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Dougie dance
University student performs the Dougie during a talent show

The Dougie (/ˈdʌɡi/ DUG-ee) is an African-American hip hop dance generally performed by moving one's body in a shimmy style and passing a hand through or near the hair on one's own head.[1]

The dance originated in Dallas, Texas,[2][3] where it took its name from similar moves performed by 1980s rapper Doug E. Fresh.[1][4][5] The Dougie gained notoriety through rapper Lil' Wil, whose song "My Dougie", released in late 2007, became a local hit. Then, a person called C-Smoove in Southern California[4] taught the future members of Cali Swag District how to do the dance.[4][6] Cali Swag District recorded the song "Teach Me How to Dougie" and filmed the music video in Inglewood, California, during the summer of 2009.[4][5] Subsequently, the video along with the dance became popular on YouTube.[4]

External video
video icon Cali Swag District teaches you how to Dougie (Dance Lesson) posted on Aug 26, 2010

Montae Ray Talbert, known as "M-Bone" of Cali Swag District, was killed in his car by an unidentified gunman.[5] According to the Cali Swag District spokesman, Greg Miller, "He was the best at doing the dance, and on tour he was always the one in the forefront … He helped bring it to the masses."[5] At the funeral, mourners did the dance for a tribute video, and Talbert's grandmother did it as part of her eulogy.[5]

In late 2010 and throughout 2011, the Dougie was performed by a number of athletes and celebrities, including Chris Brown, Henri Lansbury, Reggie Bush,[4] Dez Bryant,[4] DeMarcus Cousins and Hassan Whiteside,[4] Glen "Big Baby" Davis,[1] Nate Robinson,[4] John Wall,[1][7] Braylon Edwards, Gaël Monfils[1][8] Wolf Blitzer,[5][9] Kate Upton,[10][11][12] and Michelle Obama.[13] In 2012, gymnast Gabby Douglas performed the Dougie upon winning the U.S. Olympic trials[14] and 2012 Summer Olympics U.S. gymnastics team gold and vault silver-medalist McKayla Maroney taught Jenna Hager, daughter of former President of the United States George W. Bush, how to do the Dougie while the gymnastics team was touring London on top of a doubledecker bus.[15] Even rugby union players have been seen doing their own version of the Dougie with Juan de Jongh, Julian Savea, Lelia Masaga and other notable players, whose athletic deeds can be watched on YouTube.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Ben Cohen (November 13, 2010). "What's the Latest Move in Sports? Doing the 'Dougie'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  2. ^ Giselle Phelps (August 19, 2010). "The Dougie: A Dallas Dance Craze!". The 33 News. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  3. ^ Koslow, Jessica A. (October 25, 2011). "Know Your L.A. Hip-Hop Dances: The Controversial Origin Story of The Dougie". Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "2010 proving to be year of the 'Dougie'". ESPN. August 16, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Claire Martin (June 29, 2011). "The Man Who Did the Dougie: Who Killed M-Bone?". Time. Archived from the original on July 3, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  6. ^ Alexis, Nadeska (June 1, 2010). "Cali Swag District Bring the Party Back to Inglewood". Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Lisa Rotter (November 2, 2010). "John Wall Will Teach You How To Dougie". Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  8. ^ Chase, Chris. "Video: One year too late, Monfils teaches tennis how to Dougie - Busted Racquet - Tennis Blog - Yahoo! Sports". Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  9. ^ Mirkinson, Jack (November 12, 2010). "Wolf Blitzer Does The 'Dougie' At Soul Train Awards (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  10. ^ Rovell, Darren (April 12, 2011). "Catching Up With Model Kate Upton". Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  11. ^ "Kate Upton Does The Dougie At A Clippers Game" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, Total Pro Sports, accessed June 16, 2011.
  12. ^ Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model, Does 'The Dougie', Huffington Post, 5 April 2011.
  13. ^ Carissa DiMargo (May 4, 2011). "Michelle Obama Does the Dougie". NBC Washington. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  14. ^ "WATCH: Olympic trials gymnastics winner Gabby Douglas does the Dougie". 89 WLS. July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "WATCH: McKayla Maroney teaches Jenna Bush how to Dougie". Z 100 New York. August 9, 2012. Archived from the original on March 16, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2012.