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

September 10, 2013  |  
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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…

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…



First of all, when will we come to a unanimous decision about what the damn percolator is!? Some claim it’s a form of the spongebob, some pull out an up-and down arm pop, others put their hands together, bend down and move their body in a circle like an almost slow version of the bankhead bounce, and then the alleged original is just rapidly moving your legs and popping your butt at the same time. All in all, the song will always get folks loose, but whatever the dance is, and it depends on who you ask, its time has come and gone.



The Motorcycle Dance

You could really only do this dance the best when acting a fool to Yung Joc’s “It’s Going Down.” It was the laziest dance of all time as it required the least amount of energy, but it definitely had folks splashing drinks on people in the club in an effort to throw their arms and up and do it when the chorus dropped.



Blame it on St. Louis, but the in the early ’00s, somebody was at a party damn near convulsing…aka, doing the chicken head. Prop your arms up, bend your knees, turn your face up and make sure you do the step in a circle. That way, everyone will know you’re not playing with your chickenhead. Chingy’s “Right Thurr” offered plenty of examples of the dance with women in velour jumpsuits, jersey dresses and Baby Phat. The major fashions of the time…



Maybe we were just doing this big time in the Midwest for a short time, but the pancake would have folks sweating big time in the club. Paired with the lean-with-it-rock-with-it dance, the technique included moving your hand like it’s a hot skillet that you’re flipping a pancake in (get it?). Whenever you’ve exhausted a certain arm, you could flip the pancake in the air and catch it in slow motion before executing the same hand movements on the other arm. If you’re tired, feel free to throw the invisible pancake to a willing friend…



Look, there could only be one leg dance in the mid-’90s, but folks were trying to make more than one work. What was the difference between the butterfly and the Tootsie Roll? Well, one was done winding one leg at a time (and you bring said leg up) while the other was done with two legs at a time. Because the Tootsie Roll had an actual song, it was more official. Sorry butterfly.


Bankhead Bounce

I don’t know about you, but as a young’n, I learned the bankhead bounce from watching episodes of Moesha. But for most, folks could see pseudo-famous individuals bankhead bouncing at crazy speeds in Atlanta. The dance became so popular in the mid-90s that Michael Jackson even broke out some moves while performing at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards.


The Soulja Boy, aka, The Superman

Despite the fact that the song was really referencing a sexual act (a woman having a man ej*culate on her back, and then put a sheet on her back so it looks like she has a cape…), everybody from suburban kids to hood-nificent ladies and gents were trying to do the dance. It encompassed everything from foot slapping to leaning and rocking wit it, and eventually pretending to fly at the end. It was the absolute most…and everybody was doing it.


Chicken Noodle Soup

While we could get with the Harlem Shake all those years ago (the ORIGINAL, not that mess white folks tried to claim as the Harlem Shake this year), the chicken noodle soup from Harlem? Not so much. It’s like a mix of jazz hands (the “Let it rain” part) and kicking up your feet one at a time. It was definitely an energetic step, but it was just a little too involved for most people outside of Manhattan.


Stanky Legg

You did it. Don’t front. Best done when combined with the actual song “Stanky Legg” (pay attention to the use of more than one g), it required you to act like you had a broken leg. You would bend down and then wind your leg in and out. If you were really committed, you also put your finger up to your nose to let folks know your leg was the stankiest in the crowd. It was cute for a minute, but the hype definitely died down fast. But hey, somebody got a check!



Krumping as a whole is pretty awesome (and yes, I’ve seen the movie Rize), but there were way too many people who were NOT professionals trying to do it in the early to mid 2000s. Do it right and you have a highly energetic set of movements (including stomping and chest popping) that can help one let out a lot of aggression. Do it wrong, and you’re bound to pull something in your neck, and possibly hit somebody else. So if you’re not from LA or you’re not Chris Brown and Columbus Short, this dance is NOT for you.

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