1lk and used in 55,500 videos featuring the woah.



On March 18th, 2019, @oceangela uploaded a video using the sound clip and gained 456,700 likes in a week (shown below, left). On March 20th, @iamjordiofficial uploaded another video featuring the sound clip and accumulated 300,400 likes in a week (shown below, right).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6669835885288099077
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6670358263000730885

Various Examples


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6664237413440687366
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6666179147691216133
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6672429832946584838
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6667952701030010117
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6668752527984430341
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6670569418721856774

Search Interest

External References

[1] Instagram- 10k.Caash

[2] The Fader – Who Created the Woah

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