TikTok is divided over the deceptively complicated ‘Alors on Danse’ trend

A chill dance is taking over TikTok. Now people all over the world are doing it. 

When 19-year-old Usim E. Mang posted a video of his friends effortlessly dancing to Stromae’s “Alors on Danse,” he didn’t expect it to be this huge. The TikTok has amassed more than 120 million views and inspired 3.6 million videos. While Mang, who has 3 million followers, has had clips rack up millions of views before, none have been quite this successful. Celebs like Chloe Bailey and Jesse McCartney have even joined in on the fun. 

The “Alors on Danse” TikTok trend

The video features a group of friends standing around. Belgian singer and rapper Stromae’s “Alors on Danse” begins to play and they immediately get into the groove. As they dance in unison they lean back, shrug their shoulders and cross their arms. 

People seem to be baffled by the simple clip’s success. According to Buzzfeed, trying to explain the choreography would only “minimize the dance’s coolness.” 

People all over the world are doing the dance

TikTokers @the.yolohouse received 7.7 million likes for their rendition of the dance challenge. 

“I have nothing to say,” influencer Bella Poarch captioned the video as she swayed with the group in front of a green screen. 

@jazzthornton_

My favourite part is the movie poster is my giant face and she would have had to see it everyday she went to work. #fypシ #movie

♬ Stromae Alors on Danse – ᴍᴇɢᴜᴍɪ & ᴋʏᴏ 🦋

“When one of your high school bullies was working as a cashier at the movie theater when your movie premiered,” director Jazz Thornton said doing the dance

But not everyone was a fan 

Actress Lindsay Shaw from Ned’s Declassified School Survival and Pretty Little Liars came under fire for mocking Mang’s “Alors on Dance” video. The Twitter account @PopCrave archived some since-deleted videos from Shaw. 

In the first video, Shaw asked “What the f*** is this? Are we OK?” regarding Mang’s video. Many Black TikTokers, who are currently on strike from the platform because of its alleged racist policies, felt this was another example of Black creators being dismissed. 

In a tearful video, Shaw claimed that she was being harassed and defended her initial video. 

“The hate mail in my inbox is not OK. OK? I did not mean anything in any kind of way,” Shaw said. “I’m not here to offend or belittle anybody.” 

Usim E. Mang’s talks about his viral success

“I really don’t have much to say on that but she did make that video, and it was her actions that caused that backlash on her, so all I can do is stay in my lane and just spread positivity and love,” Mang told Buzzfeed about Shaw’s video. 

As for the dance’s origins, Mang said his friend and fellow TikToker Justin Planess came up with the signature shoulder movement for a previous video

“From that point on, that shoulder move was in almost every dance,” Mang told Buzzfeed. “So we just incorporated that into it then went one way four times then turned and went the other way four times and it came out smooth.”

He however credited the success of the video not to whether or not people can replicate it, but the fact that people put their own spin on it. 

“What is making it go so viral is that people started their own trend on it,” Mang told Buzzfeed. 

But it was when the video hit 50 million views that he knew he was onto something. 

“All of my friends are stoked and can’t believe it either, truly a blessing,” he told Buzzfeed.

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