Monday, February 18, 2008
Learn the Jumpstyle
Not too long ago I encountered a peculiar video depicting a relatively new style of dancing. That heavy, repetitive beat you hear is an offshoot of my all-time favorite hardcore techno sub-genre, gabber.
I've yet to familiarize myself with the jumpstyle canon. But from what I've seen and heard so far, this sub-sub-genre rules about as much as gabber itself. So if you're growing weary of the waltz, the charleston, the freak, the headbang, the square dance, the jig, the polka, the skank, the tango, the salsa, the electric slide, ballet, interpretive, tap, belly, ballroom, swing, contra, English or Scottish country, Nordic polska, kolo or, God forbid, Bhangra, Giddha and Bollywood, then expand your horizons and learn the steps of jumpstyle.
Photo courtesy Dan Dickinson's blog, where there is plenty more about the jumpstyle phenomenon.