5 Badass EDM dance styles you've never heard of
This week, I want to talk about an activity that is inextricably tied to music: dance. Over the years of my interest in EDM, I've been struck by the unique culture among its fans. One awesome and lesser-known part of the EDM subculture is the wide range of dance styles, which can be seen at raves and concerts world-wide. Though each style undoubtedly includes non-EDM influence and origins, they have grown to become an integral part of rave and EDM culture. And it's obvious: what better way to enjoy electronic dance music than to dance? 1. Dubstep Also called animation, dubstep dancing has been growing in popularity at concerts and on the internet. Similar to pop and locking or the robot in origin, it seems that dubstep's glitchy sound has found its perfect dance counterpart. You might be familiar with this style from the 2012 season of So You Think You Can Dance, where Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer showed off his talent and made it surprisingly far in the show, despite a lack of formal dance training. The video below was recorded before Cyrus's stint on the show, and includes two other members of his dance crew, “Dragon House”.
2. Jumpstyle While many people are familiar with dubstep, jumpstyle is an EDM genre that never really reached mainstream ears. Characterized by its percussive claps on almost every beat, its dance style follows the trend by jumping on almost every beat. After trying to learn this style once, I can report that it is RIDICULOUSLY tiring, and could very easily result in a faceplant. This video recorded at a festival in Germany is a great example of jumpstyle done right; the dancer is spot on with the beat and even his mid-air spins are perfectly timed.
3. LED Gloving Mentioned in my earlier article on rave culture, LED gloving is one of the most common and amazing artforms to be found at a rave or festival, and glovers are eager to give light shows to strange crowd members and friends alike. A set of LED (light emitting diode) gloves simply consists of 2 (usually white) gloves, pretty much identical to a cheap pair of knit winter gloves. A quarter-sized light is placed at the end of each finger in the glove, giving the glover 10 different lights to work with. Furthermore, each light may have several color/strobe settings, offering tons of flexibility. You may think that watching someone wave their hands around would be boring, but I find myself instantly mesmerized by the lights and music. Watch the video below to get lost in the performance of an insane glover.
4. Hardstyle Shuffle Though you may not be familiar with hardstyle music, most people remember the shuffling featured in LMFAO's Party Rock music video. Interestingly enough, this style was directly taken from the hardstyle or melbourne shuffle, though the slower tempo of Party Rock gave the dance a totally different feel. Usually hardstyle is an extremely fast type of dance music, and hardstyle dancers have a fast pace to keep. Though not the most varied of dance forms, shuffling clearly takes a lot of skill and is incredibly fun to break out at shows.
5. LED Hooping Ever play with a hula hoop as a child? Personally, I could never keep it on my waist for more than 3 sefconds, so I was even more impressed by the insane skills of the hoopers I've seen at shows and on youtube. Bringing a hula hoop to an EDM show isn't always an option, but the dancing, tricks, and “flow” of hoop dancing is a great way to experience and appreciate the music when circumstances allow. Check out the video below for some sick hooping moves