The Dab | Where Did It Come From?

The Dab | Where Did It Come From?

Take a look at the backstory behind the "Dab" dance craze, its origins in Atlanta, and some of the expert celebrity dabbers.

Jun 1, 2017 by Jennell Lewis
The Dab | Where Did It Come From?
Atlanta is known for producing some of the world's most infamous and pandemic dance crazes, from the Bankhead Bounce in the the '90s to the "Lean With It Rock With It" and the "Crank That" made popular in the early 2000s. So it's no surprise that the "Dab" dance craze got its start in the ATL. 

The rap group Migos, which is from nearby Lawrenceville, GA, is noted to have popularized the move, but the case of who actually did it first is up for debate.

If you are one of the souls who has somehow been able to avoid the global onslaught of dabbing and are clueless as to what I am talking about, allow me to break it down for you. Basically, the move is meant to look like you are sneezing into your elbow. You place your nose into the nook of your elbow while lifting the opposite arm out straight on the diagonal. The kids in the photo below have got it down.

If you need more evidence as to the extent of this dance craze, let me provide some. I recently went on a trip to Sweden and was invited to give a talk to a group of adolescent Swedish youth who wanted to practice their English and learn about American culture. Needless to say, this is what it turned into.

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The dance itself has been around since 2015 but exploded in popularity after Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newtown "dabbed" on the field in celebration of a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans. From that moment forward, the dab was solidified in the dance move hall of fame. No one is safe from the dab, not even politicians such as Hillary Clinton or French President Emmanuel Macron. Check out some expert dabbers below -- you might be surprised at who tops the list.

2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

The infamous Betty White

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Even with a neck brace, grandma's got it.

Oh, snap! Eddie Murphy had it before anyone.