The Classic routine features four female dancers dressed like Trinidadian Carnival performers:
P1 has puffy brown hair. She wears an orange feather headdress (similar to Apache (Jump On It)), an orange loose sleeveless tank top, red shorts, orange fishnet tights, and orange heeled sandals with black straps.
P2 has long black hair and a yellow and red festival crown. She wears a purple and yellow legless jumpsuit with purple feathers on the shoulders (similar to Super Bass) and long purple boots. She also has triangular purple makeup over her eyes.
P3 has long, free-flowing brown hair which looks like a bob cut. She wears a red tube-top with multiple cut frills at the end, black pants with red and yellow designs at the end and red frilled boots. She also has a red, white and black triangular festival crown and frills on her arms similar to the ones on her tube-top.
P4 wears a flamboyant outfit. She has brown hair braided into cornrows. She wears a pink bikini top with cut-out designs on the upper chest, pink skinny pants with yellow and blue squares on the sides and a blue design on the front, pink and blue wings, and blue boots. She has pink and blue face makeup and has pink and blue bangles on her left arm.
When the chorus of the song begins and during certain moves, their skin turns black, and their hair turns white. Outfit color schemes also change, with P1 turning blue, P2 turning red, P3 turning purple, and P4 turning green and yellow. The outfits themselves are inspired from the Pound The Alarm music video, with some festive Carnival elements added.
The dancer is a man with a green mohawk, a pair of yellow and red horns, a black beard and a red stripe on his face, green and red necklaces ,a triangular red strip with some smaller strips on his chest, green shoulder pads, two orange bands on his arms, green short pants with an orange triangular decoration on them, and tribal bracelets on his ankles. He is barefoot.
During specific parts of the song, his skin turns black, his green parts turn blue and his red parts turn yellow.
The dance takes place in a fiesta with a confetti shower. During the chorus, the background turns dark blue and the dancers stand on a shining, sparkling circle.
There are 5 Gold Moves in the Classic routine: Gold Moves 1 and 3: Do the move before the gold move and end it with your hands pointing to the floor. Gold Moves 2, 4 and 5: Put your hand up with your palms pointing to the air before "Pound the alarm" is sung.
Gold Moves 1 and 3
Gold Moves 1 and 3 in-game
Gold Moves 2, 4 and 5
Gold Moves 2, 4 and 5 in-game
There are 4 Gold Moves in the Extreme routine: Gold Moves 1, 2 and 3: Point with your fists to the floor before ''Pound the alarm'' is sung. Gold Move 4: Cross your wrists above your head. This is the last move of the routine.
Pound The Alarm appears in the following Dance Quest maps:
The dancers appear to be wearing Trinidadian festival costumes similar to those in the music video of this song.
Coincidentally, Nicki Minaj is of Trinidadian nationality.
The Extreme routine is the first Alternate in the series to be a DLC.
It is speculated that P4 is the main dancer of the song because she is the only dancer used in promotional pictures of the song choreography and she is different from the other dancers. She has her hair styled while the others have their hair down, and she has face makeup that covers her whole face.
After the second chorus, during the bridge, it is visibly possible to see the dancers breathing heavily. It's obvious/suggested the moves they performed during the chorus tired them out.
When the Extreme Routine was announced on YouTube, it was not announced as a DLC.
This was fixed later.
Some of the moves from Classic routine take inspiration from the ones in the music video.
In the Classic routine, before the music starts, a shortened version of the melody from the beginning of the music video appears.
P2's color scheme is incorrect on the menu square and coach selection screen, as the eye makeup and feathers are pink instead of purple.
In the menu square, it can be seen that the coach's suit is blue and yellow instead of black and purple and the red stripes on the boots are red instead of purple. In the coach selection screen, the purple part of the suit is purple with blue accents.
P2 and P3 switch color schemes in the chorus.
When P1 is in the neon version, she is seen in completely inverted colors.
"Skeezer" and "b**ch" are censored.
This is the second Nicki Minaj song in the series to have a male dancer to one of the modes. The first time was Beauty And A Beat, which is by Justin Bieber and also features Nicki.
This is also the first Nicki Minaj song in the series which is a Dance Crew; it is followed by Bang Bang and Swish Swish.
This is the third Nicki Minaj song to have a battle against another song (in this case Kiss You), after Super Bass (which goes against Love You Like A Love Song) and Beauty And A Beat (which goes against Call Me Maybe), both of which are in Just Dance 4.
In the battle routine, P1's glove is purple instead of sky blue.
This song breaks the trend that Nicki Minaj has - it is the first of her songs to not have a Hard rating, although the Extreme version of the song has a Hardest rating. This would be carried onto Bang Bang, which has no difficulty rating.
If you look closely in the extreme choreography in the line "I just want you tonight", you'll see that the dancer's feet have a black hole in them (like the "armpits hair" in We R Who We R).
If you view the Extreme routine in the eShop, the title will end with the word "test".
At launch, the Classic routine as available on Just Dance Unlimited was not synced properly, with the video being approximately 1 line ahead of the music. This was later fixed.
As seen in a tutorial video for downloading DLCs on Just Dance 2014 for your Wii U, the Extreme version was going to have a different square.
Another beta square was also found on the PAL version's instruction manual for downloading DLCs.
The pose on the second Beta square is used as album coach on Just Dance Unlimited.
If one views the routine selection menu of the song in Just Dance 2014 on their Xbox Smartglass app, they will notice that the app will show an unedited version of the Extreme coach in the square.
In the Just Dance Now files, there is a move that is named poundthealarm_powerrangers.msm, which is a reference to Power Rangers.