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origin of dab dance by smemud(m): 1:10pm On Jul 18, 2016
The Dab is a dance in which the dancer
simultaneously drops the head while raising
an arm and the elbow in a gesture that has
been noted to resemble sneezing. [1] As a
Sports Illustrated article about the
phenomenon described the Dab, “The dance is
pretty simple; one leans in to their elbow like
they’re sneezing."


The Dab has its origins in the Atlanta hip-hop
scene, but there is disagreement about who
originated the dance. [2] Artists frequently
mentioned as possible originators include
Migos (as in "Look at My Dab "wink, Skippa Da
Flippa, Peewee Longway, and Rich The Kid .

American rapper Bow Wow attempted to
explain the origin of the dab dance, saying it
related heavily to the cannabis dabbers
community started long before the dance in
2012. He was met with opposition from other
rappers who immediately took to Twitter to
insult and disagree with him.

There is also speculation that the dance
originated from Dabbing, an action taken
where someone snorts cocaine from their
elbow while acting like they are sneezing.
However, there is no proof that this claim is
true nor false. NFL football player Cam
Newton of the Carolina Panthers is well known
for performing this dance when he scores a

Popularity beyond the U.S. south

In 2015, the Dab rose to national prominence
in the U.S. As XXL Magazine reported in
August 2015, "What started as a regional
down South adlib is quickly becoming a
masterful maneuver in clubs and on street
corners. It’s called dabbin’."

Popularity in sports

The Dab gained popularity in U.S. sports
following an eight-second celebratory Dab by
Cam Newton, football quarterback for the
Carolina Panthers of the National Football
League, during a game against the Tennessee
Titans on November 15, 2015. According
to a Sports Illustrated account of the incident,
"[w]hen two Titans players confronted
[Newton] about the celebration, he continued
to dance in their faces, even as he backed

After his famous dab against the Titans,
Newton explained at a press conference why
he had dabbed. He credited a 16-year old for
instructing him to "dab on them folks":

I'm a firm believer that if you don't like
me to do it then don't let me in ... I just
like doing it, man. It's not to be boastful,
and from the crowd's response they like
seeing it. ... Tell me what to do "Dab on
them folks," so I tried "Dab on them
folks," in that tone too. "Dab on them
folks." He's only like 16, but he's got an
Adam's apple out of this world.

It was later confirmed that the 16-year old
was Newton's younger brother Caylin.
Re: origin of dab dance by RockStarSahil(m): 1:54pm On Jul 18, 2016
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