Worm (dance move)

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The Worm is a dance motion associated with breakdancing and "funk" subculture, also referred to as the caterpillar or the dolphin, or also erroneously the snake or the wave (names of other breakdance moves). In this move a subject lies prone position and forms a rippling motion through their body, creating a wave reminiscent of earthworm locomotion.[1] This can be done either forward or backwards, by shifting weight from the upper body to the lower body (backwards) or vice versa for forwards. The motion begins by pushing off from the ground with one's hands to start a ripple.[2]

The worm was performed at shows in the 1970s and was popularized widely during the 1980s "funk" period, and continues to be associated with breakdancing.

The move has been used and popularized by WWE wrestler "Scotty 2 Hotty" as his finisher maneuver.


  1. ^ Westbrook, Alonzo (October 15, 2002). Hip Hoptionary: The Dictionary of Hip Hop Terminology. Crown/Archetype. p. 154.
  2. ^ Bejarano, Cynthia J. (September 1, 2007). Qué Onda?: Urban Youth Culture and Border Identity. University of Arizona Press. p. 64.