What is This Dance and Why is it Called the Squirrel Dance?
So, what is this dance and why is it called the squirrel dance? Well, it’s a fun dance, and I think everyone will love it! Mary J. Blige was recently on TV doing the squirrel dance during the Super Bowl, as part of her postgame performance. Then, Ray Lewis came on and taught her the squirrel dance during a power outage. It was during this time that the dance earned its name.
The “squirrel dance” is a signature move of Baltimore Ravens defensive end Ray Lewis. It’s performed at the team’s post-Super Bowl XLVII celebration party, where Mary J. Blige performed it. The iconic move has now been immortalized in a statue by Ray Lewis. But what inspired Lewis to debut it in the first place? A few reasons. The most obvious one is that it was one of the last times Ray Lewis played on the Maryland turf.
Although he’ll be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Lewis’ career has been filled with highs and lows. He’s had legal problems over the years, as he was arrested during a post-Super Bowl party in Atlanta. The party turned violent, and two men were stabbed to death. Lewis was charged with the murders, but pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and testified against his codefendants. The incident left Lewis with a tarnished reputation and the NFL’s most infamous player introduction.
After winning the NFC Wild Card game against the Cardinals, Cam Newton performed “The Squirrel Dance” in celebration. The dance was made famous by Ray Lewis. Cam Newton wasn’t the first NFL player to try it, though. Carolina Panthers quarterback Steve Young tried it earlier this season and failed miserably. So, what is the truth behind Cam Newton’s squirrel dance? There’s no way Newton is a bad role model, but his behavior is questionable.
It was not the first time Newton dabbed on the field. The Atlanta native has been dabbling all season long. In fact, he’s even gotten some attention for breaking out the dance in public. The “dab” became very popular during the summer and even some Redskins writers have been breaking out in it. Apparently, the locker room didn’t mind Newton’s celebration. It’s possible he learned the dance from his brother and hasn’t stopped since.
Mary J. Blige
After the Ravens won the Super Bowl, Ray Lewis and Mary J. Blige celebrated with the team by dancing the squirrel dance. Ray taught the dance to Mary J. Blige, who then performed it with her at the team’s postgame party. Ray Lewis, an NFL player who is retiring, was among the other guests at the party. The Ravens’ owners, Steve Biscotti and David Tepper, spent more than $2 million to celebrate the win.
The singer and her dance partner Ray Benson performed together at a Ravens post-Super Bowl XLVII party, and fans snapped pictures. The dance is composed of 26 movements, including the clap, step, and bird flap. In addition, Blige also performed the squirrel dance during her appearance at the Ravens’ postgame party. She was also joined by Jay-Z, who appeared at Justin Timberlake’s DirecTV party on Saturday.
Cam Newton’s Squirrel costume
Fans are ribbing Cam Newton for his squirrel costume, and they’re probably right. After all, the quarterback has been without a job since Aug. 31, when the New England Patriots passed him over for the starting job. Newton has been known to sport colorful costumes throughout his career, and he has been no exception. He posted pictures and videos of his game-day outfit on his Instagram account, and one of them even included a video of his awkward situation.
The first detail that stands out about Newton’s December 2016 look is his hat. This hat, with its yellow and red splatter paint, complements the dark green suit nicely. His brown tie and silver-gray glasses complete the earth-tone look. Cam Newton’s squirrel costume is also quite simple. A head scarf is an optional accessory. The head scarf is a fun touch that is sure to catch on with fans.
Ray Lewis’ “squirrel dance”
It’s no secret that Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden performed the best version of the “squirrel dance” during their Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony in 1993. This energetic dance was accompanied by a song by Nelly, “Hot In Herre,” which perfectly fit the squirrel-themed dance. Though the dance wasn’t originally intended for the NFL, it quickly became one of the most famous moves from that season.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees gathered to witness Lewis’s “squirrel dance” performance. Lewis, who was named a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2005, was inducted alongside seven other football players. Lewis’ signature dance earned him a spot in the Hall of Fame, which is an honor in itself. The dance is a staple of Ray Lewis’ post-Super Bowl celebrations.
Why is it called the squirrel dance?
There is no one definitive answer to this question.
It is speculated that the dance got its name because it is often performed by people in costumes that resemble squirrels or because the movements of the dance resemble those of squirrels.
Another theory is that the dance was originally created by Native Americans as a way to honor squirrels which are considered to be helpful and benevolent animals in many indigenous cultures.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.