Aussie Nutbush dance shocks Americans on TikTok

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
·2-min read

You can guarantee that almost any wedding or birthday party in Australia will at some point play Tina Turner's iconic hit 'Nutbush City Limits' as a sure-fire way to get pretty much everyone on the dance floor.

And now, Americans have apparently discovered our obsession with the Nutbush dance (ie the best kind of line dance) and are literally losing their minds about it.

Sean Barry Parsons tik tok nutbush video
Sean's profile went viral as he used the Nutbush tune in one of his videos. Photo: TikTok

Sean Barry Parsons is from the US and took to TikTok to share his shock after he used the tune in one of his videos and was subsequently flooded with messages from Aussies telling him about the institution that is the Nutbush in Australia.

"Were you aware the Tina Turner hit Nutbush City Limits is a cultural institution in Australia? Because I wasn't!" he asks his followers.

After showing footage of Aussies doing the dance he says: "What the f*ck?"

"They're taught this dance in school! I was doing the Macarena like an a**hole!

"They didn't know that we didn't know!"

Tina Turner performs in a concert in Cologne, Germany
Tina Turner performs in a concert in Cologne, Germany in 2009. Photo: AP

After his clip blew up online, Sean told Kidspot: "the dance is far better than almost all of our wedding line dances, and in 2021 America has to start doing the Nutbush."

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Judging by the reactions in his comments section, he definitely wasn't only one shocked by this revelation.

"I have an Australian friend and she comes alive when it comes on," one person wrote.

While another simply asked: "WHAT. What else is Australia hiding?! WHAT ELSE?"

Apparently Australia is literally the only country in the world that does the 'Nutbush City Limits' dance, and while it reportedly blew up here in the 80s, no one can really tell where exactly the dance came from.

Tina Turner definitely never performed it herself.

The Sydney Morning Herald decided to try and find where it started back in 2018, explaining the dance is believed to be a modified line dance from an unrelated song.

But other than finding a school in Queensland that used the dance in some of its PE classes (though unofficially) there is no clear beginning for this cultural phenomenon.

Photo: Giphy
Photo: Giphy

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