LONG ISLAND, N.Y. >> Utter the words “Baby Shark” to most kids this summer and they’re likely to launch into the viral dance craze.
“It’s very catchy. It’s easy to do,” said Jackie Nelson, a teacher at Encore Dance Academy in New York. “Every age group knows it,” Nelson said.
The words and moves are simple. The song starts with “Baby Shark doo doo doo doo doo doo” and then repeats with different members of the shark family — Mommy, Daddy, Grandpa, Grandma. Arm movements go along with each family member.
The original Baby Shark Dance was produced by a Korean education startup called Pinkfong, and it mixes cartoon sharks and sea creatures with real kids dancing. That video has more than 1 billion — yes that’s billion — views.
Liz Weiss, 31, of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., said her son, Cory, 2, watches the dance on YouTube. “He actually can follow the prompts pretty well if he sees it on the screen,” Weiss said. “It’s pretty cute.”