The Blackup Dancer, Defined

Blackup Dancer

/ˈblakˌəp/ˈdansər/

noun

c.2013, from a tongue-tied conversation I had after watching Lily Allen’s “Hard Out Here” video.

1. A woman of color who is so talented at dancing that you didn’t even know bodies could move like that. Her moves are far superior to those of the star of the video. As of late, she has been at the center of various pop culture controversies surrounding cultural appropriation.

Ex: Man, blackup dancers deserve a lot more praise. If I tried to copy their skills, my body would probably disintegrate or all my bones would shatter.

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