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Dance organization warns TikTok users about the danger of copying dance steps from viral dance challenges



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Major dance organizations have warned aspiring dancers that they risk injury by copying advanced moves and participating in viral challenges on TikTok.

Professionals warn dancers of the dangers of TikTok challenges

In an interview with The Stage, the Royal Academy of Dance said young people should be more careful when trying to recreate moves performed by professional dancers while participating in challenges on TikTok.

Royal Academy of Dance artistic director Gerard Charles said that while TikTok can be a great source of inspiration for amateur dancers, it still needs to be supervised by trained teachers to avoid injury.

Charles added that watching dance videos on TikTok can be a great source of inspiration for young people. However, copying dance steps, especially complicated ones, without the supervision of experienced and qualified teachers can lead to serious injury.

Dance training for TikTok users

Louise Molton, director of education at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, encourages young dancers to consider proper dance training before attempting any of the tough dance challenges on TikTok.

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Molton added that repetitive routines without focused feedback do not support technical and artistic development and can lead to serious injury and poor practice.

Learning complicated dances without a teacher who can correct them at the start of any physical activity could be dangerous and lead to permanent injury, Molton continued.

Injuries caused by TikTok dances

The Guardian reported that American actor Kyra Sedgwick was pictured with an ice pack on his wrist after trying the ‘Footloose Drop’, a current TikTok dance challenge.

Sedgwick’s husband, Kevin Bacon, an actor who starred in the original film, shared the photo of the 56-year-old actress on Instagram.

In 2020, a series of TikTok users were reportedly hurt after attempting a complicated series of moves to Cardi B’s “Wap” during the early months of the COVID-19 lockdown.

According to the New York Post, at least one aspiring dancer has been taken to hospital after copying the viral dance, which includes twerking, multiple lunges and a jump kick.

The “Wap” dance challenge, which Brian Esperon choreographed, garnered 13 million views on the social media platform. The dance challenge consists of a complicated series of steps.

A TikTok user who recreated Esperon’s dance said he couldn’t wear the skit for a week because his legs were covered in bruises. The user also reported experiencing a neck pinch.

Another TikTok user was hospitalized after she blew her knee trying to do a high kick.

Despite these injuries, TikTok was still praised for its inclusiveness and for encouraging young people to discover new interests.

Online tutorial for dance moves

Danielle Drayton, creative director of Blue Fish Entertainment, said breaking down moves into tutorials can be more engaging for social media users than a formal dance lesson.

Drayton said that with inspirational companies like Rockettes or the cast of Dance Moms breaking down a dance move into 15 seconds to 30 seconds, sometimes dancing can feel less tedious online than in a classroom.

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