ST. GEORGE — A video of a Washington City teen dancing each morning before school has taken the internet by storm this month, garnering over 4 million views over the last week and prompting a call to the teen’s parents from ABC’s Good Morning America among others.
The video, first posted on Twitter Dec. 6 by Charles “Chaz” Erickson, features 16-year-old Ammon Ah Quin, a student at Dixie High School, breaking it down with a variety of dance moves including twerking upside down with the use of a tree.
Normally, the only videos most people would find online of the 180-pound sophomore are sports highlights featuring Ah Quin’s skills on the football field.
But thanks to his friend’s post, people across the world are watching Ah Quin show off a different set of skills as he leaves his family’s Coral Canyon home and drops freestyle dance moves to various hip-hop artists as he makes his way to 17-year-old Erickson’s car to catch a ride to school.
The video, showcasing Erickson’s commentary and words of encouragement along with Ah Quin’s swerve, became an instant internet sensation.
“I’m honestly blown away at the popularity,” Ammon Ah Quin said. “I didn’t expect for it to blow up this much. We just posted it for our friends to see, then people from all over the country, then people all over the world. It’s honestly so crazy to Chaz and I.”
By Monday, the Twitter video had been retweeted more than 23,000 times and liked nearly 36,000 times. One Twitter user commented that the video was her “spirit animal” and that watching the video was the best two minutes she had spent all week.
After being shared on Facebook Dec. 9 by LADbible, Europe’s largest social publisher, the video garnered nearly 4 million views with more than 37,000 likes, 4,500 shares and 8,000 comments within three days.
Before exploding online, the video originated as innocent fun, Ammon Ah Quin’s father, Clay Ah Quin, told St. George News.
“Every time Chaz would pick him up, Ammon would walk out the house like he was famous and act like he was dodging paparazzi and act big time,” Clay Ah Quin said. “Chaz thought one day he would play music to him coming out acting goofy. Well, if you know my son, when there’s music involved he’s gonna start to dance. So, as he started to dance, Chaz started to encourage him.”
Ammon Ah Quin said he has scripture study with his family at 7 a.m. and, after that, he usually has a lot of energy to make the videos with his friend.
Erickson soon began posting the videos on Snap Chat and received a positive response, Clay Ah Quin said, adding that after the video went up on Twitter, “it took on a life of its own.”
They have since received calls from managing agencies in London, New York and Los Angeles about the video, Clay Ah Quin said, noting that he had been in contact with representatives of the Good Morning America television show who have requested to air the video on TV Tuesday morning if it makes the cut.
While the original intent of the video was to simply have fun, as the video started gaining popularity, Ammon Ah Quin said they began hoping that the video will prompt an invite from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a talk-variety show that often features dancers and internet sensations.
Ultimately, Ammon Ah Quin said his favorite thing to come out of this experience would be: “Just knowing that we made an impression on the world in a, hopefully, positive way.”
Clay Ah Quin said they never anticipated the video’s popularity and that they have no expectations.
“Ammon and Chaz are just enjoying the moment and taking it for what it’s worth right now,” Clay Ah Quin said. “They have plans to release more videos and do more things.”
If you’ve ever had the urge to dance like no one is watching, be sure to click the media player at the top of this report for some inspiration.
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