Shattering the EDM stereotype

There will always be the fair share of people who are “haters” of the EDM scene and all of the stereotypes that are tied to it. You have the repetitive beats, the crazy mainstream music, the overly intense diehard rave fans, and to top it off, the only dance move anyone ever did to it was the annoying “fist pump.”

For as long as I could remember, electronic dance music (EDM) had always been something that I wasn’t really a huge fan of. As a matter of fact, I actually really hated it. At the time, I could have honestly said that the only type of people who enjoyed EDM were people who probably didn’t know what good music was. Of course I knew that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way, but hey, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion right?

In spite of this all, it’s crazy how one really great experience can completely change your perspective.

My sister and I have always been really close and whenever one of us gains a new interest, it’s inevitable for the other to gain interest in it as well. One day, my sister told me about new found interest in EDM. Knowing my thoughts about it, you can probably guess that I was far from happy. Soon half of our iTunes library was full of EDM and whenever I’d ask her to play music, that’s all that she would play. I honestly couldn’t see myself getting into it like she did.

I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt. In the summer of 2014, I agreed to let her take me to my first EDM rave event at the Guvernment (Guv) downtown. Although the club has now closed down, Guv 2.0 is now in the process of being built at the Sound Academy. Guv had always been known as the EDM club. I had no idea what to expect, but all I knew was that it could either go really great or really horribly.

 

While in the lineup, I was surrounded by these diehard rave fans who were already fist pumping before even getting into the club! All I could think to myself was, “What did I get myself into?” I didn’t want to let my sister down, but I really couldn’t see myself enjoying the night.

Once we finally got in, it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It actually looked like a lot of fun. There was just so much going on that I was intrigued. There were lightshows; the music was bumping, people dancing, and people genuinely having a good time.

I guess I didn’t really give the music a chance before since I knew what my views were towards it. It was crazy how many people were there to simply just enjoy the music. Just looking around, you could see people with their arms around their best friend, their sister, or their significant other, just swaying back and forth singing in unison to whatever song was playing. It felt like everyone in that moment was connected. It was a pretty amazing feeling. I actually felt sad that I didn’t know the lyrics to join in.

The different styles of music surprised me. I always thought that EDM was this annoying, repetitive sound that everyone always stereotyped it to be, but I had no idea that it had so many sub-genres within it. You have techno, deep house, trap, trance, and so much more. Guv had different rooms, each playing a specific sub-genre so that you didn’t have to be trapped listening to just one type.

The music had some type of spell over me, like I couldn’t sit down even if I wanted to. I couldn’t help but want to dance! The only thing was that I didn’t know how to dance to it. I didn’t want to be the person to fist pump after knowing how much I despised those who did. After looking around, I noticed people jamming to this style of dance that I’ve never seen before. I could definitely tell it was its own genre of dance although everyone dancing it had their own style to it. I later found out that the dance was referred to as “shuffling” or “cutting shapes.” I was amazed that people danced to EDM, like actually danced. All these people looked like they were having so much fun, I was determined to learn how to do it right away. Even the people who didn’t know how to shuffle didn’t care. No one cared if they looked stupid or didn’t know how to dance. Everyone could tell that everyone was having a great time, and no one judged anyone for it.

These diehard rave fans that used to annoy me so much were actually a few of the nicest people that I’ve ever met. Compared to any club that I’ve ever been to, everyone’s so welcoming and open to meeting new friends. I don’t think I saw one fight happen that entire night. These are people who all have this same interest of EDM and are coming together to enjoy it. I could honestly say that it was one of the most fun nights of my life.

Fast forward to today, I love going to EDM rave events, I love the music, I love cutting shapes, I love the people, and I could honestly say that I love EDM.

It goes to show no one matter how strong your attitude may be towards something, there’s always a chance that one really great experience can ultimately change that for the better.

Have you ever had something you disliked but ended up surprisingly enjoying it after giving it a chance?

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Niki Padua is a public relations advanced diploma student at Humber College. She will take any opportunity to dance when she can, will cook whatever is left in the kitchen, and is constantly craving for the beach and some sun.

How to become the best shuffler at your next rave event

When my sister brought me to my first dance music (EDM) rave event, I was introduced to a new genre of dance that really intrigued me which was called “shuffling.” I was amazed to see that people were actually dancing rather than doing those generic moves that people typically do at club events such as stepping side-to-side or grinding on one another. People were doing actual dance moves to this style of dance that I’ve never seen before. I couldn’t help but want to join in.

The “Melbourne Shuffle,” more popularly known as “shuffling,” is a style of dance that typically moves to techno, trance and house style music. The movements consist of quick heel-to-toe action moves, and the basic running man, with variations of arm movements and spins. The style may seem a bit difficult to master at first, but over time you will find that the basic movements will become natural and you’ll notice that you won’t want to stop dancing.

Although this dance style has developed quite a bit over the years, learning and mastering these basic movements will allow you to add your own variation and eventually develop your own style to it. To help you achieve being an expert shuffler, I will be teaching you the two main steps: the “T-step,” and “The Running Man.”

The T-Step

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1. Start with your feet placed in a “T” shape with your feet facing outwards.

2. Lift the foot that is placed in front as high as your mid-calf while lifting your knee upward.

 

As you are lifting your right foot, you will drag your left foot inward so that it’s now    pointed straight forward. Make sure that you do this at the same time as lifting your foot.

3. The next step is to place your lifted foot back on the ground while shuffling over your left foot so that it is once again pointing outward from your body. At this point you should be back to your original “T” shape that you started in. Make sure not to plant all your weight on your front foot when placing it down since you will be picking it back up again shortly.

