where did dabbing start

What is dabbing and where did dabbing come from? A complete guide for confused parents!

Oh kids these days, crazy little things aren’t they?

Weird to think that we once sniggered at the things our parents didn’t understand about us when we were young, and now here we are, baffled over the latest dance move that’s gripped our youngsters.

But seriously, what is dabbing? Why oh why, is everybody obsessed with it? And where did dabbing come from?

Well, don’t worry, we’re here to offer a supportive hand and give you the down low on what dabbing is, where dabbing came from and try and shed some light on why your kids are dabbing themselves silly at every opportunity.

What is dabbing?

Whether it’s a serious family photo or the school play, children everywhere are using the dab to ruin our photo albums – but what actually is this craze?

Dabbing, or ‘the dab’ as it is sometimes singularly referred to, is a dance move that has grown in popularity over the last year and involves moving both arms up and out to the side of your body in something that looks a little bit like a weird salute.

It can be done in either direction, first one arm reaches in front of your chest towards the opposite side of your body, and bends at the elbow, with the back of your hand ending up by your ear to make an elongated V shape. The other arm sticks outwards in the same direction, away from your body, in a straight line. Traditionally at this point, when both arms are in position, the head moves down in a bow movement with the rest of the body staying straight.

Manchester United player Jesse Lingard celebrates his goal with the dab

Where did dabbing come from?

As is often the way with these things, no one is completely sure where dabbing came from, but it is thought to be have been formed as an amusing/celebratory dance move originating from rappers in Atlanta, USA.

Similarly to the ‘Nae Nae’, another popular dance move of this music genre, dabbing grew in popularity as artists used it in their music videos and referenced to it in songs until it became recognised by more main stream figures.

A young American sports fan starts to dab in the crowd

What does dabbing mean?

Don’t be fooled parents, dabbing may sound like an innocent dance move but there is a much more sinister original meaning behind it (although the good news is your kids probably don’t even realise it).

The Sun reports that the name is linked to smoking butane hash oil and extracting 90 per cent of the THC (the primary ingredient in marijuana).

It has been said that the dance move is supposed to represent sneezing, something that often happens to people when they’ve taken a lot of cannabis.

Prince Harry can be seen delighting school children with his execution of the move

Famous people dabbing

Despite the trend seeming rather puzzling it has been taken on light-heartedly by a number of famous faces, becoming a symbol of humour or celebration, so don’t worry – your little ones aren’t the only ones doing it!

Here’s a round up of some of our favourite dabbing moments from the royals to TV stars.

Ellen Degeneres and Hilary Clinton
Last year Ellen Degeneres invited politician Hilary Clinton onto her talk show where they enjoyed the odd dab together.

Prince Harry
Prince Harry delighted young people when he dropped the dab after giving out hi-fives.

Dabbing is the biggest craze we've seen in a while, but what is dabbing and where did dabbing come from? Find out everything you need to know in our guide!

What is dabbing? Meaning, origin and videos of celebrities performing the dance move

The craze has spread across the globe over the past year, with celebrities, politicians and even royals doing it in public

  • 12 Apr 2018, 16:52
  • Updated : 12 Apr 2018, 16:58

DABBING has become a global craze over the past year with celebrities, politicians and even royals performing the dance move in public.

If you’ve never heard of it or simply aren’t quite sure what all the fuss is about, then read on.

What is dabbing? Who started it?

The dabbing craze sees people point one arm upwards towards the sky while also bowing their head into their other arm. Yes, that’s it.

The trend is thought to have been initially started in Atlanta by rappers from the group Migos and a few other artists that collaborate on their tracks, including Jose Guapo, Skippa Da Flippa, and PeeWee Longway.

Just like the Nae Nae, artists popularised the dance move by featuring it in their music videos and mixtapes and it was soon picked up by the American football player Cam Newton.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback has now become an ambassador for the dab and helped it become a household trend.

What does dabbing mean?

While dabbing may seem like just an innocent dance move, it does actually have a darker meaning behind it.

The expression is also a term for smoking butane hash oil and extracting 90 per cent of the THC (the primary ingredient in marijuana).

Some have said the dance move is supposed to represent sneezing, something that often happens to people when they’ve taken a lot of cannabis.

Which famous faces and celebs have dabbed?

Since the dabbing craze begun a lot of celebs, politicians and royals have performed the move in public. Here are some of the latest and greatest.

Woman dabs in Donald Trump’s office

M.A., woman who sued, dances as Pres. Trump signs bill combatting online sex trafficking. “It’s about damn time.”

On April 11 2018, a woman was filmed dabbing as Donald Trump signed a bill combating online sex trafficking in the Oval office.

The activist, known as M.A., was the first woman to sue classified advertising website Backpage, for allowing adverts touting sex with underage kids.

If anyone can, Chuka can

Even Labour MP Chuka Umunna performed a dab in public (kind of), presumably under pressure from his young audience.

Labour leader gets animated

This cartoon version of Jeremy Corbyn dabbing first appeared on social media some time ago, but was resurfaced recently by election campaign supporters.

Throw out the rules of this rigged economy and change them to benefit the many, not the few. #VoteLabour #GE2017

Tom Watson during Theresa May’s PMQs

Labour MP Tom Watson dabbed during PMQs after Jeremy Corbyn hit out at Theresa May about the NHS.

The politician performed the move as Mr Corbyn sat down next to him.

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard loves a good dab

Prince Harry partakes in the trend while visiting Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University








Popular Saudi Arabian singer and TV host Abdallah Al Shahani

Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid tried it

After worrying that Kate Garraway would ‘knock herself out’ with the move, Susanna decided to get involved.

Kay Burley dabbing (badly) on Sky News

After Tom Watson dabbed on PMQs, Sky News presenter Kay Burley attempted a dab but it looked more like a Usain Bolt celebration.

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The dabbing craze has spread across the globe over the past year, with celebrities, politicians and even royals doing it in public