Judson Laipply

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Judson Laipply
Judson Laipply.jpg
Laipply at Blog World Expo 2008
Born (1976-03-22) March 22, 1976 (age 39)[1]
Ohio, United States
Residence Lakewood, Ohio[2]
Nationality American
Other names Jud Laipply
Years active 2006–present
Known for Motivational speaking, Comedy, Dance
Notable work
  • Evolution of Dance (video)[3]
  • Evolution of Dance 2 (video)[4]
  • Might as Well Dance (book)[5]
Website MightAsWellDance.com

Judson Laipply (born March 22, 1976) is an American motivational speaker and dancer from Bucyrus, Ohio.[6] 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.[7] He has worked as a public speaker since 2000.[2]

The Evolution of Dance[edit]

Laipply first performed "The Evolution of Dance" in 2001, at which time it consisted of 12 popular dance songs during the late 20th century. In 2006, he uploaded a video of the six-minute performance to YouTube. 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, the current most viewed video of all time on YouTube being "Gangnam Style" by PSY.[10]

Songs in Evolution of Dance[edit]

Song[11] Artist/Work Duration     Released
"Hound Dog" Elvis Presley 0:00–0:14 1956
"The Twist" Chubby Checker 0:14–0:31 1960
"Stayin' Alive" The 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 1996
"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 was released in January 2009.[4]

Song[12] 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.[13] 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. In a talk given at TASC (April 2) he displayed his new dance. It contains new tracks such as LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" and "Party Rock Anthem" as well as other dances such as the "Stanky Legg" by GS Boyz.

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. 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 pregnancy distraction for Pam. In 2011 Judson also appeared on Tosh.0, hosted by Daniel Tosh.

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.[citation needed]

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


  1. ^ http://profileengine.com/groups/profile/432849350/judson-laipply
  2. ^ a b "Bluffton University To Recognize Outstanding Alumni With Awards". News Release. Bluffton University. September 27, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Evolution of Dance". YouTube. April 6, 2006. 
  4. ^ a b "Evolution of Dance 2". YouTube. January 9, 2009. 
  5. ^ Might as Well Dance Book - Judson Laipply's Store
  6. ^ Smith, Ryan E. (July 30, 2006). "Dance, dance: YouTube.com makes Ohioan a major video star". The Toledo Blade. 
  7. ^ Kirsner, Scott (July 30, 2006). "Low-budget viral videos attract TV-sized audiences". Boston Globe. 
  8. ^ "Judson Laipply: Biography". MightAsWellDance.com. 
  9. ^ a b c https://web.archive.org/web/20100306015927/http://www.theevolutionofdance.com/video.html
  10. ^ Chmielewski, Dawn C. (December 17, 2012). "'Gangnam Style' is YouTube's all-time most-viewed video". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Songs". TheEvolutionOfDance.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Songs Featured in "Evolution of Dance 2"". PeopleJam.com. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. 
  13. ^ "News from Judson and EOD3?". YouTube. June 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Judson Laipply - BBC4 Advertisement". YouTube.com. December 14, 2007. 

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