 

4. Continue this movement about five more times while ensuring that your movements are carrying you across the floor in the right direction rather than staying in one spot.

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5. After doing this, apply the same moves on the opposite legs while now carrying your movements in the left direction.

 

6. Practice doing this move five times in each direction eventually applying a smoother transition whenever switching sides.

To see how the move looks at a faster place, click here.

The Running Man

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  1. Start with your left foot about one foot in front of your right one. Make sure that your left foot is planted with all your weight down, while your right foot only has a little bit of weight on the toes.

 

  1. Lift your right foot off the ground (the back foot) with your knee upwards, while your left foot (the front foot) slides in so that your leg is straight and directly under your body. Make sure to do this at the same time.

 

  1. Place your right foot (the foot that’s up) back on the ground slightly in front of you, while your left foot (the foot on the ground) slides back about the distance of its own length. Make sure to do this at the same time. You should now be back at position you were when you first started, except with opposite legs. Make sure to always keep your weight only slightly on the toes for whichever foot is at the back. This will make it easier for you to lift the foot when doing the movement at a faster pace.

 

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4. Continue to do the same movement on the opposite leg/foot.

 

5. Once you’ve gotten down how to do this move at a slow pace, challenge yourself and try doing it at a faster speed.

To see how the move looks at a faster pace, click here.

 

Congratulations, you’ve now learned the basics on how to shuffle and are on the road to being a master shuffler! Don’t be discouraged if you can’t nail these moves right away. The more you do it, the more you will be comfortable with it and eventually you’ll be rocking to these moves without even thinking about it. After all, practice makes perfect.

What type of things have you ever come across that intrigued you to learn yourself?

 

 

 

 

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Niki Padua is a public relations advanced diploma student at Humber College. She will take any opportunity to dance when she can, will cook whatever is left in the kitchen, and is constantly craving for the beach and some sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TOP THREE BENEFITS OF DANCING

Have you ever had that one thing you could turn to when you were stressed, bored, or even scared? Ever since I was younger, dance was the one thing I could always turn to no matter the circumstance, and it still continues to shape who I am today.

There are so many reasons as to why you should dance, and I’m here to tell you why you should, even if you think you can’t.

DANCE INCREASES SELF CONFIDENCE.

For some of us, people assume that we’re shy because of the fact that we’re quiet. Really all that’s going through your mind is, “If only they knew how loud I was with my friends.” We all have it within us, but for some of us it just takes a little more to let that side out.  When I compare how I am now to how shy I was before, I’ve come a long way, and a lot of it has to do with dance. Of course you’re going to be nervous to try it at first, but just like in everyday life, the more you do it, the more comfortable you get. Because of dance, I started to apply this outlook to my everyday life, helping me to become more courageous as a person.

All it takes is trying something out of our comfort zone in order to overcome any type of fear. It’s scary to think of dancing with so many people watching you, but once you try it, you’ll see it’s not that bad. You gain a greater sense of self-awareness. When you’re dancing, you’re free from what others are thinking and you’re also free from any type of self-criticism. You become so into the rhythm and the beat of the music that no one could affect you once you’re in that state. Over time you’ll start noticing that you’re becoming more confident about your body, and you’ll start feeling more self-assured than you’ve ever felt before. The focus then turns away from those around you, and you start to focus more on yourself.

DANCING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH.

Dancing is one of the few exercises that target multiple muscle groups at the same time. You have your legs working, your arms, your core, and on top of that you’re burning off that Big Mac that you felt so guilty about. I’ll be out dancing all night dancing and the next day I am so sore that I can barely walk. You know when people tweet #legday after they come back from the gym? I do the same thing, but the only difference is that I’m coming back from dancing.

Dance can also be a way to rid your mind of any negativity. When you dance, your brain releases endorphins which bring feelings of pleasure. Basically, this means that it’s impossible to be anything but happy once you’re at it. You already feel that sense of happiness immediately after you dance. Imagine what that negativity can turn into if you made dancing a regular thing.  Anything stressful holding you back, you leave it behind on the dance floor and once you come back, you have a fresh new mindset. They say dance is a form of expression, so express yourself. Don’t keep it bottled inside.

LASTLY, TO PUT IT SIMPLY, DANCING IS FUN.

Of course you’ll always bump into those few people who say, “I hate dancing”, but the truth is they probably haven’t even given it a fair chance. Whenever my sister and I are doing homework, we’ll be playing music in the background and as soon as the beat drops, we’ll drop all our books, get up, start dancing for 2 minutes straight, and continue studying so out of breath. It’s such a great way to keep yourself sane while doing homework.

Now, people say that smoking or drinking is a social thing; dance is a social thing too. Every month, my cousins, my sisters and I always try to look for at least one event that we could go to together and just have fun dancing. It definitely brings us closer as a family. And how great is it doing something so fun with the people you enjoy being around.

In the process you even meet so many new people. And no, these people weren’t creeps who were just trying to get my number, although you may encounter the odd few, but these are people who just love your energy and are having fun just because you are.

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The fact that dance increases self-confidence, is good for your health, and is fun, are just a few of the many reasons on why dancing is such an amazing thing to do. It’s also good to note the many reasons why you should dance, which can be seen here.Dancing is something you can never go wrong with. Take a risk; try it! Go out sometime this month; take a break from your hectic lives and just dance. What’s the worst that could come from it? Want to know more? Click here.

Niki Padua is a public relations advanced diploma student at Humber College. She will take any opportunity to dance when she can, will cook whatever is left in the kitchen, and is constantly craving for the beach and some sun.