The Dab Dance

February 3rd, 2016 | Uncategorized

For those sport fanatics, you may have notice professional athletes or student athletes, put their forehead on their elbow after scoring a goal, basket, or touchdown. Well I’m here to tell you that they are not covering a sneeze, they are doing the “dab” dance. Originating from the U.S., specifically from the hip hop music industry, it has become very popular among athletes. Big time players like, LeBron James or Cam Newton, have definitely done this celebratory dance.


Some fans may dislike it as it may be perceived as a show-boating antic but I’m obsessed with this new hip dance and find it hilarious. What’s sport without a little fun? Now coming from a coaching view, I wouldn’t want players to perform this act in the middle of a play as celebrations can easily cost you a goal for the other opponent if one is too busy dabbing. However, if the whistle blows or the clock stops I’m ALL for it…it’s good “craic”.


Getting picked up on Saturday morning  to go mini ball with the Wildkittens, all I could think about is showing the young girls I coach this infamous dance. Laughing constantly at myself at the thought of their reaction to such child play, I was even more thrilled to teach them. My community partner, Jillian, was confused by the foolery and completely lost with what I was referring to.


So when all of the girls walked into mini ball training, I took a quick few minutes to show them videos of professional athletes doing this “dab” dance. Very few of them heard of the “dab” but most of them didn’t understand the point of these athletes doing such a ridiculous dance. Watching the videos they discovered that even professional athletes can have fun while playing the sport they love!!


In the end, I convinced all of the girls to join me in a massive picture doing the “dab” informing them of some American sport culture. All of us laughing, I think they understood the purpose of doing the dab after the picture was taken. Later on, some of the girls on my U12 team started doing the “dab” dance once they scored in our game, cracking up at themselves.


Moral of the story: the greatest athletes in the world know how to keep sport fun and you should too! 


Victory Scholar: Jazmen Boone

Present University: Waterford IT

US League: CAA

Club/Community Partner: Waterford Wildcats

Alma Mater: The College of William and Mary

Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland

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