Dancers do well on the social media app TikTok. Not surprisingly, dancers like Addison Rae and Charli D’Amelio are the ones who use it the most.
But the site isn’t just for showing off your skills. This community stays alive because of dance challenges like the Toosie Slide, the WAP challenge, and the Renegade. Here is the jargon you need to know to get around dance TikTok.
What does “DC” on TikTok stand for?
As you scroll through videos with the #dc hashtag, you’ll notice that almost all of them are about dancing. “DC” stands for “Dance Challenge,” which explains why. Of course. It seems obvious now that you know, but we won’t judge you if you didn’t know at first. We didn’t, either!
Most viral TikTok challenges are dance challenges, or DCs, as the cool kids probably don’t call them. Usually, the person who starts a dance challenge does certain moves to a certain song. Some people might think that’s dancing.
Then they challenge other people to make their own videos with the same moves. The next thing you know, someone starts a dance challenge, and it’s all over your TikTok feed. People usually put “Dc” in the video’s caption and then tag the people they want to see take part.
People sometimes change the dance challenges to keep things interesting, but the great TikTok hivemind seems to have decided that TikTok dances should mostly be made up of a few specific moves.
Most of the time, these moves involve a lot of hands and arm movements that keep the dancer’s body upright. You’ve seen TikTok dances. You understand what we mean.
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 can also be used to start (or keep going with) a dance dilemma. For example, users can list the handle of the person who made the dance but also tags the person they want to see do it next.
Why do DCs matter?
It’s important to give credit to choreographers if they want to get more fans 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 to do a Direct Connection on TikTok
You can do a dance challenge with just one person or with a group of friends. It’s up to you. On TikTok, all you need is a song and some original moves to start a dance challenge. Participating in a DC is probably a lot easier than starting one since all you have to do is copy the steps.
You might be tagged in a video if someone challenges you for a DC. The most important thing to do is to use the same sound as the video. Tap the Song button in the bottom right to do this. If you tap “Use this sound,” that song will be added to your video.
Now go ahead and dance like the people in the video. You might need to do it a few times. Once you’re done, go ahead and add the video to your profile. Make sure you tag more people to keep the DC going!
Caption Meaning Goes Viral After Addison Rae Forgets to Give ‘Dc’
Addison Rae has been getting a lot of criticism lately because she danced on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and didn’t give credit to the original choreographers.
Addison Rae told TMZ about the controversy, “I think they were all credited in the original YouTube post.” Sunny Hostin, a co-host on “The View,” also criticized the show for not giving credit for the dances. She said, “Give credit to the black creators.”
— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) March 28, 2021
Even though the dancers were not credited live on the show, they were all credited in the description box on YouTube.