Gen Z Dancing to TikTok Songs in a Club Branded a 'Kindergarten Party'

The last year has been one like no other, with life as we know it turned upside down due to coronavirus.

Milestones such as graduation, starting a new job, going abroad and even family celebrations were either put on hold or fundamentally different. Which probably meant a big birthday, like your 18th or 21st, was spent sitting at home with your parents rather than falling out of a club at 3 a.m.

Instead, younger generations, who have never experienced rounds or last orders, turned to technology, with TikTok in particular taking off during the pandemic. The social media app soared in popularity as those quarantining jumped on dances, trends and challenges, and used it as a way to stay connected to the world.

Songs have enjoyed unrivaled exposure via the app, including Bella Poarch's "Build A B****" and Olivia Rodrigo's smash hit "Good 4 U." While mainstream artists, whose songs have been used as the basis for dance routines, have seen their tracks widely shared ("Blinding Lights," we're looking at you). One of those currently enjoying success as a snippet is Doja Cat's track, "Kiss Me More," featuring SZA.

The song, released in April, has been used as a sound on the app more than 2.8 million times, as fans created dances and moves to go along with the track. One popular trend is a flick of the wrist at a particular point where the music features a distinctive ding.

And that was the move an entire club pulled at the same time in Los Angeles, as scores of young people flocked to the Sour Prom event. Held on Thursday, July 15, a clip emerged on TikTok on Saturday showing the packed room filled with balloons and lasers, as "Kiss Me More" blares from the speaker.

The clip, posted by Avocado_Queen123, said in the on-screen caption: "What happens when you put Gen Z in the same room together." After all moving in unison, a distinctive shriek is heard from the crowd at the 1720 venue before the footage ends.

The video, which can be seen here, has been viewed some 28 million times, as people prophesied this is what the majority of clubs will look like, as life slowly gets back to normal.

Commenting on the video, Bianny thought: "This feels like a middle school graduation party."

Going one step further, Nefely wrote: "This looks like a kindergarten party."

Emiliano Rosales thought: "Sadly this is what Gen Z is."

Robbi O'Connell said; "I love that ya'll are having fun, but I would physically cringe if this happened near me."

Hillary reckoned: "These are gonna be clubs when all of Gen Z is 21 and up."

While Miz Fitz added: "We need to learn to keep TikTok dances and trends out of clubs."

Newsweek reached out to Avocado_Queen123 for comment.

Photo of singer Doja Cat in 2021.
Photo of singer Doja Cat as she celebrates her latest album Planet Her in L.A. on June 25, 2021. A clip of Gen Z doing TikTok dances in a club has been compared to a "kindergarten party." Joe Scarnici/Getty Images