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Fun fact: In its early years, TikTok was largely known as a dancing and lip-syncing app for preteens and teenagers. While the platform has grown to be so much more than that, the TikTok dance video is a modern-day staple, with millions of people joining in on trends all the time. 

Want to try it for yourself? Here’s how to make a TikTok dance video that won’t make you cringe when you play it back.

How to Make a TikTok Dance Video

Whether you want to film one of the most popular dances in 2021 like the Linda and Heather best friends shimmy, or do a riff on a platform classic like “Viva la Swing,” TikTok is the perfect place to get moving.

And if you want even more help figuring out how to nail a few ultra-common TikTok dances, this video can help:

Step 1: Learn the Dance 

Before you ever start recording, you’re obviously going to need to learn the dance first! Take your time getting started, and make sure to stretch before you really get grooving. Some of those moves are deceptively difficult! 

If you’re new to this trend, dances like the “Say So” and “Blinding Lights” ones are excellent starting places—and won’t throw your back out in the process.

@charlidamelio

@lilhuddy @yodelinghaley

♬ Say So – Doja Cat
@macdaddyz

We got bored🤷🏼‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️

♬ Blinding Lights – MACDADDYZ

Step 2: Rehearse

Make sure your space is clear of any furniture or debris so that you have plenty of room to bust a move. Then, take a few test shots with your phone so that you can see if you’re centered and how the dance will look once everything is set up and ready to go. Never underestimate the power of a rehearsal!

Step 3: Record!

You can record your dance video one of two ways: Record from within the app, or record on your phone and then upload the video to TikTok. Both are comparable options, but recording in the app is preferable only because you can already sync the music without having to do an extra step.

Step 4: Adjust Your Clip 

Once you record, you’ll be able to use the app’s “Adjust Clips” feature to ensure that your moves line up with the track and don’t have any awkward lulls when you’re getting started or winding down your dancing.

Putting It All Together

That’s all it takes to make a great TikTok dance video! It’s up to you to decide how challenging of a video you want to take on and what sorts of moves you want to do, but as long as you’re patient, drink plenty of water, and stretch your back beforehand (I’m serious!), you’ll have a wonderful time!

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