The most popular dance on internet was created by metro teen, and no one knew -- until now

The most popular dance on internet was created by metro teen, and no one knew -- until now
Jalaiah Harmon recorded herself doing the now globally famous dance in her bedroom with her friend Kaliyah Davis. (@WhoIsAddison/ Twitter)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — The Renegade. If there’s a tween or teen in your life, then you’ve seen it.

The dance is choreographed to the song “Lottery” by Atlanta rapper K Camp and posted all over the video-sharing app TikTok. But did you know the dance moves are local too?

It was originally choreographed by 14-year-old Jalaiah Harmon.

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The Fayetteville teen recorded herself doing the now globally famous dance in her bedroom with her friend Kaliyah Davis.

They posted it to Funimate and Instagram in September 2019. But truthfully, that’s not where you’ll know The Renegade from.

The dance went viral after Tik Tok influencer Charli D’Amelio posted herself doing The Renegade on her own account.

Problem is, D’Amelio did not give Harmon credit for what she created and yet D’Amelio took the dance and herself to worldwide fame.

Even celebrities got in on the fun:

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Tameka “Tiny” Harris

But now Harmon is finally getting her due. While, Harmon watched her dance go viral and others got credit for it, grew their social media following and even saw ad money pop into their account for it, she fought for recognition.

All Harmon wanted was credit.

Now, slowly, but surely, it’s coming.

K Camp posted a video to Twitter last Friday, thanking Harmon for helping make his song become “the biggest in the world.”

Harmon performed The Renegade at the NBA All-Star game at Chicago’s United Center over the weekend.

She even collaborated with D’Amelio and posted on her social accounts the two performing it together.

Side by side, it’s clear who created the dance and who is simply trying to keep up with the moves.

And the recognition didn’t stop there. Thousands across social media, including former first lady Michelle Obama and the co-founder of Twitter, made sure the metro Atlanta native got the credit she deserves.