When gardaí posted a video of their Jerusalema dance routine, it swept the nation. But where did the challenge begin?

What started off as a hit South African house track by DJ Master KG and Nomcebo, Jerusalema has gone global, largely due to the dance challenge that it spawned.

The song was released in 2019 but the dance element began in Angola in February 2019, where a dance troupe recorded themselves busting some moves to the song while eating their lunch. 

A viral sensation was born... Even if it took a while for it to make its way here. 

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From nuns to groups of friends, firefighters to police forces, there has been an array of takes on the Jerusalema Challenge from every corner of the world. 

When members of the Swiss Police posted a video of them taking part in the challenge, they extended it to the gardaí, who were quick to take it on, going to roofs, beaches and bogs, and even getting some four-legged officers involved for their response.

They hoped it would give people a lift, and it certainly has.

Of course, it's not the first dance craze we’ve found ourselves taking on, and sometimes it can be hard to remember the ones that have come before. With social media, and TikTok in particular, these things come and go in the blink of an eye; they’re great fun at the time, but so easily forgotten when the next big thing comes along. 

The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights is probably the best example of something that started on TikTok and soon extended to every social media platform. Big Lockdown no. 1 vibes. We’re sure most people can’t hear the song on the radio now without picturing people dancing with big sweeping arm motions as though they are pretending to swim. 

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Long before TikTok, there was the Harlem Shake. And has anyone forgotten Gangnam Style? Oh and Call Me Maybe videos – after Justin Bieber et al made their own one, the world joined in. 

I guess the point is, we’ll take any excuse to dance, but it’s something we all kind of need right now.