What does ‘DC’ mean on TikTok? Here’s what the acronym stands for

TikTok is the social media app where dancers thrive. Unsurprisingly, its most popular users are dancers like Addison Rae and Charli D’Amelio

But the platform isn’t just about sharing your skills. Dance challenges like the Toosie Slide, WAP challenge and Renegade are what keep this community going. So here’s the slang you need to know to navigate dance TikTok.

What does ‘DC’ mean on TikTok?

The acronym DC stands for dance challenge. A dance challenge is when a TikTok choreographer makes an original routine, then challenges users to recreate the exact number.

Why do people write DC in their TikTok captions?

The letters DC are usually followed by a creator’s handle in a caption. That’s because it’s a way of crediting the original choreographer. It’s also a way of initiating (or continuing) a dance challenge.

For example, users may list the original choreographer’s handle, but also tag the person they want to see do the dance next.

Why are DCs important?

Crediting choreographers is essential for them to gain followers and grow their audiences. But most importantly, people simply deserve acknowledgment for their hard work.

Charli D’Amelio showed how powerful the DC caption can be when she completed a dance challenge from a more obscure account and sent some love their way. That artist now has 75,000 TikTok followers!

How can I start my own TikTok dance challenge?

All you need are some original dance moves — don’t worry, there’s no shortage of inspiration on TikTok — and the perfect song. From there, tag some influencers and hope that they decide to give your choreography a go and credit you with that DC!

If you enjoyed this story, you might also want to find out what “CC” means on TikTok.

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