BTS release Permission to Dance, song in English to celebrate anniversary of their fandom, Army

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BTS give themselves “permission to dance” on their single released on Friday. Their third English-language song, it was co-written by Ed Sheeran. Photo: Hybe

BTS' ‘Permission to Dance’ includes sign language choreography

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Shortly after BTS dropped the music video for their Ed Sheeran collab “Permission to Dance,” several fans were quick to notice that it features special choreography: sign language!

According to Twitter user @teokminnie, who translates Korean into English and Japanese for the ARMY community, the movement of scratching the body with the thumbs out and the other fingers half-bent means “fun,” and using one palm as a stage with two fingers of the other hand moving from side to side means “dance.”

Of course, making a V with both hands is a symbol meaning “peace.”

“The ‘Permission to Dance’ music video features a ‘special’ choreography. It is a performance using international sign language*, and the movements which mean ‘to have fun’, ‘to dance’ and ‘peace’ are connected together.” + pic.twitter.com/U7Z1ujpSvJ — ?? ????????? ?? (@tteokminnie) July 9, 2021

“The ‘Permission to Dance’ music video features a ‘special’ choreography. It is a performance using international sign language*, and the movements which mean ‘to have fun’, ‘to dance’ and ‘peace’ are connected together.” + pic.twitter.com/U7Z1ujpSvJ — ?? ????????? ?? (@tteokminnie) July 9, 2021

Soo Choi, an ARMY account with 1.2 million followers, gave a few examples from the music video. Many others were quick to point out in the replies that aside from being inclusive of the hearing-impaired, the “Permission to Dance” music video also features people from different ethnicities and ages.

Their choreography has “International Sign languages”

Dance, ????Joyful (Happy) ???? and Peace ?? @BTS_twt #PermissiontoDance pic.twitter.com/X41xuHAyGn — Soo Choi ???? Permission to Dance (@choi_bts2) July 9, 2021

They made the message accessible for everyone, also the diversity in the MV. BTS are legends!! pic.twitter.com/570F2m6hka — mia ???? ?? ∞ ?? ??????ª? ??? ??? ???????????????? ??????????????? (@Borahaepurplely) July 9, 2021

Aside from the music video, BTS did a special livestream on Friday, featuring “Butter,” “Spring Day,” and the performance premiere of “Permission To Dance.”

In addition to acknowledging the hardships brought by the pandemic through their songs, BTS' special choreo has given people more reasons to dance.

We stan an inclusive and compassionate idol group!

—MGP, GMA News

BTS’ “Permission To Dance”: 5 Best Moments From The New Music Video

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When BTS announced that they would be collaborating with English singer and songwriter, Ed Sheeran for the second time on a new song titled, Permission To Dance, the news understandably sent the internet into a tizzy.

Sheeran wrote Make It Right for the group in 2019, and it was featured in their album Map of the Soul: Persona. Permission To Dance on the other hand will be featured on BTS' upcoming CD version of their mega-hit single, Butter, which was released on July 9—ARMY’s birthday. The music video quickly garnered over 22 million views in less than four hours and that number is steadily climbing.

The high-spirited video features purple balloons, the wild wild west and people ripping off their masks to dance along to the music. In fact, here are a few moments we still just can’t get over.

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