- Months after the Renegade dance began ruling TikTok, the teen dancer behind the viral moves has finally been recognised for creating it
- The recognition is important because the dance reigned over the internet without any mainstream credit to Harmon
- Celebrities like Lizzo and Kourtney Kardashian shared themselves dancing the viral moves without a mention of the young dancer
- The dance became famous on TikTok largely after one of the most popular people on the platform shared a video of herself dancing to Harmon's moves
- The dance was largely associated with the influencer until reports showed who was actually responsible for it
Renegade is so far the biggest dance in the world right now and If you are not on TikTok, you would be forgiven for not knowing what the Renegade even is.
YouTuber David Dobrik, Kourtney Kardashian and her son have all done the Renegade together but sadly known of them acknowledged the choreographer behind the viral dance.
In short, it is a quick, multiple-step dance that incorporates popular moves like the woah, the wave, and the dab to the song Lottery by Atlanta rapper K-Camp.
Seemingly, everyone has done the Renegade on TikTok — except for the girl who invented it.
Fourteen-year-old Jalaiah Harmon from Atlanta is behind the dance that went viral after she posted an Instagram video of herself and her friend performing the moves in September 2019.
A dancer with more than 27 million followers identified on Instagram as Charlie D'Amelio brought it to TikTok in October, but never credited the two who made it a viral phenomenon.
When Harmon tried to receive credit by posting in comments of viral videos where the dance was featured, she was mostly either mocked or ignored.
"I was happy when I saw my dance all over, but I wanted credit for it. I think I could have gotten money for it, promos for it, I could have got famous off it," she told New York Times.
"I could have got noticed. I don't think any of that stuff has happened for me because no one knows I made the dance," she added
Harmon is a dancer that takes professional classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, tumbling and tap at a dance studio in Atlanta.
In her free time, she is creating a career online, studies viral dances, collaborates with her peers and creates original choreography to post online.
The Renegade is just one of the dozens of viral internet dances whose choreographers have gone largely unacknowledged as they take over the world.
On TikTok, where dancing in front of a camera has become a de facto language for everyone, from celebrities to regular teens in their bedrooms, it is a particularly timely subject.
One of the most perennial questions of the past decade on social media — who owns a viral dance? — has since resurfaced on a platform where dancing has the potential to make you a millionaire.
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