James Brown teaches you how to dance


"I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know."

(via John Curley)

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Swing Dancers vs. Street Dancers, who wins?

A battle at the Montreal Swing Riot:

Modern Street Dancers represented waacking, locking, popping, breaking, hip hop and krump: Taminator, Venom, Wook, Rawss, Bourrik, Ddimplz, Treklock , Scramblelock, Boombeast, Jigsaw, Cherry and Zepol Rock.

Vintage Street Dancers represented vernacular jazz dances like the Charleston and the Lindy Hop: Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook, Annie Trudeau, Aleix Prats Ferrer, Joyss, Gina Helfrich, Anthony Chen, Rebecka Decavita, Emelie Decavita, Zack Richard, Natalia Rueda, Jonathan Desroches and Marie-Anne Rochon.

(video by Alain Wong)

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Ballroom dancing in a busy NYC crosswalk

Charlie from Improv Everywhere sent us this video of their latest piece, "Ballroom Crosswalk," which features some genuinely great dancing in a NYC crosswalk, but even better is staged with a slow burn that pays off beautifully at the end! Read the rest

Physiology of "Bone Breaking" street dancing

My friends at Youth Radio interviewed a sports medicine physician, who used to dance with Cirque du Soleil, about the anatomy of "bone breaking," the incredible form of turf dancing where the performers rhythmically contort, pop, and flex their bodies in crazy ways.

Below, Youth Radio's earlier video about turf dancing.

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Dig this fun 1960 hipster dance party!


"Bohemian dancing it's called, and these kids start dressing up where the 'teds' and 'weirdies' left off." Read the rest

WATCH: Sylvia Pavone hula hoop dances to synchronized graphics


Dancer Silvia Pavone combined hula hoops and abstract projected animation to create a mesmerizing performance on The John Bishop Show. Read the rest

WATCH: Chaperone at concert makes the best of a dad situation

Taking the kids to see The Vamps? Might as well bust some old school moves and have more fun a than those bored dads at One Direction concerts. Read the rest

Phase-shifted torsos and impossibly acrobatic legs: the black-and-white tights dance

By Crom, what sorcery is this? These women with their motley tights have backdoored my brain's habitual human-recognition heuristics and keep fooling my eye into seeing impossible acrobatic half-humans with phase-shifted torsos!

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Man does "karate dance" to Offspring tune

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Algoraves: dancing to algorithms

Alex sez, "Algoraves are parties where people come together to dance to algorithms. It generally involves some live coding but any producers making music "wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive conditionals' are welcome. Generally some aspect of the algorithmic processes are visible, but the focus is actually on the audience, and having serious fun. We've had a few parties across the UK and Germany, and are spreading further afield in Mexico and Australia. The concept is still developing though, and is being defined by whoever turns up."

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Blondie's Debbie Harry explains how to Pogo

Debbie Harry in 1978 explaining how to Pogo.

Fame (1980): Leroy Johnson's "audition"

From the original, and still brilliant, 1980 film Fame, the late Gene Anthony Ray's "audition" as Leroy Johnson. Wicked. His partner Shirley Mulholland, played by Carol Massenburg? A disaster. That's ok, she didn't want to spend four fucking years in that ass-licking school anyway.

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"Zilla March": flexing in the New York subways

Flexing, or bone breaking, is a mix of street dancing and contortionist movements mostly specific to Brooklyn. This video in particular is mesmerizing, almost ritualistic with this group of shirtless guys in gas masks all dancing together in the subway. Other riders seem to either not notice them or look on in a trance.

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Hypnotic folk dance

Found by @nomatterband and Robert Popper, who notes that one must watch to the very end. Read the rest