Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 19 May 2019

What to know about the latest viral dance craze: The Triangle Dance

The Triangle dance is sometimes known as the Milkshake Challenge - owing to TikTok user Matthew Jones's February video of him and two friends dancing to Milkshake by Kelis.

Orange Justice, the Nae Nae and flossing have all had their chance in the social media sun, but there's a new dance trend on the block: the Triangle.

What is it?

As the name suggests, the dance involves three people standing in a triangle formulation, with their hands on each other's shoulders. What ensues can best be described as: jump forward, sidestep left, sidestep right, repeat - until you're exhausted or crash into each other. That last bit happens quite a bit as it turns out, with some wry observers noting that the dance may well be aimed at taunting those with two left feet or poor co-ordination skills.

The Triangle dance is sometimes known as the Milkshake Challenge - owing to TikTok user Matthew Jones's February video of him and two friends dancing to Milkshake by Kelis. This spurred a bunch of others to attempt the three simple-looking but highly co-ordinated steps to the same song.

The Triangle has since been attempted and posted by everyone from kids in a fourth-grade classroom and teens in a high-school gym to a team of doctors and newsreaders on office premises - some slick, but most ending in collision and much laughter.

Growing popularity

The #TriangleDance and #TriangleDanceChallenge #TriangleDancers hashtags on Instagram have about 1,000 posts as of now, with the number predicted to grow to many more times that. A song with clear beats is best, but not necessary. As these gentlemen at Leicester Square discovered, it works perfectly well on Gangnam Style, too.

Bruised knees, toes and egos aside, the Triangle is a great way to warm-up before a group exercise session. Just remember to partner with people you trust.

Updated: March 14, 2019 01:20 PM

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