The music blares. The dancing begins. All while the DJ grabs the spotlight.
Thousands follow along, not at the hottest spot but in the comfort of their own home.
Welcome to the quarantine nightlife.
With nightclubs closed because of the coronavirus outbreak, those still yearning to get on the dance floor have done so in their living rooms by creating virtual dance parties.
DJ D-Nice, formerly of Boogie Down Productions, started the trend by mixing for nearly eight hours straight on Instagram Live. The “Home School at Club Quarantine” became an instant smash. More than 150,000 followed along, including Joe Biden, Drake, Will Smith, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
Soon after, athletes started creating their own parties.
Former Lakewood and UCF standouts Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin, now with the Seattle Seahawks, were among them.
This past Saturday, the twins took to Instagram for a “Live Quarantine Party.” The other hosts included Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back MJ Stewart.
The Griffin twins already were social media sensations. They practice dance routines videos on a TikTok page they recently created. The first video took two hours to make, according to their most recent contribution to The Players’ Tribune.
The story of their bond, of playing together through high school, college and the pros, has been told repeatedly on television and online segments. The Griffins are already comfortable in front of the camera. That served them well in the latest venture: their own YouTube channel that will launch soon.