People can’t seem to get enough of @happykelli. The always positive dancer seems to inhabit her own colorful world where everything is joyful. She rose to internet fame in the midst of the pandemic by providing a bit of frivolous fun during a globally bleak time.
Who is Happy Kelli?
Kelli Erdmann was born on April 8, 1992, in Marysville, Wyo. and is currently 29 years old. She is a professional dancer, choreographer, actress and influencer.
Erdmann is trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop. She moved to Los Angeles at 18 to join the EDGE Performing Arts Center scholarship program. She also nabbed representation by Bloc Talent Agency.
Happy Kelli’s scores a viral hit
On April 12, 2020, with the help of her videographer husband Butler, Erdmann decided to try a popular dance trend called “sticker cutouts.” In the meme, dismembered parts of the dancer’s body float across the screen. With each dance move, the person merges with one of the body parts.
When she posted the video she had 12 followers. When she woke up the next morning the video had 200,000 views. It eventually racked up 2.8 million.
The team scored another viral hit when Erdmann did the “PiuPiu Dance” with a friend. The clip received over 12.9 million views and made her one of TikTok’s must-see dancers.
Happy Kelli’s TikTok style
Erdmann and Butler have had ongoing viral success because they get a little more creative with their videos than the average TikTok dancer. The couple often opts for slick video editing, lots of sticker cutouts, vibrant colors and, of course, always an upbeat attitude.
“We saw these videos as a way to bring positivity and light to people during a dark and isolating time,” Erdmann told Dance Teacher. “We wanted to create things that made someone’s day or made them laugh or smile. I really love fun colors, and I thought the brightness of these videos was a great way to do that. There is power in lifting people’s moods through being silly, positive and wholesome all at the same time.”
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