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How To Do The Bankhead Bounce

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How To Do The Bankhead Bounce

Charise Roberts
November 12, 2021
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Remember the music videos where everyone was kickin’ it with that cool shoulder groove?

That move is called the Bankhead Bounce and it was popularized by Atlanta rapper Diamond Atkins, who actually created a song for this dance too.

Since it's a social party dance that serves up some serious swag, it's definitely worth mastering.

Watch the move demonstrated here:


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If you’re more of a reader, keep scrolling and follow along with the steps below!

How to do the Bankhead Bounce


  1. To get into the groove of things, warm up with a bounce. Focus on lifting your shoulders as you bounce your body up to the beat. Try it at half tempo first while you get into the groove! When you feel comfortable, you can speed up to full tempo.
  2. Now, let's add in the arm movement. Bring your forearms up near your face with fists closed. Make sure your fists are somewhat aligned with your shoulders. Then, bounce your shoulders double time, and as you bounce the shoulders, cross your arms on count 1 and open them again on count 2. Keep that double bounce, though!

All done!

If you're confident with this first version, you can also try a variation where you point one forearm up and the other forearm sideways, switching their positions on each beat.

Use the video above as a reference and see if you can spice things up by rocking your torso too!

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