Elissa Colón/YouTube

Little girl tap dances to Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ and into your heart

Give this girl her propers.


Audra Schroeder


Published Jun 8, 2015   Updated Mar 1, 2020, 2:02 am CST

Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” has influenced generation after generation. And now one adorable tap-dancing girl has made it her own. 

This video of a young girl named Johanna performing a tap-dance routine to the classic soul song was posted by YouTuber Elissa Colón, the girl’s mother. In the video, you can hear someone, most likely Johanna’s dad, screaming, “That’s my baby!”

And, well, where to even start with this video? The immediate sass and finger-wag she gives the audience when she turns around? Her “I got this” look? The cute little stage directions she gives her fellow dancers? Her circle-snaps? Her fierce exit?  

The video’s already received more than 10 million views since Colón posted it to her Facebook page yesterday. We think Aretha would be all about it. 

Screengrab via Elissa Colón/YouTube 

Share this article
*First Published: Jun 8, 2015, 7:26 pm CDT