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'Tutting' resurrected as new viral dance craze of 2014

It may be new to some, but 'tutting,' a new viral craze, has been popular since the 1970s and first went viral in 2009. (Source: Mike Song/YouTube) It may be new to some, but 'tutting,' a new viral craze, has been popular since the 1970s and first went viral in 2009. (Source: Mike Song/YouTube)

(RNN) – Get out of the way, twerkers - it wouldn't be a new year without a new dance craze sweeping across the internet.

In 2014 "tutting" is set to be the new craze, but its origins are as old as the Egyptian pyramids.

Tutting is a form of popping, likened to B-boy dancing popularized in the 1980s and vogueing, re-popularized by Madonna in her 1990 hit Vogue.

According to Urban Dictionary, tutting is "the style originally practiced by young funk dancers and is derived from the positions people were drawn in the days of the Ancient Egyptians; so when you ‘tut,' you change the angles of your arms according to the beat."

Tutting focuses on the angles and motions of your hands and joints to make distinct movements and shapes. Tutting is usually performed to funk and soul music, but can be performed to anything from dubstep, hip-hop, pop or any upbeat music.

The genre resurfaced in 2009 and was quickly followed with instructional videos by the top "tutters" in the country. But social media allowed it to explode to a new audience, beginning with "finger tutting," which are intricately choreographed finger dances synched with the movement of the upper body. Finger tutting videos began going viral on YouTube in 2009.

With the increase of social media trends growing thanks to apps like Vine and Instagram, tutting - particularly finger tutting - has resurfaced as a new craze, even though it's been around for nearly three decades. Buzzfeed described tutting as "weird and hypnotic," and posted an article featuring several popular Vine videos of tutters.

The origins of tutting is attributed to choreographer and performer Mark "King Bugaloo Tut" Benson, who popularized tutting the late 1970s.

Benson has recently worked with several dance teams and crews on the popular shows America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance? and America's Best Dance Crew.

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