Judson Laipply

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Judson Laipply
Laipply at Blog World Expo 2008
Born (1976-03-22) March 22, 1976 (age 48)[1]
Ohio, U.S.
Years active2006–present
Known forComedy dancing
Notable work
  • Evolution of Dance (video)[2]
  • Evolution of Dance 2 (video)[3]
  • Might as Well Dance (book)[4]

Judson Laipply (/ˈlpli/ LYPE-lee; born March 22, 1976) is an American internet celebrity from Bucyrus, Ohio.[5] He served as the state president of The Ohio Association of Student Councils from 1993 to 1994. He is best known for his performance in the "Evolution of Dance" viral video clip, which became one of the most famous YouTube videos ever.[6] He has worked as a public speaker since 2000.[7]

"Evolution of Dance"[edit]

In 2003, Laipply originally performed "Evolution of Dance", at which time it consisted of 12 popular dance songs of the late 20th century. In the video, he is seen performing various dance moves on stage with a spot light pointing at him and sounds of audience cheering and clapping in the background. Four years later, he uploaded a video of the six-minute performance to YouTube, which updated the routine's song selection. The clip received 70 million views in under 8 months.[8] At that time, it was rated on YouTube as:

  • #1 Most Viewed All Time Video on YouTube.com[9]
  • #1 Top Rated Video on YouTube.com[9]
  • #3 Most Discussed Video on YouTube.com[9]

It has since been surpassed by other videos.

Songs in "Evolution of Dance"[edit]

Song[10] Artist/Work Duration     Released
"Hound Dog" Elvis Presley 0:00–0:14 1956
"The Twist" Chubby Checker 0:14–0:31 1960
"Stayin' Alive" Bee Gees 0:31–0:38 1977
"Y.M.C.A." The Village People 0:38–0:56 1978
"Kung Fu Fighting" Carl Douglas 0:56–1:03 1974
"Keep On" The Brady Bunch 1:03–1:17 1974
"Greased Lightnin'" John Travolta 1:17–1:28 1978
"You Shook Me All Night Long" AC/DC 1:28–1:42 1980
"Billie Jean" Michael Jackson 1:42–1:49 1983
"Thriller" Michael Jackson 1:50–1:58 1983
"Oompa Loompa" Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1:58–2:04 1971
"Mr. Roboto" Styx 2:04–2:14 1983
"Break Dance (Electric Boogie) Trip Theory Mix" West Street Mob 2:14–2:28 1983
"Walk Like an Egyptian" The Bangles 2:28–2:36 1986
"Chicken Dance" Bob Kames 2:36–2:42 1982
"Mony Mony" Billy Idol 2:42–2:57 1981
"Ice Ice Baby" Vanilla Ice 2:57–3:11 1990
"U Can't Touch This" MC Hammer 3:12–3:42 1990
"Love Shack" The B-52's 3:42–3:46 1989
"Apache (Jump on it)" Sugarhill Gang 3:46–4:03 1981
"Jump Around" House of Pain 4:03–4:15 1992
"Baby Got Back" Sir Mix-A-Lot 4:15–4:22 1992
"Tubthumping" Chumbawamba 4:22–4:32 1997
"What Is Love" Haddaway 4:32–4:40 1993
"Cotton-Eyed Joe" Rednex 4:40–5:01 1994
"Macarena" Los Del Rio 5:01–5:06 1995
"Bye Bye Bye" 'N Sync 5:06–5:29 2000
"Lose Yourself" Eminem 5:29–5:33 2002
"Hey Ya!" Outkast 5:33–5:39 2003
"Dirt off Your Shoulder" Jay-Z 5:39–5:49 2004
"Ice Ice Baby"
(Lyrics played: Yo, let's get out of here! Word to your mother)
Vanilla Ice 5:49–5:52 1990
"Bye Bye Bye"
(Lyrics played: Bye, bye, bye)
'N Sync 5:52–6:00 2000

"Evolution of Dance 2"[edit]

The "Evolution of Dance 2" video, the sequel to the video sensation "Evolution of Dance" was released on December 17, 2008, as part of a national viral marketing campaign.[3]

Song[11] Artist/Work Duration     Released
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" James Brown 0:10–0:30 1965
"My Girl" The Temptations 0:30–0:39 1964
"Proud Mary" Ike & Tina Turner 0:39–0:50 1971
"The Hustle" Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony 0:50–0:55 1975
"Hokey Pokey" Ray Anthony 0:55–1:09 1950
"Shout" The Isley Brothers 1:09–1:20 1959
"Tequila" The Champs 1:21–1:30 1958
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" The Proclaimers 1:31–1:38 1988
"Pump Up the Jam" Technotronic 1:38–1:56 1989
"I'm Too Sexy" Right Said Fred 1:56–2:11 1992
"Electric Boogie" Marcia Griffiths 2:11–2:31 1989
"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" En Vogue 2:31–2:42 1992
"Tootsee Roll" 69 Boyz 2:43–2:56 1994
"Cha Cha Slide" DJ Casper 2:57–3:16 2000
"Lean Back" Terror Squad 3.16–3.23 2004
"Here It Goes Again" OK Go 3:23–3:32 2006
"London Bridge" Fergie 3:32–3:42 2006
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" Soulja Boy 3:42–4:00 2007
(Lyrics played: "Now, wait a minute")
The Isley Brothers 4:00–4:02 1959
"I'm Too Sexy"
(Lyrics played: "I'm too sexy for this song")
Right Said Fred 4:02–4:05 1992

