Wowowee Dance Steps

by Derek M. Kwait

"Wowowee" has been a popular variety show in the Philippines since its debut in 2005. For anyone who has seen its dancers, the show's title and popularity are intuitive. The "Wowowee" dancers radiate charisma and beauty from under their scandalous costumes. While the exact nature of their dance steps vary depending on the song, they use reoccurring patterns and common themes.


While there is no one "Wowowee" song, there is a "Wowowee" flavor. Before you can begin shaking it like a Wowowee dancer, you must first find the right music. It doesn't necessarily need to be something from the Philippines as long as it's upbeat and up tempo. Anything fun and fast-paced with good percussion that you'd have to be dead not to dance to will work.


Big arm movements are essential to the "Wowowee" style. A classic "Wowowee" move is to move your arms in sync with the melody. When the melody rises, throw your arms in the air, then if the music falls suddenly, drop your arms to your waist. If many fast notes are being played in succession, wave your arms in rhythm to it. If the music swings, swing your arms.

Torso and Knees

A common "Wowowee" technique is to move your torso and knees counter to what your arms are doing. If you are pumping your arms horizontally in and out, squat with your knees up and down. If your arms are flat at your sides, stand up straight; if your arms are up over your head, squat down. If they are out in front of you, poke your body back. The thing is to be constantly in motion swaying, twisting and bobbing.


Hip movements are the central part of every "Wowowee" dance. Even if you are standing while another dancer takes the spotlight, your hips must always be rocking. Hula moves, rotating your body in one direction while a circling your hips the opposite way are very common. Another common move is to twirl one full rotation then stand to the side and shake your hips with your arms out.


About the Author

Derek M. Kwait has a Bachelor of Arts in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh and has been writing for most of his life in various capacities. He has worked as a staff writer and videographer for the "Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh" and also has training writing fiction, nonfiction, stage-plays and screenplays.