WASHINGTON -- It is not something you see every day.
A video showing dozens of people from overseas executing a DC dance style has gotten thousands of views and shares on social media.
Dancers from all over Europe learned how to nail ‘beat your feet’ dance moves thanks to this guy John Pearson aka Crazy Legz.
Pearson was invited to Poland to teach dancers how to beat their feet in July.
“It’s a party dance at its base,” Pearson explained.
"Beat your feet" is a dance style that came out of DC’s go-go music scene.
Pearson told WUSA9 its origins come from a dance called the ‘hee haw’ and grew into a more fluid, modern style that was popularized by the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
“It became the staple dance of Washington, D.C., especially within the inner city,” Pearson said.
Crazy Legz grew up in Southeast DC around "violence, drugs, and just the challenges of growing up," but said "beating his feet" was an outlet.
“Started from nothing and you got all the way across the country,” Pearson said.
ᴄᴀɴᴛ ᴇxᴘʀᴇss ʜᴏᴡ ɢʀᴀᴛᴇғᴜʟ ɪ ᴀᴍ ғᴏʀ ᴛʜɪs ᴏᴘᴘʀᴏᴛᴜɴɪᴛʏ! ᴏɴᴄᴇ ᴀɢᴀɪɴ ᴛʜᴀɴᴋ ʏᴏᴜ @_im_in_ ғᴏʀ ʜᴀᴠɪɴɢ ᴍᴇ ! ɪ ᴀᴘᴘʀɪᴄɪᴀᴛᴇ ᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴀɴᴅ sᴜᴘᴘᴏʀᴛ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜɪɴɢ. ɪᴛ ᴍᴇᴀɴs ᴀʟᴏᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ʟᴏᴏᴋɪɴɢ ғᴡᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴋᴇᴇᴘ ᴄᴀʀʀʏɪɴɢ ᴅᴄ ᴄᴜʟᴛᴜʀᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴍᴇ ᴏɴ ᴛʜɪs ɴᴇᴡ ᴊᴏᴜʀɴᴇʏ. ᴍᴏʀᴇ ɪɴsᴘɪʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ᴠɪᴅᴇᴏs ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜɪs 3 ᴅᴀʏ ᴛʀᴀɪɴɪɴɢ ᴘʀᴏɢʀᴀᴍ ᴀʀᴇ ᴄᴏᴍɪɴɢ ! ᴛᴜʀɴ ᴏɴ ᴘᴏsᴛ ɴᴏᴛɪғɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs ! ʜᴀᴘᴘʏ #nationaldanceday #beatyafeet #dcgogo #dcculture #DChistory #RIPSlush #beatyafeetkings #Mambosauce #BeatyafeetinPoland 🎥 @silvershellz
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In a city with changing demographics, Crazy Legz hopes to help keep and celebrate DC’s flavor.
“If you live in DC, you should embrace the culture,” Pearson told WUSA9. “If you don’t live in DC, I’m going to try to get you to embrace the culture because it is something dear to my heart.”
Pearson has plans to teach ‘beat your feet’ classes in other countries while still giving back to his community.