How to Do the MC Hammer Dance

MC Hammer did the Hammer Dance in back the early '90s, but the dance lives on. Follow these steps to learn Hammer's moves.


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You Will Need

  • Music
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Hammer pants (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Play music

    Play lively dance music to get in the mood for Hammer dancing.

  2. To feel the spirit of the dance, put on baggy, genie-like pants, also known as Hammer pants.

  3. Step 2

    Keep legs wide

    Take a wide stance and wait for a good place in the music to start moving.

  4. Step 3

    Bend your knees

    Bend your knees so you are in a squat with your knees pointed out.

  5. Step 4


    Shuffle quickly to the right and then quickly back to the left. Repeat as often as you want.

  6. Step 5

    Move your arms

    Stretch your arms out or hold them at your sides, alternately raising and lowering either shoulder as you move from side to side.

  7. Step 6

    Add style

    Jump and cross your feet quickly in the front and then in back to give the dance more visual interest

  8. Step 7

    Integrate other moves

    Integrate other late '80s and early '90s dance moves and tear it up at the club.

  9. MC Hammer was given the name "Hammer" by members of the Oakland A's baseball team, for whom he worked as a batboy. They thought he looked like baseball great "Hammerin" Hank Aaron.