How to Do the Jerk Dance

The jerk is a complex set of evolving dance steps. The basic step is described here.


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You Will Need

  • Skinny jeans
  • Rhythm


  1. Step 1

    Bend your knees

    Put on some skinny jeans and bend your knees slightly with one foot a little bit ahead of the other.

  2. Step 2

    Move your knees back and forth

    Start moving your knees in toward each other and back, opening and closing your legs at the knees.

  3. Step 3

    Add arm movement

    Hold your arms bent with your hands level with your chest. Swing your arms to the sides as you twist your body at the torso from side to side.

  4. Shift your weight from your heels to your toes and twist your body.

  5. Step 4

    Extend your arms

    Extend your arms away from your body in various directions as you continue to twist, still moving your knees in and out.

  6. Step 5

    Add vertical movement

    Continue moving your knees in and out with your knees bent. Bounce up and down to the beat with your knees bent.

  7. The jerk got its start among urban youth in Los Angeles around 2007 and rapidly gained popularity elsewhere after it was seen on internet videos.