The Melbourne Shuffle developed in the late 1980s and early 90s at Melbourne rave parties. It is a fun expression with fast fancy footwork in a small area.
Rave parties are all night dance parties where electronic dance music is accompanied by laser light shows, projected images, and artificial fog.
The Shuffle was one of several dances of the acid house era. Acid house refers to a repetitive, hypnotic trance-like dance style, which had emerged from House Music, an electronic dance music that developed in Chicago in the 1980s.
The Melbourne Shuffle evolved organically from Melburnian's love of dance and music. It is a fun jump and slide style and was originally called Stomping.
It is more a concept that you can play with than a set of dance steps. It continues to be shared, added on and experimented with. It is a free style that encourages freedom of expression.
In the late 1990s it was picked up internationally and named the Melbourne Shuffle. It became a cultural phenomenon in the dance music scene.
Here are the basic steps (by BigMilan) if you want to learn how to shuffle:
Rave parties are associated with the use of drugs. While the Melbourne Shuffle is an art form and fun, we do not condone the use of drugs.
Drugs are destructive to creativity, the individual and the building of a future.
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