"Evolution of Dance 3"[edit]

This was announced by Judson on June 16, 2010;[12] he stated that it was in its early stages and that it was too early to give any details. In a YouTube comment he claimed he was trying to incorporate much older music and possibly include a second dancer. It was uploaded in April 2016, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of "Evolution of Dance".[13]

Song Artist/Work Duration     Released
"Johnny B. Goode" Chuck Berry 0:05–0:13 1958
"Time Warp" The Rocky Horror Picture Show 0:14–0:36 1975
"Born to Hand Jive" Sha Na Na 0:36–0:56 1978
"Beat It" Michael Jackson 0:56-1:13 1983
"Sweet Child O' Mine" Guns N' Roses 1:13-1:30 1988
"Vogue" Madonna 1:30–1:38 1990
"Hanging Tough" New Kids on the Block 1:38–1:48 1988
"Rollin'" Limp Bizkit 1:48–2:04 2000
"It's Not Unusual" Tom Jones 2:04-2:20 1965
"Peanut Butter Jelly Time" Chip-Man & The Buckwheat Boyz 2:20-2:31 2005
"Hips Don't Lie" Shakira 2:31–2:41 2006
"Cupid Shuffle" Cupid 2:41-2:54 2007
"Wobble" V.I.C. 2:54-3:13 2008
"Stanky Legg" GS Boyz 3:13-3:19 2008
"Single Ladies" Beyoncé 3:19-3:31 2008
"Moving Like Berney" ISA 3:31-3:38 2010
"Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO 3:38-3:43 2011
"I'm Sexy and I Know It" LMFAO 3:43-3:48 2011
"Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen 3:48-3:55 2011
"Gangnam Style" PSY 3:55-4:06 2012
"Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus 4:06-4:22 2013
"Watch Me" Silento 4:22-4:29 2015
"Hit the Quan" ILoveMemphis 4:29-4:37 2015
"Hotline Bling" Drake 4:37-4:52 2015
"So Long, Farewell" The Sound of Music 4:52-5:04 1965

Popular culture[edit]

In December 2007, Judson appeared in an advert on the BBC for the 'dance season' during the Christmas Holidays.[14] "Evolution of Dance" was #1 on the show Rude Tube hosted by Alex Zane and Laipply was interviewed on the show.[citation needed] Judson was also featured in the music video for Weezer's song "Pork and Beans" along with several other Internet celebrities.

In February 2010, the video was used as a question reference on the game show Jeopardy! in the 2010 college championships. In "The Delivery" episode of The Office, Andy Bernard does the dance sans music as a way to distract Pam from her contractions. In 2011, Judson also appeared on Tosh.0, hosted by Daniel Tosh. The video has been parodied numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon through variations such as "Evolution of Mom Dancing" (guest-starring Michelle Obama)[15] or "Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing" (guest-starring Will Smith)[16] among others.

He did another video, called "The Evolution of the Touchdown Dance", which included memorable NFL touchdown dances, like "The Ickey Shuffle", Joe Horn's cell phone celebration, and famous celebrations from Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.[17]

In December 2015, he appeared in YouTube's annual YouTube Rewind.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "You are being redirected". Profileengine.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Evolution of Dance". YouTube. April 6, 2006. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  3. ^ a b "Evolution of Dance 2". YouTube. January 9, 2009. Archived from the original on December 4, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "Might as Well this coherently related to ⟨⟩ Dance Book - Judson Laipply's Store". Mightaswelldance.com. Archived from the original on 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  5. ^ Smith, Ryan E. (July 30, 2006). "Dance, dance: YouTube.com makes Ohioan a major video star". The Toledo Blade. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  6. ^ Kirsner, Scott (July 30, 2006). "Low-budget viral videos attract TV-sized audiences". Boston Globe.
  7. ^ "Bluffton University To Recognize Outstanding Alumni With Awards". News Release. Bluffton University. September 27, 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007.
  8. ^ "Judson Laipply: Biography". mightaswelldance. MightAsWellDance.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  9. ^ a b c "Evolution of Dance - with Jud Laipply". theevolutionofdance. 2010-03-06. Archived from the original on 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  10. ^ "The Songs". theevolutionofdance. TheEvolutionOfDance.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2010.
  11. ^ "Songs Featured in "Evolution of Dance 2"". peoplejam. PeopleJam.com. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010.
  12. ^ "News from Judson and EOD3?". YouTube. June 16, 2010. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  13. ^ Heldman, Breanne. "'Evolution of Dance' turns 10: Celebrate with a third installment". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Judson Laipply - BBC4 Advertisement". YouTube. YouTube.com. December 14, 2007. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  15. ^ "Evolution of Mom Dancing Part 2 (w/Jimmy Fallon & Michelle Obama)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14 – via www.youtube.com.
  16. ^ "Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Will Smith)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2014-02-18 – via www.youtube.com.
  17. ^ Talty, John (25 July 2011). "ESPN Releases 'Evolution of the Touchdown Dance' (VIDEO)". International Business Times. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  18. ^ Chang, Miranda (29 December 2015). "Now watch me 2015: #YouTubeRewind 2015 reminds us of memorable memes and moments". HS Insider.

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