A history of Cam Newton and the ‘Dab’
Back in October, Cam Newton sparked a nationwide dance craze by hitting the ‘Dab’ to celebrate first downs and touchdowns. Though the dance was created by rap group Migos, and first introduced to the NFL by Bengals running back Jeremy Hill, Newton is widely credited for making the dance popular. With his love for the move, excellence in football, and national audience, Newton was the perfect candidate to take the ‘Dab’ and launch the nation into a frenzy.
While the ‘Dab’ was created in the summer, and Cam debuted it in October, the movement is still going strong today. He’ll likely dab more than once in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Here’s a brief timeline of Cam Newton and the ‘Dab.’
Oct. 18, 2015 – First recorded in-game dab
Nov. 15, 2015 – Dab and scuffle with the Titans
Newton dances for eight seconds after a late touchdown against the Titans. When two Titans players confront him about the celebration, he continues to dance in their faces, even as he backs away. This was highly controversial.
After the game, he explains that he does the dance because his 16-year-old brother once urged him to.
Nov. 17, 2015 – Mother writes letter about Newton’s dab
Tennesee Titans fan Rosemary Plorin, who was at the game with her 9-year-old daughter, writes a letter to Newton about his dab that is obtained by The Charlotte Observer.
“I don’t know about your family life Mr. Newton, but I think I’m safe in saying thousands of kids watch you every week,” she says. “You have amazing talent and an incredible platform to be a role model for them. Unfortunately, what you modeled for them today was egotism, arrogance and poor sportsmanship.”
Nov. 27, 2015 – Dab courtside at the Hornets game
Dec. 13, 2015 – Team dab
All of the Panthers catch on to the ‘Dab’ in December. Well, everyone except for Greg Olsen.
Back in October, Cam Newton sparked a nationwide dance craze by hitting the ‘Dab’ to celebrate first downs and touchdowns. Though the dance was created by rap
What is dabbing and where did it come from? Where did Tom Watson learn the move?
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Since Labour’s Tom Watson dabbed in the House of Commons, people have been reminded of the dance craze that swept the world a little while ago.
But where did dabbing come from, and which celebrities have done the dab?
Who started the craze?
It’s thought that the trend began in Atlanta, on the rap and hip hop scene.
American rapper Bow Wow said the dance came from the cannabis dabbers community, which started long before the trend began in 2012.
This was met with disagreement from Atlanta artists – but either way, the dab was made popular once it started featuring in music videos.
Before too long, American football player Cam Newton picked it up, and thanks to the Carolina Panthers quarterback, the dance is now a household name.
Why is it linked to smoking cannabis?
The concept of dabbing is also a term used to refer to smoking butane hash oil and taking out 90% of the primary ingredient in marijuana, THC.
Many have said that the move symbolises sneezing – a common occurrence for people who have smoked a lot of cannabis.
To dab, all you need to do is point an arm upwards towards the sky, while ducking your head into your other arm.
If that sounds confusing, here’s a step by step guide to dabbing.
- Lift out your arms so they’re at your sides.
- Raise both arms up, so they’re going straight out from your shoulders.
- Bend an arm towards your body, as if you’re getting ready to sneeze on your sleeve.
- Keep your other arm straight.
- Duck your head in towards the bent arm and touch your forehead into your elbow area – as if you’re sneezing into your sleeve, or dabbing sweat off your face.
- Don’t forget to keep that other arm straight.
- After bringing your head in towards your elbow, do a quick head bang movement. Or two, if you’re feeling decadent.
- Bump your head forwards, towards your elbow.
- You now have the freedom to either repeat the dab multiple times on one side, or switch sides.
Which celebrities have dabbed?
After Jeremy Corbyn criticised Theresa May about the NHS, Tom Watson dabbed as Mr Corbyn sat down next to him.
But which other famous faces have done it in the past?
LeBron James dabbed before a basketball match with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tom Hanks did the dab dance with his son Chet.
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Hillary Clinton learned how to dab on The Ellen DeGeneres show.
Prince Harry did the move after being encouraged to during a visit to Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University.
Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard celebrated a goal for Manchester United by doing the double dab.
Since Labour’s Tom Watson dabbed in the House of Commons, people have been reminded of the dance craze that swept the world a little while ago. But where did dabbing…