A video showing a young policeman from Xinjiang showing off his “finger tutting” dance to Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk has made waves on the internet.
The 20-year-old performer Yan Yuli published the video a few days ago on his Weibo account in order to show off his finger tutting, a type of dance involving intricate movements of the fingers, a skill he has been practising for several years.
The video quickly gained lots of attention from netizens, who were not only amazed by his intricate finger tutting but also by his good looks. Yan told reporters that he is keen on dancing and that he began to learn dancing when he was in junior high school.
Since stumbling across a finger tutting video online during a search for dancing videos in 2010, he has taken to the art. He practices with his fingers by watching and imitating moves he finds in videos online.
“I seem to have a knack for finger tutting as I can master the movements after watching videos only a few times through. I love to create new movements to make it look better and more interesting,” Yan said.
Yan told reporters that he couldn’t get much time to practice his finger tutting after enlisting as a solider in late 2011.
After Yan retired from the army at the beginning of 2014, Yan returned to his finger tutting and also learned how to make videos. “I love to make short videos. I find it fun, but I’m still an amateur,” Yan said.
Yan emphasized that as a policeman from the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, he is very diligent in his work and doesn’t let the finger tutting get in the way of his duties. He fits in practice around his work.
Watch the video here:
By Lucy Liu
[Images via NetEase // Video via Youku]