World’s ‘Most Difficult Dance’ Has Internet Calling it Perfect Workout, Here’s Why

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2023, 15:06 IST

.  Although the song used in the clip is not the original song used during Zaouli's time, it does not detract from the wow factor of the dance.  (Credits: Twitter)

. Although the song used in the clip is not the original song used during Zaouli’s time, it does not detract from the wow factor of the dance. (Credits: Twitter)

A Twitter user shared a clip of the adorable moves and the internet is all over it. Adorning their traditional costume and elaborate mask, this dance showcases some epic footwork.

Grooving to your favorite song can be the perfect workout. While everyone would love to try their best, some moves definitely look harder than others. However, a dance from central Ivory Coast takes the crown. The traditional dance of the Guro people, known as Zaouli, has been named the world’s most impossible dance. A Twitter user shared a clip of the adorable moves and the internet is all over it. Adorning their traditional costume and elaborate mask, this dance showcases some epic footwork. Although the song used in the clip is not the original song used during Zaouli’s time, it does not detract from the wow factor of the dance. Check it out here:

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The question that kept popping up was how the dancer managed to keep his upper body as stable as he did. Social media users marveled at how his legs moved as fast as he did, it seemed almost impossible to keep up with his upper body. “Any videos with the original soundtrack? I have no idea how he keeps his head and eyes so steady. Abrams tank would be impressed,” one Twitter user wrote.

Another user wrote: “Wonderful dance, but as a musicologist it’s a shame you’d turn such music off. Authentic music is much more interesting.

Some others were convinced that it would be the perfect cardio workout. The tweet read: “Good for cardio to even try dancing.”

The Zaouli is a traditional mask dance performed by the Gouro people of Ivory Coast. It was created in the 1950s, which is fairly recent compared to many dance forms. Traditional dances are inspired by two masks: Blou and Djela. It is also known as Djela lou Zaouli, which means Zaouli, daughter of Djela. People will always witness these dances performed by men, but Zaouli has a respect for feminine beauty. UNESCO has mentioned that in Guro communities this dance is performed at celebrations, special events, inter-village festivals and even funerals.

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The dance is designed to combine sculpture (mask), weaving (costume), music (band and song) and dance. Zaouli has seven types of masks. All of them have a special legend attached to them.

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