The Algorithm March is a dance fad created in Japan, based on the children's television series PythagoraSwitch which was broadcast on the educational channel of NHK, a Japanese non-profit public broadcasting service. It is performed by the comedy group Itsumo Kokokara with variable groups (it differs at each air) such as firefighters, soccer players, Yasugi-bushi preservation society, Vienna Boys' Choir, Blue Man Group, ninja and so on.
The basic steps are as follows, repeating as necessary:
- Bend knees, reach out straight with hands
- Lean back with arms akimbo ("big shot")
- Turn around, bow
- Face right, right hand horizon sweep
- Bend knees, breast stroke
- Bend down and pretend to pick up a chestnut from the ground
- Shake arms downwards (like you are pumping a bicycle tire)
- Flap arms as though being inflated by a pump
- Algorithm March lyrics, in English and Japanese (Romaji). Note: this transcription contains some mistakes. For instance "susande" should be "susunde" (進んで）, a conjugated form of "susumu" (進む）which means to advance or move forward.
- PythagoraSwitch official page (Japanese)
- Official CD from Warner Music Japan (Japanese)
- The CPDRC Dancing Inmates perform the Algorithm March