2015's Hottest Dance Crazes: The Dab, Hit the Quan and Beyond

Jamaica Craft and Sione Kelepi break down the year's essential Vine-friendly moves

Whip/Nae Nae
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Whip/Nae Nae

Difficulty: 4/5 stars

"That dance is hard," says choreographer Craft. "It looks easy, but you have to push your body, your arms and your legs into the same place. You have to also express attitude or whatever your personality is with it."

Origins: The Whip and Nae Nae were separate in the early 2000s, until teen rapper Silentó paired them in his "Watch Me" video this past summer, pushing his single to Number Three on the charts. Both dances are Southern based and have been around for a few years, but Silentó and the kids on Vine who fell in love with his song quickly realized that the two are even better together. 

How to: First Whip, with one arm out in front, like you're driving a car and rocking to the beat. Then Nae Nae — inspired by Martin character Sheneneh — requires a full-body shimmy as you raise your arm. "It's for when you've nailed something," says choreographer Jamaica Craft.

Best Time to Use It: Craft: "The best time to throw out the Whip is when football players do it. It's like when you've nailed something. If you're done with your day, you should Whip. Anything after a period of completion, you should Whip and Nae Nae."

Kelepi: "I kind of feel like we should move on from the Whip and the Nae Nae, to be honest. I think the only occasion is if ["Watch Me"] comes on at a youth dance, but I think there should be a new dance craze, only because I've seen it so much!"

Best Celebrity Rendition: The dance hit peak saturation when Hillary Clinton attempted it on Ellen.

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