[Editor’s note: this story has been updated with details on how to upload your video.]
Full details of BTS’ “Permission to Dance” challenge, which will launch this week on YouTube Shorts, are here.
The challenge — a friendly invitation for BTS fans to dance to the group’s new single “Permission to Dance” — officially kicks off Friday, July 23 at 9 a.m. EST and runs until 9 a.m. EST on August 14.
Fans everywhere are encouraged to get creative and create their own 15-second short film on the YouTube mobile app, inspired (of course) by BTS’ “Permission to Dance” fluid movements.
BTS, who previously offered YouTube Shorts a fun preview of their “Permission to Dance” choreography (watch it on desktop here or mobile here before you start on your own), will even spotlight a selection of shorts from their ARMY in a compilation video. Submissions using #PermissiontoDance and #Shorts will be considered included in the compilation, so be sure to remember those hashtags.
“‘Permission to Dance’ is a song that will make everyone’s heart beat and dance again,” BTS said in a statement. “We’ve also prepared the ‘Permission to Dance Challenge’ with YouTube Shorts, so stay tuned for more.”
“Just as ‘Permission to Dance’ sends the message that you don’t have to ask anyone’s permission to dance, we hope we can bring people from all over the world together to dance with us, without any limits or constraints. ,” added Big Hit General Manager Shin Young Jae. “We’re excited to see this challenge come to life on YouTube Shorts and can’t wait to see what you all create.”
The “PTD” video shows the septet performing three “International Sign” gestures that translate to “Joy,” “Dance,” and “Peace,” which BTS encourages contestants to recreate in their own style for the challenge. In a statement, the group said the challenge was an effort to “bring people together around the world to dance with BTS and inspire them to share their unique short film creations with each other.”
Creating your video should only take 15 seconds using a smartphone and the Shorts camera built into the YouTube mobile app, allowing everyone to create their three “PTD” moves in their own way by following these instructions :
- Tap the “( + ) create” icon and select “Create court”.
- Tap the “Add Music” button and select “Permission to Dance” from BTS. Music will queue perfectly for up to 15 seconds without having to do anything else.
- Hold the “Capture” button (red circle) to record your Sho video clip.
- Tap “Done” followed by “Next” to add the video details. Be sure to include the hashtags #PermissiontoDance and #Shorts
- Click “Download” and you’re good to go!
Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube, said, “BTS are global icons. Breaking record after record on YouTube, BTS’ immense contribution to the music world has made them an undeniable force. We are honored to partner with them for the Permission to Dance Challenge on YouTube Shorts, helping to spread happiness and build lasting connections among their fans on YouTube around the world. We are thrilled to see the ARMY dancing!