The Caipirinha Dance is an internet meme similar to the Caramelldansen, Paffendorf Dance and Pappara Dance. Many adorable characters drawn by internet users have been dancing in the videos posted to YouTube and the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since about 2008. This is one of the most popular memes related to music and dancing, with the others are Caramelldansen and Rick Roll.
The dance is taken from Child President which is one of the 20th episode of the Japanese TV animation series of Azumanga Daioh, and it was first aired in 2002. The original scene is: Tomo is wagging her finger with one hand on her hip while chaffing Chiyo about she is childish.
Derivatives outside Japan started appearing on YouTube around late 2008. In addition to animated videos, some cosplayers have made videos imitating the dance at anime conventions. Furthermore, many illustrations drawn by people outside Japan have been posted to deviantART.
Reception in Japan
Caipirinha Dance had become to share the limelight with Caramelldansen in Japan around the middle of 2008. This song was included to a compilation album for the songs that have funny phonetic translations/misheard phrases produced by a Japanese record label EXIT TUNES in August 2008. This was the first CD release for this song in Japan. And, the maxi-single, also including several remixes of this song, was released in November 2008.