TikTok’s ‘phone ya’ dance is so easy, a Millennial could do it

A new dance challenge is taking over TikTok and it’s super easy for a change. 

The ‘phone ya’ dance trend is fun, playful choreography that doesn’t require much expertise. If you can pantomime with your hands, you can probably pull off these simple moves. Here’s how the ‘phone ya’ TikTok challenge got started and how to do it. 

The original ‘phone ya’ dance challenge

The dance was created by @claudiajeanbass using a remix of Missy Elliott’s “Work It.” 

“OK, I thought this sound was cute, lolz,” @claudiajeanbass wrote in the caption. 

The “phone ya” sound has since taken off with almost 1 million videos using it. 

How to do the ‘phone ya’ dance

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The dance is great for beginners. After Missy Elliott says, “phone ya,” and you hear the dial tone, pretend one hand is a phone and press the buttons with the other hand. Then do spirit fingers in an upward motion and clap your hands together. Finish it off by rotating your hips or transitioning into your favorite dance move. 

Some examples of the ‘phone ya’ dance challenge

TikToker @userdan331 skipped the spirit fingers and just leaned into the groove. Instead of clapping, he made a slapping gesture with one hand.

“The way your feet are so perfectly positioned,” one person wrote

“The slap,” another said

But @l1an4_ took things to the next level with an assist from her pet bird. She used the bird as a phone, tossed it in the air and then it landed on her head in perfect time with the music. 

“I forgot birds could fly,” a user joked

“The bird understood the assignment,” someone commented

Not everyone uses the “phone ya” sound the same, however. User @jordannpowell created a transition with it, to go from looking unassuming to totally punk. 

“Didn’t even recognize you,” a person responded.

“The way my jaw dropped,” another wrote.

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