Is It Really Time For The Percolator? 11 Of The Most Random And Ratchet Dances We Did Back In The Day

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September 10, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

From the cry baby to the stanky legg, some of these dances were just absolutely terrible, but we learned them and pulled them out like it was the Kid and Play at every club and house party. Unfortunately, the hype for these moves died down with the quickness, and I’m sure if you tried them now, someone would give you the side-eye…

Cry baby

The Cry Baby Dance

The cry baby, if you’ll recall, consists of laying down on your stomach on the ground, tooting your behind up, and pounding your right fist on the ground all at the same time. The end result is supposed to look like a baby having a tantrum, but of course, the dance comes off more sexually suggestive than anything childlike. I hate to admit it (in public), but I was one of many back in the day at house parties trying to get on somebody’s dirty floor to booty pop. When the ground was a little too sketch looking to do so, you could always try the dance on the wall, but alas, it was ratchet on either surface…

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  • Laverne

    Shoot…the percolator is STILL hot!

  • Jeanette

    I did ALL of these…never was bold enough to do the crybaby in public tho..ahahahhahaha…..What a FUN article!!!!

  • sammi_lu

    You can’t put the chickenhead on here and not shout out the equally horrid Laffy Taffy lol!

  • Cocolicious

    The chicken head? we called it the ‘pork chop’.

  • MsTighteyesisbackb!tches

    OMG YASSS THE BANKHEAD BOUNCE WAS MY FAV DANCE AS A CHILD AND IM FROM ATL SO EVERYONE WAS DOIN IT EVEN MY DAYCARE TEACHERS LMAO

  • yagurlgg

    this was dumb. the only dance that was ratchet was the cry baby and maybe that pancake dance u just name a lot of fad dances. then you could say the harlem shake or the twist or the swim or the mash potato was ratchet. why aren’t those ratchet? i think there needs to be a clear definition of ratchet.

  • yagurlgg

    this was dumb. the only dance that was ratchet was the cry baby and maybe that pancake dance u just name a lot of fad dances. then you could say the harlem shake or the twist or the swim or the mash potato was ratchet. why aren’t those ratchet? i think there needs to be a clear definition of ratchet.

    • Kaho’olawe

      There already is a clear definition of ‘ratchet’

      1. A mechanism consisting of a pawl that engages the sloping teeth of a wheel or bar, permitting motion in one direction only.

      2. The pawl, wheel, or bar of this mechanism.

      • yagurlgg

        congratulations on being todays smart azz

  • Tee Elyse

    LMAO I’ve done all of these, especially the pancake!!! LOL!!! That was my dance in 2005!!!!

  • TT

    lol i’m mad i’m guilty of every single dance except for the pancake (wtf is that lol ) LMBO

  • Quoi

    The butterfly is an official dance with an official song. It was out BEFORE the tootsie roll. Look up 90s Jamaican dancehall.

    • Trisha_B

      Patra was the queen of the butterfly lmaooooo

    • Tee Elyse

      School em!!!!!!! & YES @Trisha B, Patra sho was!!!!

      • cutie

        Dat dude doin da perculatin gave me the vapors. Then I looked at his page and gave him side eye.

  • Leslie Rene Anderson

    twerking is like the waltz compared to what these kids are doing now. just google “yiken”…miley will be doing that next year…

  • Maile00

    The Perkulator is the ish!

  • kickash

    As a kid in STL, the chickenhead was huge. that was the dance every girl at the sixth grade dance was doing lol and the pancake

    • Lee

      The only one I never heard of was the pancake. It must have been more local… not so much a national thing. Sorry, but I can’t believe anybody did that. lol

      • Shae Shae 83

        The pancake is also known as footworking in the Chi

  • BAshley

    That’s Bobby V. and a Ying Yang Twin in that bankhead bounce video lol. Ive never heard that song, seen the dance though…

  • Kaho’olawe

    Why is everything ‘ratchet’ to Black people now?

    • Gigi

      Yep. I’m not sure any of the dances listed deserve to be considered ratchet especially if they are not particularly sexual in nature. Krumping is actually a respected dance form on So You Think You Can Dance.

      • Kaho’olawe

        Krumping was a respected dance form before SYTYCD even existed. The material on this site is whack.

        • Lee

          True. But you can’t deny it’s more well-known now because of SYTYCD.

    • Pull yo pants up

      U took the worlds right out of my mouth. Black Americans have no pride in their culture AT ALL that’s why its so easy for other to jump on it and claim it for themselves. If AA always talking negative about everything they do, thats ratchet, thats ghetto, and the new one I heard on TIa and Tamara show (on style network) thats so Compton (because Tia LOL in a restaurant) then EVERYONE else (other races) will pick it up and associate the negative in it and make a fool out of AA culture ie Miley Cyrus(at the end of the day she can clean her self up and detach herself from the “ratchet” but along the way she reinforced that this is what you are about AA)

  • HoneyDipp

    I’m ashamed to say that I am guilty of doing each of these dances at some point in my life. SMH. Oh well! The memories…

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      You can’t put the chickenhead on here and not shout out the equally horrid Laffy Taffy lol!