The Spongebob was originally created in the 90’s as a Baltimore club dance. Baltimore club music was known for it’s fast-paced music so that’s why the dance is so bouncy and quick.
The Spongebob became even more popular amongst dancers in 2010 during the Jerking era.
What’s funny is that the name has nothing to do with the cartoon SpongeBob! The final name for the move emerged on the streets of Baltimore, but the cartoon wasn't a cited inspiration for the move when it first appeared in clubs.
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How to do the Spongebob
Put on a song with a fast-paced beat and let's get started! For this dance you need to be on your toes as much as possible, so the first thing to practice is bouncing on your toes. Start slow, then pick up the pace to bounce along with the beat.
Next, let’s add a jump. Make a slight jump to the left (no big jump needed) by pushing off of your left leg and at the same time, kick out your right leg. Imagine you're jumping away from your center spot.
To finish the Spongebob motion, tuck your right foot behind you and at the same time, use your left leg to jump back to the center, landing only on your left leg.
From this position, push off of your left leg and jump onto your right leg. As you do so, bring your left leg out to the side. Then, return to center by hopping your right foot to center and tucking your left leg behind you, just like you had done on the other side.
Repeat this motion going from side to side slowly. Jump left and land on your left foot, jump center and land on your left foot, jump right and land on your right foot, jump center and land on your right foot. As you lock in the mechanics, work your way up to full tempo.
You will probably feel a little burn in your legs and calves ‘cause the pace is challenging, but keep it up.
Once you get that little bounce down, you should be solid to get into the flow and feel of doing the Spongebob. If you wanna learn more moves, check these posts out next: