According to a YouTube video posted in September, a new dance called the “Choke” is burning in South America. With nearly 300,000 total views, the dance is sparking a lively discussion on the Web.

The new South American dance craze appears to be the old school “bump” gone aggressive. The dance features a man dancing behind a woman (who willingly dances along), percussively pulling her toward him. The trouble is seemingly that the man assertively pulls the woman in the direction of his private area. The movement also shows the man pulling or “choking” her from his side, and at times, from his backside as well.

No information found on where exactly in South America the dance originates, or the reasoning behind the name “Choke.”

The “Choke” is sort of a hard case for hyper-masculine abuse of Black female bodies through dance, the not-so-shocking switch-up—the woman “choking” the man from the back is also shown in the video.

After a bit more online research, we found another video showing two men doing the “choke.”

The “choke” is certainly not the first sexually-suggestive dance ever invented. We’ve seen loads of youth movements stateside with bumping butts, gyrating genitalia, and shaking behinds. But has the “choke” taken it too far?

We’ll stop here and allow you to express your thoughts.

Is it a just an innocent dance or is it disturbing? Sound off!

Source: Cheryl Martin, The Insane Asylum

  • ericka

    LOL..this aint nothin but an enhanced version of the bump! LOL, now should a bunch of straight guys/gals be doing this in the club as seen in the last video…hmmm, i think not.. LMBO..I vote for SO NOT disturbing

  • Lyla

    lol it looks weird lemme phrase that again *it looks retarded*,she just okey with him doing what he does,(whatever teh hell he’s trying to do) no regards to her body,kinda funny…

  • Lyla

    omg….the last video was hilarious haha

  • http://www.elephantchronicles-nell.blogspot.com Nell

    when i first saw this video on tumblr a while back, i thought the exact same thing, but i thought i may just be overreacting considering in the first video, theres a girl halfway into it taking the role of the “man” in the dance.
    but yes, definitely a dance that does not promote sexual equality, and enforces the idea that sexual aggression as well as forced sexual situations (rape) are acceptable. hopefully this dies out quicker than it began.

  • titilayo

    Choke is almost certainly a derivative of the Spanish word choque (pronounced as two syllables: cho-kay), which means collision/bump. So, el choque/choke basically translates as “the bump”, and “choquela” (as in the song in the second video) means “bump it”. (It has nothing to do with the English word choke or with choking.)

  • Vacra

    Yeah This is overreaction. It’s just a dance, It has nothing to do with choking women. In brazil it isn’t even pronounced like the american word and has different meaning. I’m a total feminist but this is really taking things that aren’t really harmful and tryng to make a case. Clutch is putting 20′s on 10′s!!!

  • http://www.tallgirlsdontdance.com E

    this dance isn’t as sexually suggestive as some things i see in the club… i think the emphasis of this dance is on the actually “bumping”… half of the time they are bumping hip bones side-to-side. when i saw the title of this post i thought i was about to see men actually choking women (i.e. hands around neck). this is not that deep AT ALL.

  • Jocelyn

    I thank Titilayo for the translation. My high school Spanish is rusty at best. I don’t think the dance is particularly violent. I think its rather goofy. I also wonder if folks end up bruised after all that bumping and kicking. Gee!

  • yesindeed

    lol! This dance is no crazier than the bump , dougie, and lets not forget the stanky leg lol…their just having fun..

  • EmpressDivine

    The name sounds worse than the actual dance. The Spanish pronunciation makes it sound a lil better tho. It looks more funny than suggestive to me.

  • http://www.elephantchronicles-nell.blogspot.com Nell

    because they’re speaking spanish in South Africa?

  • http://www.elephantchronicles-nell.blogspot.com Nell

    scratch that…

  • Randi

    It’s really not as bad as I thought it would be. I’ve seen worst and more sexually-suggestive dances. Still trying to figure out where the name came from tho? Looks pretty stupid lol won’t catch me doing the Choke.

  • Ricky

    lol this dance is funny. dont get me wrong they got rhythym and its something new that I seen and hey who knows somebody will probabley put it in there music video if its not already in somebody’s music video.

  • Randi

    ok disregard that last comment I now know where the name came from. Makes sense now.

  • Alexandra

    I like it lol! I agree with those that said it’s not a sexually suggestive dance.
    Are you sure this dance is new? or are people outside Colombia just now discovering it?

  • KB

    Dang, Clutch…the way you guys were describing the dance at first I thought it would be worse than DAGGERING…but that still takes the cake. This is daggering’s innocent cousin…and I don’t really mind it since it doesn’t put the female in physical danger.

    And to me, if we’re going to call one culture’s dance style “disturbing” we need to analyze our own…grinding in the clubs is just as disturbing as this dance is…

  • http://pyoowata.blogspot.com Nneoma

    this dance gets a “Like” from me.

  • Judah

    Yeah this is whatever I’ve seen worse. Have you been to a college party? At least they change it up. ive seen people pon de floor, pon de couch, pon de bed. the choke dance seems fun

  • Tiffany W.

    Thanks titilayo.

    I was expecting to see actual strangulation to a Roscoe Dash beat. Nothing wrong here. Although, I wouldn’t want to be kicked in my ass on the dance floor.

  • Terri

    Clutch this article was made on skittles and rainbows it has no substance. Don’t grasp at straws give me an article with some meat to it.

  • chillchic

    I’m with you I thought maybe someone would actually be choking (like the pass out game). But this is actually kind of funny and not disturbing at all. Well, they’re outfits may be a little disturbing but that’s it.

  • lee

    exactly what i thought when i started watching “the bump 2.0″!

  • Me27

    lol i think they probably do end up being bruised. Did you notice in the first vid (@ 1:11) when the first girl got done dancing she was rubbing her butt like it hurt

  • Me27

    Clutch i have to say this article kinda over-exaggerated the dance. There’s nothing wrong with this. I’m sure we’ve all have seen much worse.

  • L

    I think it’s cute!

    I mean, my background is Jamaican. If you want a disturbing dance, come to us lol.

  • lee

    You should see my jamacian friends dance. this is nothing compared to jamacian parties. but personally im not a fan of dancing this that.

  • Wikked

    Referring to the 2nd video: I thought jamaicans didn’t approve of homosexuality o_O

  • ashley

    well as a jamaican i jus find this 2 b a bad attempt @ daggerin…plzzz jus leave the making up of dances 2 us…cuz this looks ridiculous!!

  • ashley

    this isnt a jamaican dance its in south america ……. listen 2 the song they’re speaking spanish..thejamaican dance is called daggering this is something like a spin off of that!!!

  • Wikked

    Oops I overlooked the south america part lol… I have a few Jamaican friends that do a dance somewhat like this but not w/other men!

  • jenn no

    In Spanish, the verb “chocar” means “to crash, collide, bang into, bash into, strike against”…. Perhaps now the origin of the dance’s name will make more sense to non-Spanish speakers.
    They are not pronouncing “choke” in the English way we pronounce it. There is no reference in the dance or the song lyrics of “choking” either. It is a conjugation of the verb ‘chocar’. Like a command. Instead of calling the dance “to bang into” or “to bash into” they are calling it “bang” or “bash” or whatever. We call sex “banging”… so it all makes sense to me!
    I expected something much worse than what I saw. I think there are some dancehall “dances” that would make these kids look like saints. Hello!

  • Juanita Smith

    I have seen worse on videos. The video vixens are much, much worse.

  • brooklynqueen

    uh yah that was pretty harmless. maybe because I’m carribean but ihave seen much worse lol

  • Kiki

    Thank you Clutch for the biggest laugh I had all day.

  • Clnmike

    Not that bad at all dude was stylish with it, seen a hell of a lot worst in some clubs, A LOT WORST.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cookie-Echols/1757052206 Cookie Echols

    I see nothing wrong with it it looks like the old dance back in the day called the BUMP!

  • ZY

    lmao, I was thinking the same thing. my background is Bajan and the FIRST thing I thought of was the fact that this is NOTHING compared to some Jamaican dances I’ve witnessed. it’s cute, when i saw “choke”, i thought someone would literally be getting well… choked. that disturbed me before i clicked ‘play’ and saw that it’s nothing more than a hyped up version of the bump. big deal.

  • http://CLUTCH ADRIAN HARRIS OF GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

    HAIL!!! GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY!!! HAIL!!! SEPIA SPECTRUM PEOPLE!!! I DON’T SEE ANY WILDNESS ABOUT IT MYSELF. I DO SEE A LOT OF ATHLETICALLY FOUNDERED MOVES, SUCH AS THE TWISTING OF THE BLACK MAN’S BODY AS HE SQUATS TO THE GROUND!! INCREDIBLE, YOU KNOW HOW MANY OF US IN AFRIKA AMERICA WOULD BENEFIT HEALTH WISE IF WE COULD, AND I MEAN CHILDREN ALSO, LIFT OUR FEET IN RYMTHIC RAPIDITY AND SO SOME GOOD OLD FANSHIONED SQUATS? HIGH BLOOD, PRESSURE STROKE, POOR IMMUNE SYSTEMS…….BULL. AS FAR AS THE GROWN AREA, WHAT I SEE IS THE UPPER THIGH TWISTED TOWARD HER SALACIOUS BEHIND. AND KNOW ITS HOT IN SOUTH AMERICA BUT I DON’T NOTICE ANY HEAVY SWEATING. DAMN,, THEY IN SUPERIOR PHYSICAL CONDITION. THERE IS POTENIAL FOR SOME RAUNCHY STUFF BUT NOT FROM WHAT I SEE. NOW YOU WANT TO SEE SOME RAUNCHY STUFF, DON’T TAKES YOUR EYES OUT OF AMERICA. I MEAN BROTHER, GRAB HER HIPS AND SLAM HIS PRIVATE POTION RIGHT ON TOP, AND I MEAN SLAM; SHE ALMOST FALLS, PRESS HER BOOTY FAT AND THEN START GIRATING A NASTY FIGURE 8 ON WILL SHE BENDS OVER. NOW THAT NEEDS TO BEEN SPOKEN ABOUT. BUT THIS IS A LITTLE ATHLETIC SALACIOUSNESS AND THAT’S ALL. BEYONCE KNOWLES…..YOU KNOW? THEY JUST PLAYING OUR ASS IN SOME SERIOUS SIN. PERSONALLY AS A SINGLE ATHLETIC BLACK MAN, I HAVEN’T SEEN BODIES LIKE THESE ON BALCK WOMEN SINCE THE LATE 70′S AND EARLY 80′S. THEY’RE SYMETRY IS ALURING. I NEED TO GET DOWN THERE. I’LL SEND HER TO SCHOOL!!! I’M PRAYING!!!!

  • BlackButterfly

    it looks pretty harmless – considering one might leave a party or club a little bit bruised after doing this dance.

  • http://edwardianpromenade.com Evangeline Holland

    Reminds me of the mock-abusive Apache dance which originated in early 1900s Paris.

  • Kema

    Has anyone gone to a club in the south? Or a reggae spot? That dance does not look similar

  • Kema

    Has anyone gone to a club in the south? Or a reggae spot? That dance looks similar

  • caramelgirl

    let me just say, for those who dont know spanish, the song is giving comands saying choce, which is from the verb chocar, meaning to crash or bang. so thats why its all about the bumping of butts and what not, it is NOT saying to choke the girl or guy. and come on, in all seriousness, this isnt that bad, at my highschool dances we do a loot worse.

  • Nekesha

    I thought the same thing…its the bump with just more movement. However, I will not be letting anyone choke me anytime soon.

  • Nekesha

    I see way worse at the club.

  • Dee

    The description of the dance is more sinister than the actual dance. The dance is simply the bump from back in the day danced to Reggaeton. OK, am I the only one that thinks this is a dance that two young men should not be doing. When the bump was out it was a male\female dance.

  • Jaz

    The 2 men together r throwing me off

  • ozinbrook

    as someone said upthread, chocar doesn’t translate to choke in english (more like bump or crash). I see a lot of soccer influence and movements in the dance (with the girl’s butt as the ball lol), so its not surprising that its popular in S America. It looks fun, better than 90% of what you see in clubs now.
    Are there instructional videos?

  • Amina

    Seriously! ( I mean some real nasty ish!)

    It just looks like an updated version of “The Bump” to me

  • Amina

    Somebody at Clutch Mag just learned something today. This is what they should have researched before writing this article.

  • ayomide

    I wasn’t disturbed by the dance but it is a bit unfair the girl has only one move to do, a bit boring.

  • http://teachermrw.com teachermrw

    This is NOT okay. Of course, there are people who will think it’s not problematic. Please…it’s got misogyny written all over it.

  • M.

    It was less disturbing than I thought it was, but I don’t find it completely misogynistic, I mean the dudes were going at it too. Did you watching the second video?? The dudes were going in AND switching places. I do think that the dance should possibly be done away with, but dances like these always come from the inner cities around the world usually. This is clearly in an inner city in some third world country, where some people lack the education and understanding that stuff like this isn’t ok. Am I the only one who peeped the first girl in pain after dancing with the guys?? She kept holding her back and behind…smh

  • marcela

    That first video is in Buenaventura Colombia and I believe the dance is from there.

  • marcela

    … and I would appreciate people refered to developing countries instead of third world countries. That term is not used any more for obvious reasons.
    Some developing countries have so much flavor that some developed countries’ people would never understand, in relation to that comment above.

  • Tiff

    I see nothing wrong with this dance, although it is a little rough its not horrible. Got to have a little fun, and please don’t call it a third world country ew that sounds horrible!!!! Misogyny is a bad word to use, I see the girls having fun, there smiling yes the it might have hurt but its nothing too bad. Plus I see the girl bumps on the guy too lmao, its fun stop being to uptight people -___- shess y QUE VIVA COLOMBIA :D

  • Tiff

    “The “Choke” is sort of a hard case for hyper-masculine abuse of Black female bodies through dance, the not-so-shocking switch-up—the woman “choking” the man from the back is also shown in the video.” <– lmao you sound ridiculous ; honestly you should do your research better the "choke" mean bumping in spanish trust me i would know i speak fluent spanish. please don't make things sound worst than they really are!!!!!!!! one of the other user also stated the fact about grinding, now thats taking things to another level and even daggering, this video is simply bumping nothing more and having fun, oh and they are educated your making people from south america sound stupid oh i mean middle world -__- now that to me sounds more uneducated.

  • Tiff

    * third world, opps!!!

  • Lexy

    It is true.. People from ‘Developed’ countries think they are so much better, more educated… more this, and more that… they think they are much better all together and they forget that most of the ‘third world countries’ are in the list also of the MOST happiest countries in the world .. and this of course includes COLOMBIA which ranks in position no. 6 … and all of that is because people enjoy simple things… Choke isnt a dance for everybody, and until you haven’t tried it you will not discover that its actually fun … I did it in my recent visit to my city ‘CALI’ and against all my predictions about the dance, i laughted my a… off!!! All i will say is, if PLEASE open your mind and see further that your nose… The problem is not what this people do, it is what is in your MIND … and that has got nothing to do with EDUCATION, because for that we have better education all together in Developing countries, than they do in the rest of the world…

  • minna k.

    this looks like the Bump.(?)

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ Bones

    Your story was really iofnrmaitve, thanks!

  • jay marrero

    its a fucking dance we like doing it i dont understand whats so wrong about the choque you people say nothing when it has to do with your kind of dances but now that we wanna do this its a problem grow up

  • http://gravatar.com/jaidajoker jaidajoker

    the dance is “choque” from the verb choquear which means to crash or bump into. Shown how theyre bumping or crashing into eachother. In other words its not a dance about choking lol

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