Did you watch Shakira and Jennifer Lopez’s incredible halftime performance at the Super Bowl and wish you could move like them? Now you have the chance to learn, with a little help from the “Whenever, Wherever” singer.
On Feb. 4, only two days after she and J.Lo put on a stunning show at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, Shakira posted a dance tutorial to her YouTube channel to help wannabe dancers learn how to do the champeta, a type of dance that originated in the singer’s home country of Colombia. In the video, Shakira’s 18-year-old choreographer Liz Dany Campo Diaz goes through the moves with her.
Shakira and a huge group of dancers performed the traditional routine together during the unforgettable halftime show finale, and now thousands of people want to try their hand at it (albeit in less glamorous locations).
Some of the #ChampetaChallenge efforts are actually pretty awesome, like Colombian singer Laura Buitrago’s attempt, shared on Instagram.
Some participants decided to give the champeta their own twist, like Anna from Ukraine.
“I decided to mix two different national dances and styles into one,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a video clip of the result: a combination of the champeta and traditional Ukrainian folk dancing.
Shakira herself took to Instagram to reveal she’d had an “incredible response” to her #ChampetaChallenge.
According to Culture Trip, champeta began in the early 1970s as an urban dance form, born in the slums of Cartagena and San Basilio. Coastal natives much preferred the traditional cumbia, salsa or vallenato, so champeta stayed underground for a while. But in the 2000s, it started to penetrate the mainstream, and today it has revolutionized modern Colombian music.
In June 2016, the government of Cartagena officially recognizing champeta as “the music of the region.”
Forget The Floss; it’s all about the champeta in 2020.