The Summer I Turned Pretty Viral Dance

WILMINGTON, N.C. (CAPE FEAR WEEKEND) - If you haven’t seen season two of the hit tv show The Summer I Turned Pretty, then maybe you’ve seen them filming in the Wilmington area. Perhaps on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, at Conrad and Jeremiah’s summer home in Wrightsville Beach or even in downtown Wilmington.

Not a spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen season two yet, but in episode six there’s a dance scene between Taylor and Steven and it’s gone viral on social media. Thousands of fans trying to learn the dance to Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus.

I had the chance to meet with the choreographer, Kevin Lee-Y Green, who created the iconic dance and went through the dance step-by-step.

Before getting into the moves, I asked Green about the meaning behind the dance and how he came up with the choreography.

“When I was asked to choreograph this dance, first I was told about the song, Party in the USA. Then I create this elaborate dance and when I got the script I’m like ‘oh, no’ it’s supposed to be a dance that two nine year old girls made. So, I had to go back and rework it,” said Green.

When he’s not touring the country as a choreographer, he works at Dreams of Wilmington as a dance instructor. He said his first idea to see how a nine year old dances is to play the song for his younger class and let them freestyle. Green instantly noticed a few moves that he would use in his choreography.

“That’s pretty much where the dance came from and I’m really surprised... I didn’t think it was going to go viral,” said Green as he’s still shocked about the popularity of his dance.

To see the dance full out with music, watch it on our Cape Fear Weekend Instagram or Tik Tok page.

To watch the tutorial Kevin Lee-Y Green created himself, watch his YouTube video here.

Lauren Schuster

Lauren Schuster

Lauren joined WECT in September of 2022 as a multimedia journalist/reporter. Lauren grew up in a suburb of Chicago and graduated from Western Michigan in 2022 with a degree in broadcast journalism. While attending school, she interned at WOOD-TV 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also worked as a lifestyle reporter for Rose Tv in Rosemont, Illinois.