The Choreography Behind *NSYNC's 'Bye Bye Bye' Was Inspired By The Black Power Fist
Popstar plot twist!
July 27, 2018 at 8:59 pm
In celebration of music videos from the "past, present and future," Billboard sat down with 12 choreographers to get the inside scoop behind some of the most iconic music videos.
Darrin Dewitt Henson, the man responsible for some very memorable dances (not to mention Darrin's Dance Grooves), revealed how he created the choreography in *NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" video.
"The choreography simply was a combination of a few things: the puppeteers-style dancing, which came from them singing about feeling like puppets on a string on the original track; then the black power fist — at the time the group did not know where the move come from, they just enjoyed doing the move," Henson said.
That black power fist hit the mainstream when sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their gloved fists in the air while standing on the podium during their medal presentation at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, as The Star reminds us. At the time, the two athletes caught Kaepernick-level flack for advocating for black power on the international stage.
*NSYNC received no such criticism for their "Bye Bye Bye" video.
In addition to taking inspiration from the civil rights movement, Henson also drew from the birthplace of hip-hop for the video.
"And then there’s the talking hand, which was a quintessentially New York move," Henson said. "When a person was talking too much crap, you gave them the talking hand, the opening and closing of the first. The creation of 'Bye Bye Bye' happened from me growing up in the Bronx. It’s the signature move, and it will exist forever — that’s why it’s my favorite."
For those wishing to relive the start of the new millennium, you can see the moves in action in the video below:
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