Shuffling: The Dance Movement That Refused to Die

Shuffling has dominated the club scene for decades. The popular dance move began in late eighties and was quite popular in electro and Melbourne trance scenes. It was well known back then as the Melbourne shuffle. It involved fast toe to heel moves and was quite similar to the eighties techno dance moves. What made the shuffle different from trance and techno was the involvement of well coordinated hand movements that the rest lacked.

The popularity of shuffling grew in the 90s all the way to the 2000s due to rapid development in technology that made it possible for anyone to capture videos and share them on social sites such as YouTube and Vine. Creative dancers built upon existing moves and created their own variants with even more new styles of shuffling. By the late 2000s it had evolved to a completely new style different from the classic 80s moves. The name Melbourne was no longer associated with the dance. It was known simply as shuffling.

Where did shuffling come from?

It is hard to picture dance music without shuffling, yeah I mean taking a few steps and swinging your hands outwards. The late 80s were dominated by electric rave scenes and energetic dance moves. Somewhere in Melbourne, a unique dance style dubbed the Melbourne Shuffle was born, and in a few years it had shuffled itself to the farthest corners of the world. It was an iconic dance that was adaptable to any music genre. Its adaptability gave rise to so many styles of the shuffle that it was no longer attributed to its Melbourne origins. In fact, not many people relate shuffling to Melbourne anymore, just like many shuffle revelers cannot pinpoint Melbourne in the world map.

The core shuffling moves

For the benefit of visitors from outer space and anyone who’s just crawled out of some rocky enclave, let’s describe the core moves in shuffling. The dance has evolved much and is still evolving to date. You can’t describe it as a single move or style. The best way to describe it is as an intricate combination of toe-to-heel movements, jumps, kicks, and coordinated hand actions to create a fluid rhythmic shuffle. Creativity and coordination of arms, legs, and the torso are all you need to learn the shuffling dance. Here are some of the most popular shuffling dance steps:

  • The T-step is probably the easiest shuffling step you can learn. It is the basic shuffle movement and forms the backbone of the dance style. It is also the easiest to learn. Basically, you put one foot forward creating a “T” with the soles of your feet. You then simply lift up one foot pushing you knee forward and shuffling the other foot before swinging back to your original position. It’s just as simple as that.
  • The running man is another popular shuffling step that you can pick up quite easily. There are many variants of the running man, but the most popular and easy to learn, is the one where you mimic a running man while rooted on the same spot. Think of the treadmill and you’ve just learned the running man shuffling step.
  • Spin and kick steps are incorporated to the T-step and running man to add style and flair to the dance. Spins and kicks let the dancer move in any direction they want, while still maintaining the flow of the dance.

Adding color to your shuffle

There are many ways you can add a pop to your shuffling. You can of course come up with creative variations to the original dance steps, but with the right attire, you’ll easily steal the show. Colorful tees and LED shoes are just the thing you need to add flair to your shuffle. Light up the dance floor while executing your shuffle kicks and spins in colorful LED shoes for adults.

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