When I think of Chicago, several things come to mind: Da Bears, Maxwell street polish, deep dish pizza, Harold, The Sears Willis Tower and House music. Chicago is the originators of House…don’t be fooled by the copy cats!
But one thing to emerge from Chicago that has spawned several variations around the Midwest to the South is Footwork. The hyper-energetic, street tango that is quite mesmerizing-hypnotizing really. The music that the footworkers dance to is House music on an acid trip.
MTV , hosted by Sway, gave an in dept look into the Chicago scene through the program My Block.
I found out that Chicago’s Jukin’ has some roots in Memphis with Jookin’ and Buckin’.
And if you want to get really-really explorative you can see the similarities in Africa.
Look at the audience fashioned in a Theater-in-the-Round setting as the dancer or actor is in the center. Pretty powerful stuff. Enjoy Movement Monday!