Just when you thought you were getting the hang of the dab, a brand new on-trend dance move comes along. It’s called the floss dance, and if you want to be down with the kids you better learn how to do it. Unfortunately, it requires a lot more coordination than the Cha Cha Slide or the Hokey Cokey. Or any moves from Flashdance. But hey, if a stern-faced child known as ‘the backpack kid’ can do it and seem cool, surely you can as well? Here’s the low-down on the floss…
How to do the floss Put on some music Put on a rucksack (optional) Stand with your knees ever so slightly bent Put your hands in fists Place your arms, relaxed, at either side of your body Begin to swing your arms left and right around your torso in the opposite direction to your hips Keep doing it Increase speed and bend knees occasionally for effect After building confidence, you can also bring in other moves with your arms if desired, but this is not mandatory.
The floss dance originates from an Instagram-famous American schoolboy, 16-year-old Russell Horning, known as the backpack kid. Back in the summer of 2016, Russell’s dance videos began to include the floss, so it’s taken a while to build this level of buzz.
Fans of the backpack kid started to copy his moves and the floss became his signature dance. Then in May 2017, Russell – who now has nearly 2 million Instagram followers – was invited on to Saturday Night Live to perform his dance alongside Katy Perry when she sang her tune Swish Swish.
Celebs who have now attempted the dance include Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, Tottenham ace Dele Alli and GMB’s Kate Garraway and Charlotte Hawkins. Why is everybody doing it? Well, sometimes the internet commands, and we mere mortals can do nought but obey.