26 Dance Moves That Were Basically Taught to Every Arab Kid Growing Up

Before the Nae Nae and twerking happened, two angels called Hamid ElShaeri and Vanilla Ice landed on earth and showed 80s kids what “cool” and “swag” meant. I will forever say the 80s and 90s were the golden eras of music and embarrassing choreography. Being an Arab kid used to be nothing but practicing dances for birthdays, proms and weddings and those who actually nailed the moves were the coolest kids in school, like you wanted to be in their presence.

Here are all the times bad dance moves made us feel like the hippest kids in town:

 

 

Shaking it with El Leila Doob and Moustafa Amar

 

elleela doob

 

 

The minute this song played, arms started crossing, legs started wiggling. Yes, Asereje was everyone’s jam

 

asereje

 

 

Only girls who went to all-girls schools will understand how important Amr Diab’s choreography was at weddings and prom

 

amarin 

 

 

Going Bollywood with Hisham Abbas in 7abeby da

 

اشزثزغ يش

 

 

Who didn’t spin his friend around to Cotton Eye Joe in a poor cowboy dance attempt and ended up falling on his behind?

 

cotton eye joe

 

 

We were crazy in love with the Oh oh oh oh oh oooooo move

 

crazy in love

 

 

Cheb’s Khaled was our Drake and Didi was the best thing to ever grace planet earth, however our Didi dance was the worst

 

didi

 

 

Getting down with Backstreet Boys and looking like you are constipated because you’re actually squatting 

 

get down

 

 

The arm shake while screaming ole ole ole because you’re cool

 

go go go

 

 

There is not a single Egyptian lady who doesn’t understand the glory of Shik shak shok

 

shik shak

 

 

Shouting at the top of your lungs “I will survive” after you just got dumped

 

 

i will survive

 

 

If you don’t know Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”, you are not worthy of this nostalgic article. 

 

ice ice

 

 

Girls dancing Lambada with girls because it was too obscene and 3eeb to try with men. Girls were dirty dancing together everywhere in the early 90s

 

lambada

 

 

Party rocking and the ability to shuffle

 

lmfao

 

 

Na na na na nanana 

 

jiggy

 

 

C’mon guys, the Lolaki move is a natural reflex, it’s more of a body jerk

 

lolaki

 

 

The coolest guys and girls would be the ones who did not screw up the Macarena line. Yes, we’re glad that era is over

 

macarena

 

 

Guys would do Michael Jackson’s moon walk just to impress girls. Those were the real influencers of Egypt. These boys were out of every girl’s reach

 

moon walk

 

 

A chance to make a fool of yourself while enjoying it was Suavamente

 

swavemente

 

 

“Let’s twist again like we did last summer” is still our favorite wedding moment

 

twist again

 

 

“Waka waka”, “my hips don’t lie” and unleashing your inner Taheya Karyokka

 

waka waka

 

 

A ZIGGA ZIG AHH with Spice Girls. Only the best damn days

 

zig

 

 

Concentrating really hard to get the letters YMCA right yet you do ITCL instead

 

ymjca

 

 

And the biggest two dance moves that shaped us, 80s kids, into the cool humans we are today:

 

7alal 3lik

 

اشمشم ٣مهن

 

 

And 3awedooni

 

شصثيخخره

 

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Dina is an orthodontist with a passion for writing and blogging that surpasses the joy of straightening teeth. Her book blog “Closet nerd book club” promotes the work of young aspiring Egyptian authors. Her life’s guilty pleasure is tacky reality TV shows and the two addictions that have taken over her life are Game of Thrones and Perez Hilton.

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