A Virginia Commonwealth University student has gone viral for her unique take on a song that led to a popular dance on TikTok.
On May 2, Morgan Bullock, a rising senior, shared a video of herself performing an Irish dance to Beyoncé’s remix of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage.” The original song, which was released on March 6, sparked a widespread choreographed dance challenge, thanks to fellow TikTok user Keara Wilson.
Bullock’s version of the remix sees her impressively tapping to the beat of the song. Since it was shared on TikTok, it has received nearly 700,000 views and more than 2,000 comments.
“YASSSS,” one person wrote in response. “Ankles as strong as Megan’s knees!!!”
“You are the first Black Irish step dancer I’ve seen!!!” another wrote. “Represent!!!”
In an interview with WKRN, Bullock said she wanted to make the most of her time spent in quarantine by returning to one of her passions. The college student had reportedly taken a year off due to injuries.
“I was like, ‘Well, I want to participate in this because it looks like something fun to do,” she said. “And I tried to learn the dance, and I wasn’t very good at it. Through listening to the song a couple times I was like, ‘I feel like I could Irish dance to this,’ and so I just messed around with the beats and rhythms and made a fun video and now here we are.”
The video caught the attention of Beyoncé’s mother, who reshared the clip. Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Prime Minister, also shared the footage on Twitter and invited Bullock to dance in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day 2021.
“It’s something a lot of people haven’t seen before,” Bullock told WKRN. “A person of color doing Irish dance is different for a lot of people, but I think it’s important to recognize the difference between appropriation and appreciation. I think it’s been so cool seeing how much Irish dance is spread throughout other cultures and how people from other countries are able to connect through something like Irish dance.”
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