You could say that dances are to Fortnite what emojis are to social media; a way to express yourself beyond the guns and building.
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What do you need for a Fortnite dance?
Well, not a lot.
All you need to execute a dance is the click of a button or keystroke and your in-game avatar gets down like a Saturday night party.
- some players use dances as a way to taunt foes
- others use them as a means to celebrate an elimination or even a coveted Victory Royale
- in some cases, players will also use them as a means to express their hype and enjoyment of the game
Check out our Beginners Guide to Fortnite on all topics.
Memes and Social Media
You don’t need to be knee-deep in playing Fortnite in order to know about its dances. They’re all over social media in the form of YouTube videos, Twitter memes and other content.
Users of all platforms, from the everyday Joe to the likes of Jimmy Fallon, have gotten in on the action of imitating Fortnite dances to the best of their abilities. There are also tons of videos with compilations of celebrities and professional dancers doing Fortnite dances with side-by-side comparisons.
Check out this video with the newest Fortnite Dances
And some of the best dances like Floss, Never Gonna and Pump It Up.
Fortnite dances will even be used randomly in completely unrelated videos.
Ever seen an Adobe Premiere tutorial where the instructor is using shots of them doing Fortnite dances? I sure have.
The creativity that has come from this simple little feature in a video game is astounding. The main reason for this is because Fortnite dances aren’t actually the creation of the developers themselves. They’re based on dances from across the spectrum of pop culture. And because these dances are part of Fortnite’s monetization scheme, it has landed Epic Games in a bit of legal trouble in the last few years.
Fortnite controversies and lawsuits
There’s a base dance in Fortnite that everyone has access to. However, if you want more dances, you need to pay for them or earn them as you play the game.
A lot of Fornite’s move busting has been inspired directly by dance routines that can be found in TV, movies and other media and performances.
An example of this is the title called Fresh. It is copied from a silly dance Carlton does in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air starring Will Smith. You can tell it’s the same dance if you watch side-by-side comparisons. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro has been made to show it off in various appearances throughout the years and he considers it his own creation.
The fact that Epic Games sells his dance prompted him to file a lawsuit against the company. In the end, the case was dismissed because dances are difficult to patent. But that didn’t stop others from attempting to cash in on the Fortnite dance hype.
Russell Horning, also known as the Backpack Kid, also attempted to sue the gaming giant for their use of the Flossing dance that he performed on stage at a Katy Perry concert.
There are doubts about whether he created the dance but regardless, the case was also dismissed.
Fortnite is more than a game. It’s an entire experience and social network. As such, it offers you lots of ways to express yourself including the ability to perform a dance.