The Brief: The Nelle dance on TikTok typically sees creators pounding their fists, before doing the dolphin across the room.

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The Nelle dance began growing in popularity on TikTok in October 2020. Typically, dancers pound their fists, move out of frame, and then do the dolphin across the room.

The music is a mash-up of Saweetie’s “Tap In” and audio from Phineas and Ferb.

On Aug. 9, creator @Taliasc shared a remix of “Tap In” and audio from a clip of Phineas and Ferb‘s Dr. Doofenshmirtz DJing.Β  The audio is now linked to over 1.3 million videos.

Lyrics:

Well, I’ll be honest I don’t really understand
But I fell down a hill and I got glue on my hands
Now I got records on my fingers
Records on my fingers
I got records on my fingers and I just can’t stop

On Sept. 12, @Nelleboyy then used the audio to create a skit about Phineas and Ferb‘s Perry The Platypus dropping his own verse on the beat. His new mix of the audio is featured in over 402,000 TikTok videos, many of which feature creators doing what is now being called the Nelle dance, due to the audio’s origins.

@nelleboyy

IB @chinamcclain MORE ON MY IG : nelleboyy❀️ #foryoupage #fyp #nelleboyy

♬ original sound – NELLE πŸ’ΏπŸ‘‘

The dance has been performed by some of most popular creators on the app, including:

@Cristiandennis and @Tyshonlawrence:

@cristiandennis

we’re bored wyd ? @tyshonlawrence

♬ original sound – NELLE πŸ’ΏπŸ‘‘

@Daisykeech:

@daisykeech

I HAVE NO HOPE @abbyrao

♬ original sound – NELLE πŸ’ΏπŸ‘‘

Other takes:

@kamtunechii

Not us in the cotton field πŸ˜‚ @jaiydatarvin @t.tajahhh #mississippi #fyp

♬ original sound – NELLE πŸ’ΏπŸ‘‘

@filipinowiggies

thanks for 600 followers 😏

♬ original sound – NELLE πŸ’ΏπŸ‘‘