How To Do The Dougie

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How To Do The Dougie

Charise Roberts
January 23, 2024
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The original Dougie dance was named and inspired by rapper Doug. E. Fresh, from the 80’s and 90’s.

He'd hit these smooth, swaggy dance moves when performing on stage.

Then, rapper Lil’ Wil made a track in 2007 called “My Dougie”. The Dougie was done in his video and it went viral! 

Later on this dance became part of the Jerking movement. It became a foundational move of the Jerking dance style and evolved to have a faster pace.

Of course, the Dougie might change, depending on the region, but the core remains the same!

Watch the move demonstrated here:

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How to do the Dougie

  1. You want to start off with a basic 2 Step move with an added bounce. Step from left to right with bent knees.
  2. Now, as you step to the right, lean into the right side. Your back should be toward the right and your chest should be at a 45 degree angle to the left. When you step and lean, bring your left forearm up. Then, finish the 2 Step movement by bringing your left foot inward to meet your right foot and tapping it on the ground.
  3. Moving on to the other side, step to the left, turn your torso 45 degrees to the right, and bring your right forearm up.
  4. Once you have the mechanics down on both sides, add them together! Start smoothly 2 Stepping from side to side while leaning your torso and bringing the opposite arm up for each step.

All done!

As you begin practicing this move at full peed, try to put your entire body motion into it and go full out.

You can also try out the California/Jerking version of this move where you'll do smaller foot taps rather than a full-on 2 Step.

Use the video above as a reference and challenge yourself to try both versions back to back!

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