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How to Dance Like a Monkey: Tips and Tricks from Tones and I

Dance Monkey: The Global Hit That Made Us All Dance

If you have been listening to the radio, watching TV, or browsing the internet in the past year, chances are you have heard of Dance Monkey, the catchy electropop song that has taken the world by storm. But what is the story behind this viral hit? Who is the singer behind the distinctive voice? And how can you learn to dance like a monkey yourself? In this article, we will answer all these questions and more.

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What is Dance Monkey and who is Tones and I?

Dance Monkey is a song by Australian singer-songwriter Tones and I, released in May 2019 as the second single from her debut EP The Kids Are Coming. The song was produced and mixed by Konstantin Kersting.

Tones and I, whose real name is Toni Watson, is a 28-year-old artist from Melbourne, Australia. She started her music career as a busker, performing on the streets of Byron Bay. She gained popularity online after uploading her songs to YouTube and Spotify. She signed with Bad Batch Records in 2019 and released her first single Johnny Run Away in March 2019.

The meaning and message of Dance Monkey

Dance Monkey is a metaphor for someone that is being forced to do something, either actively or passively without realizing it. The term "Topeng Monyet" means Dancing Macaque or essentially, dancing monkey, and refers to the macaque monkey that is often stolen from its mother and forced to dance in the streets of Indonesia.

Dance Monkey can also refer to someone who does your bidding, a puppet or lackey. Tones and I explained to Billboard that she wrote the song based on her experiences as a busker, feeling pressured to entertain people constantly. She said: "It's a song about a moment where I felt frustrated about how people had no patience anymore. [] If you replace the word 'dance' with 'sing,' it's pretty self-explanatory. I've literally turned quotes that people say to me into lyrics they're all very real."

The success and impact of Dance Monkey

Dance Monkey has topped the official singles charts in over 30 countries and peaked within the top ten of many others, including the United States. The song broke the record for the most weeks at number one on the Australian singles chart at 24 non-consecutive weeks. It also broke the record for the most weeks spent at the top of the UK Singles Chart by a female artist with 11 weeks at the top. When it hit number four in the US, it became the first top-five hit solely written by a woman in over eight years.

On Spotify, as of June 2023, the song was the most streamed by a female artist and the third-most overall, with over 2.8 billion streams. The song has received a number of awards. It won Best Pop Release at the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, Song of the Year at the APRA Music Awards of 2020 and Independent Song of the Year at the AIR Awards of 2020. It was also the Grand Prize winner of the 2019 International Songwriting Competition.

How to dance like a monkey: tips and tricks

If you want to join the millions of people who have been inspired by Dance Monkey to bust some moves on the dance floor, here are some nodding and smiling. The rhythm of the song is upbeat and catchy, so you can easily follow the beat and groove along.

Add some flair and personality

The second step to dancing like a monkey is to add some flair and personality to your moves. You can do this by adding some variations and improvisations to the basic moves. For example, you can spin around, jump, clap, or snap your fingers. You can also mimic some monkey gestures, such as scratching your head, making faces, or swinging your arms.

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The key is to be creative and expressive. You can also match your moves to the lyrics of the song. For example, when the chorus says "dance for me, dance for me, dance for me, oh oh oh", you can point at someone or yourself and invite them to join you. Or when the verse says "they say move for me, move for me, move for me, ay ay ay", you can shake your body and show off your moves.

Have fun and enjoy yourself