How can you dance without looking like Napoleon Dynamite? The performer of a popular viral video shows you!
If you’re looking for a fun dance, then look no further. One viral dancer has shown the world how it’s done.
His name is Marcus Koch. And thanks to his video, your moves will make you Kochy. (Yes, it was hard to think up a clean pun joke based on his name.)
Way back at the end of the 20th Century, Koch performed a dance to the song Killer Boogie.
When YouTube came about, Koch’s video surfaced on the site. People around the world were astounded at his sequence. Here’s that video:
While that video still looks as fresh as the day it was recorded, Koch has recently uploaded another. It demonstrates how to perform this dance yourself.
At first, Koch runs through the routine standing from the back, with the footage played at 100%.
For the intro to the song, Koch limbers up.
Then, when the song kicks in, so does he.
His fancy footwork is super fast. Then he stretches out his arms to the rhythm while maintaining the footwork.
Then he jumps to the music. When he lands, he’s straight back to the footwork.
Later in the performance, he stretches his legs out on one side of the dancefloor and then another rapidly.
Then he spins around several times.
Of course, there are so many steps in this performance that it can be hard to keep up.
Luckily, the video then shows the same performance slowed down to 90% of the original speed.
And if you’d like to view part or all of this video even slower, then you can.
Not everyone knows this, but YouTube lets you play videos slower than normal speed. All you have to do is click the settings button (the cog,) select playback speed and shorten the video to either 0.75, 0.5 or 0.25 speed.
You may be wondering why YouTube has a function that allows you to slow down videos in the first place.
Well, it’s mostly used by extras (background artists) when they appear in a video, but they aren’t clearly visible when the video is played at full speed. They are able to show off their “appearances” to friends, family and anyone they ever meet, thanks to this function.
Koch’s newer Killer Boogie video has become popular online.
To date, it has gained almost 150,000 views. It also has 1,400 likes and dozens of comments. People have been saying things like this:
Clearly, Marcus Koch is gaining quite a following !
Marcus Koch teaches Swing dancing at the Herrang Dance Camp. He has been performing with his dance partner, Barbl, since 1991. And he’s learned from some of the true greats of the Swing world. For instance, he and his partner have met Frankie Manning, Gil Bradey, Jean Veloz and Ray Hirsch.
Koch and Barbl have also won many awards for their dancing. For instance, in America, they won the Feather Award twice in the late 90s.
However, if you’d like to be taught by Koch yourself, you’d better be prepared to travel.
His dance camp is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Naturally, most of us cannot currently travel all the way over to Europe. So we’ll have to make do with his YouTube videos for now.
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