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♪♫ Teach me how to Dougie

By Melissa Bell
Ines Sainz
John Wall (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

If you have somehow managed to miss any U.S. sports this year, you may have missed the one craze unifying players across every field, court and arena: the Dougie.

When John Wall debuted with the Washington Wizards, he was so engulfed with doing the Dougie, he didn't notice his teammates' outstretched hands hoping for a high five. University presidents, sports team owners' and mascots have all been caught on camera practicing the Dougie. Expect to see the de facto victory Dougie in the end zone.

Oh, yes, for the non-sports-oriented: the Dougie is a dance taught in the song "Teach Me How to Dougie," by the hip-hop group Cali Swag District. Released in May, the song pays homage to Doug E. Fresh, a rapper in the late '80s who had a penchant for dancing by smoothing his hair back. The dance consists of improvising your own dance moves, interspersed with brushing back the hair.

"In a long line of Ickey Shuffles and Dirty Birds, it is just the latest example of athletes using work as an excuse to boogie," Ben Cohen wrote at the Wall Street Journal. His profile of the dance craze calls 2010 the "year of the Dougie."

Learn the Dougie:

John Wall:

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis knows how to do it -- sort of -- though he pronounces the name wrong:

The originator:

By Melissa Bell  | November 15, 2010; 8:44 AM ET
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