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People are learning about the ‘Rock the Boat’ dance from Netflix’s ‘Derry Girls’

Irish Twitter informs everyone that it's indeed a real thing.


Siobhan Ball

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 8, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 6:57 am CDT

The Netflix show Derry Girls is a sensation all over the world. But for people unfamiliar with the particulars of Irish culture, it has raised some important questions.

One Twitter user recently asked if the “Rock the Boat” choreography in Derry Girls is something that really happens in the country.


Yes, the choreography to “Rock the Boat,” the single from American band the Hues Corporation, is real. Rather than being some strange cultural artifact from the ’90s, like “Saturday Night” or “Macarena,” it remains a beloved part of many Irish celebrations to this day. For those unaware, the dance usually involves people sitting on the floor in rows while swinging their arms back and forth and clapping to the beat.



An essential part of not just weddings but birthdays, graduations, and other large parties, many Irish people were shocked to discover this wasn’t an international phenomenon.


There are even giant public ones.


Including attempts to beat the world record.

And one person is such a big fan that she’ll start doing the dance anywhere, anytime if the song comes on.


“Rock the Boat” may not be international yet, but thanks to Derry Girls it may just get there.


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*First Published: Aug 8, 2019, 4:09 pm CDT