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GenreStreet dance
OriginUnited States

Finger-tutting is a type of dance that involves intricate movements of the fingers.[1][2] The word "tutting" is a street dance style based on angular movements which are supposed to stylize the poses seen on reliefs in the art of ancient Egypt, and refers to "King Tut".[3]

Popularity of this dance style increased after Jay Gutierrez or "Jsmooth" revealed his innovated style of finger-tutting in the credits of Step Up 3D, released August 6th, 2010.[4][5]

Finger-tutting received international attention after dancer/choreographer Julian "JayFunk" Daniels performed in a viral Samsung commercial entitled "Unleash Your Fingers".[6] Later, the dance group, Finger Circus, pushed the art-form worldwide through commercials,[7] YouTube videos, and community-building.

Finger tutting received further international attention after practitioner John Hunt (aka Pnut) made a viral video entitled "Greasy Fingers".[1] Later, Hunt was featured prominently in the video for the Taylor Swift song "Shake It Off".

More recently, Finger-tutting has been featured in the Syfy show The Magicians and the Marvel Studios film Doctor Strange as one of the ways in which characters can cast various spells. JayFunk helped with the Finger-tutting in the latter one.[8]

Finger-tutting is still popular outside of the entertainment industry. The flexibility and mobility of one's fingers give this dance style incredible variation and make each dancer's style unique. The style continues to expand and develop with each new practitioner.


  1. ^ a b NBC Bay Area Staff (Jan 1, 2014). "Vallejo Man's Finger Dancing Video Goes Viral". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  2. ^ Matthews, Cate (January 8, 2014). "They Call Him The 'King Of Fingers' -- And He Is, He Really Is (VIDEO)". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  3. ^ YouTube
  4. ^ ProDance
  5. ^ IMDB
  6. ^ "The Most Viral Mobile Phone Ad Of All Time Is ... French?". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  7. ^ Moviecollectionjp (2016-10-19), P-Nutの達人フィンガータット・パフォーマンス公開/バンドエイド『Dancing BAND AID(踊るバンドエイド)』CM, retrieved 2016-10-23
  8. ^ Marvel Entertainment (October 20, 2016). Benedict Cumberbatch on Donning the Red Cloak at Marvel's Doctor Strange Red Carpet Premiere. YouTube. Event occurs at 3:05. Retrieved October 23, 2016.