BTS 'Permission To Dance' challenge: How to take part and create your own Shorts video

The challenge is a friendly invitation to anyone who loves dancing to groove along to the group's new single ‘Permission to Dance’

                            BTS 'Permission To Dance' challenge: How to take part and create your own Shorts video
(L-R) Jin, J-Hope, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jimin, and RM of BTS perform onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast on March 14, 2021 (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

K-pop megastars BTS and YouTube have launched a dance challenge for all its fans across the world as well as for people who love dancing. The ‘Permission to Dance’ challenge was launched on Friday, July 23, on YouTube Shorts at 9 am EST, and will run through 9 am EST on August 14. The step was taken after the Bangtan Boys' third English song, ‘Permission to Dance’, topped the charts on Billboard Hot 100. The new peppy number was released on July 9 and it’s the second collaboration with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

As per YouTube's official blog, the challenge is a friendly invitation to “anyone who loves to dance” to create a 15-second Shorts video on the YouTube mobile app while grooving to the group's new single ‘Permission to Dance’.

“The video shows the septet doing three ‘International Sign’ gestures meaning ‘Joy,’ ‘Dance,’ and ‘Peace,’ which BTS are encouraging participants to recreate with their own style for the challenge,” the blog states, before adding: “The Permission to Dance Challenge is an effort to bring people around the world together to dance along with BTS and inspire them to share their unique Shorts creations with one another.”


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Reports said BTS will also pick up their favorite Shorts and highlight them in a compilation video. Users are encouraged to use hashtags like #PermissiontoDance and #Shorts in their submissions. In a statement, the band said, “Permission to Dance' is a song that will get everyone's heart pumping and dancing again. We also prepared the 'Permission to Dance Challenge' with YouTube Shorts so please stay tuned for more.”

K-pop boy band BTS visit the SiriusXM Studios on February 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Big Hit general manager Shin Young Jae said: “Just as 'Permission to Dance' sends the message that you don't have to ask anyone for permission to dance, we hope that we can bring people all over the world together to dance along with us, free of any limits or constraint. We are very excited to watch this challenge come to life on YouTube Shorts and can’t wait to see what you all create.”

How one can make their ‘Permission to Dance’ YouTube shorts?

According to reports, it just takes 15 seconds to create a Short for the ‘Permission to Dance’ Challenge. The official blog says, “All you need is a smartphone and the Shorts camera built right into the YouTube mobile app. With the help of YouTube’s Shorts creation tools, anyone can easily recreate the three ‘Permission to Dance’ moves with their own style.”

Lil Nas X (2nd from L) and SUGA, Jimin, RM, J-Hope and Jungkook of BTS perform onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

People have to follow these simple steps to make their own video. “Tap the ‘( + ) create icon” on the bottom navigation bar and select ‘Create a Short.’ Tap the ‘Add Music’ button and select BTS’ ‘Permission to Dance.’ The music will be queued up perfectly to 15 seconds without having to do anything else. Hold the ‘Capture’ button (red circle) to record your Short video clip. Tap ‘Done’ followed by ‘Next’ to add video details. Be sure to include hashtags #PermissiontoDance and #Shorts. Hit ‘Upload’ and you are good to go!” YouTube's official blog mentions.

BTS performs during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020 on December 31, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions )

“BTS are global icons. Breaking record after record on YouTube, BTS' immense contribution to the world of music has made them an undeniable force. We are humbled to be partnering with them on the Permission to Dance challenge on YouTube Shorts, helping to spread happiness and build lasting connections amongst their fans on YouTube across the globe. We are stoked to see the ARMY dance!” Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s global head of music, stated.

People on the internet were going gaga over this new challenge by BTS. A user tweeted, "This is literally the cutest thing ever." Another one said, "This is my favourite #PermissiontoDance challenge #Shorts." "Here’s my #PermissiontoDance challenge!! it’s not the best but I really wanted to join," a person wrote while sharing their video.