Silver’s moves bring a tension, as Aida Amoako explained in The Atlantic, to the video that everyone watching it has struggled with: do you bop along to the dancing children or are you frozen in horror to everything happening around Glover and his troupe of dancers? Silver goes further by almost recreating the various viral youtube videos of African children breaking down the latest dance moves in dusty backgrounds.

Silver was specifically instructed to include the South African dance the gwara gwara, which went from viral hit to Grammy stage thanks to Rihanna. Silver, who left Rwanda as a toddler in 1999 and travels there often, also brought in influences from around Africa.

There are gyrations from Angola, Ghana’s alkayida and an exaggerated walk in which you “imagine you’re walking into a party,” which she borrowed from Côte d’Ivoire. When you see Glover’s hips twist from side, his hands grasping wide, it’s the Azonto, also from Ghana. When his legs twist over each other as he steps forward, and his upper body seems to be falling around the screen, that’s the Shoki from Nigeria.

She also created her own dance, the “nziza” (meaning good in Kinyarwanda) in which you shake your shoulders and pause to pick something up. There are also nods to urban America with the nae nae and BlocBoy JB’s “shoot” dance. This week, Silver released a step-by-step tutorial of some of the dance moves.

These are not dances with deep spiritual meanings, but rather they’re the most prolific forms of creative expression for young Africans right now. That has since evolved into a professionalization of these dances, as tutorial videos crop up on these very dances and professional choreographers increasingly incorporate them.

Silver, whose philanthropy in Rwanda focuses on children, was brought in because of her ability to work with young dancers. Interestingly, Glover’s team discovered her when one of their nieces was trying to learn Silver’s moves through her Youtube videos.

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