Friday, February 26, 2016

Kid 'N Play's Big Theory About Why We All Went Crazy For Their Trademark Dance




In 1988, the country was introduced to a dance called the Funky Charleston, and pop culture was forever changed.


The moves -- an urban, street-dancing riff on the classic Charleston -- were performed by hip hop's Kid 'n Play, first for one of their music videos and then in the duo's film "House Party." People everywhere fixated on the Kid 'n Play kickstep, and it quickly became one of the biggest dance crazes of the late '80s. However, its popularity didn't end in that decade.


"The Kid 'n Play dance still seems to fascinate people to this day," says Christopher "Kid" Reid. "We're equally stunned by how that has maintained its popularity. I'm very glad that it has!"





When reminiscing on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" about their famous moves, Kid 'n Play shared a personal theory about why fascination with the Funky Charleston has endured for more than 25 years.


"In this day, when everybody's kind of doing their own thing and kind of dancing independently... the Kid 'n Play dance is a dance you have to do with somebody else," Kid explains.


Not only that, but there's also a genuine connection between the participants. "You can't do the Kid 'n Play with somebody you don't know," Kid says. "The person will be like, 'Yo, why are you kicking me?'"


Perhaps the only other thing that has fascinated people as much as Kid 'n Play's dance is Kid notable hi-top fade.


"That is something that was so kind of organic. I rocked it for, like, three years," he says.


Three years on the Kid, but forever in our minds. What can we say? Clearly, funk never dies.


"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.



Related: How Kid 'n Play went from bitter rivals to hip hop partners


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