About a year ago, I started noticing the kids doing a crazy, fast paced, funky footed moves on dance floors at random hip hop clubs. At first, I was caught a little off guard as to why anyone would want to dance that fast, especially to hip hop, when the head nod to the beat or an uptempo two step, was suffice for the style of music that is currently popular. Over time, the style of dance was grew on me, and I wanted to find out more about it, especially after watching Chance the Rapper take time out of his live show at the Ottawa RBC Bluesfest 2015, to show the crowd his fancy Chicago Footwork.
To my surprise, Chicago footwork has been a street dance style that originated in Chicago in the 80’s. The dance involving fast moving feet, combined with twist and turns, evolved from an earlier music style called juke, a change accredited to R.P. Boo, who is considered a pioneer. The style was popularized outside Chicago by inclusion in the music video for Dude ‘n Nem’s 2007 single “Watch My Feet”.
The dance style has also spurred a sound referred too as the “Chicago Footwork Sound”, which has been on the rise over the last few years, bringing about fresh new DJ’s and producers of the sound. As, well hip hop artists have been carrying the Chicago sound and footwork as a flag, proudly reppin’ their city. The music is dope and so is the footwork. However, I would encourage you to watch the video below and stretch before you start using this fancy foot work at your nearest dance club.
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