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African dances are rooted in joy, self-expression, and community, and the #DanceTok community has been sure to keep that same energy on TikTok.

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12 DanceToks From This Year That Prove AfroDance Could Bring World Peace

#DanceTok has done an incredible job at taking African dances across the world — here are some of our faves from this year.

Twenty twenty-one has been a really tough year for a lot of us. And the need for positive, energy-inducing activities or escapes has never been more important. As the world steadily opened up, we needed to laugh, find joy, and have experiences that would make up for the year and a half of our lives that we've lost. TikTok, the video-sharing music app, helped connect the world to each other through laughter, music, and dance both during the pandemic, and now during whichever version of the pandemic we're currently going through. Users have the freedom to interact with cultures that they would normally never think of, as the app is often used to teach other people how to speak different languages, educate some on the ins and outs of online trading and cryptocurrency, as well as how to do dance moves that are specific to certain corners of the world.

The #Afrodance category on TikTok features over a billion videos representing the fast-paced, high-energy dance moves from the continent, and one thing they all have in common is the giant smiles plastered over each dancers face. African dances are rooted in joy, self-expression, and community, and the #DanceTok community has been sure to keep that same energy on the app. Talented dancers in the #Afrodance world are using their platforms not only to celebrate themselves and show off their fancy footwork, but also to help international observers recreate the moves in ways that won't embarrass them (and us). The dances are fun, bold, and prove that Afro dance could really and truly be the medicine the world needs to finally stop fighting each other.

We chose 12 videos showcasing incredible dancers from around the world partaking in the #Afrodance trend, and helping spread the talent, robustness and high spirits found in the world of African dances. From Panama to England, Afrodance is taking the dance world by storm and we're happy to sit back and watch.

Here are 12 DanceToks from this year that should be enough to convince you to spend your next summer dancing on the continent:

@mooyamusunga - South Africa 


Whoever made this sound😭🤌🏾🔥. Y’all watched #squidgame yet? #squidgameamapiano #squidgamenetflix #netflix

@kilipaul - Kenya


my grand mother caught me🤣 #fyp #maasai #dance #dancing #music #africa #goviral #foryoupage #foryou #fypsounds #foryourpage

@dustygiamanco - United States of America 


Visit TikTok to discover videos!

@mrsmosquito - Nigeria


And there goes our dinner 😩#danceinstructor#maiden#fy#tutorial#fu

@edpeople - Belgium 


Best of #African moves 💃 Which one is your fav? #Africa #afro #afrodance #maassai #eskista #legwork #azonto #marrabenta #tictaa #butterflylegwork

@itsjustnifee - United Kingdom


Reply to @chopdaily Already beat you to it! 😏 w/@leahtaret #fyp #caseremixchallenge #afrodance #itsjustnife (dc: mee)

@thechinyanta - Zambia 


I don’t want a booty like the Kardashians. I want a booty like Kofi 🤤 #comedy #nigeria #congo #ghana #southafrica #congolais #coupedecale #amapiano

@showderrr - Venezuela 


Esto sale si juntamos estos dos trend ✨ #fyp #afrodance #afro

@char_rbsn_cxxk - Australia 


Reply to @aliciaalexandra can confirm socks are easier 😭 | dc: @Tileh Pacbro | #fyp #foryoupage #afrodance

@afrosam - Panama


Visit TikTok to discover videos!

@homebrosuk - United Kingdom 


Homebros UK 🔥 @homebrosuk #mayral #afrodance #roborockrun #fatnskinny

@tileh_pacbro - Kenya


Y’all allow me kill this just one more time 😁🤝 #afrodance #afrohouse #fypシ