HISTORY OF THE MACARENA

MUSIC VIDEO
There are two different music videos. The most common music video, directed by Vincent Calvet, was created in 1996, featuring Los del Rio performing on a white backdrop. Ten women are also seen dancing with the band. This version samples a line from The Graduate ("I am not trying to seduce you!") which was later removed due to possible copyright issues. The other, similar version of the music video was in black and white and was more instructional in that the women and men are clearly shown performing the specific dance moves.

DANCE
A Venezuelan flamenco dance teacher was credited for creating the dance to give her class something to do. To perform the dance:
  1. One places his/her arms forward, palm down, right arm, then left arm.
  2. Then the dancer turns his arms over so that his palms are up, right, then left.
  3. The dancer puts his hands on his shoulders, first right hand on left shoulder, then left on right.
  4. Then the dancer puts his hands on the back of his head, again right, then left.
  5. The dancer then places his arms on his hips, right hand on left hip, then left on right.
  6. Then the dancer's hands go on their respective hips or rear end, right then left
  7. The routine finishes with a pelvic rotation in time with the line "Ehhhh Macarena!"
  8. Then the dancer simultaneously jumps and turns 90 degrees counter clockwise and repeats the same motions throughout the whole song.*
(*The music video of Macarena, however, shows the dancers turning clockwise).

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