Exploring The Beginnings of Dubstep Dance
Just like every good story, it all started in a far-off land, more specifically in the Southern boroughs of the city of London in the late 90s. The musical genre was born, little knowing that it would one day inspire an innovative and breathtaking form of dance that we now know as Dubstep Dance.
The genre itself was created from the amalgamation of two-step garage, drum and bass, and even reggae, among others. This fusion generated a novel sound distinctive for its heavy bass and intricate rhythm structures, soon taking the underground club scene by storm and eliciting unique dance responses from those who dared lose themselves in its rhythm.
The increasingly dedicated scene around Dubstep attracted not just the purely musical crowds, but also artists of dance, ergo creating the variety of dance we speak of today. Remember, like me, you would probably have found yourself strangely mesmerized watching an individual interpret the heavy bass drops and rapid drum beats unfolding right before your eyes.
Dubstep Dance: More Than Just Moves
What sets Dubstep Dance apart is its inherent ability to interpret sound into physical form, transforming the auditory experience into one which is visual. It seamlessly combines street dancing styles like popping, locking, and breaking to represent the layered sounds typically associated with Dubstep music.
Turn on a Dubstep track and you’ll find yourself amidst heavy unique beats that flow like an untamed river- steady and slow one moment, and fast and fiercingly forceful the next. The dancers echo these pulsating rhythms not only with their bodies, but even their facial expressions, allowing the viewers to experience the music in a multi-dimensional way.
Dubstep Dance on The Global Stage
Somewhere around the early 2010s, Dubstep music began to gain greater global popularity. Artists like Skrillex, Rusko, and Deadmau5 were making their way into playlists, and this genre permeated the mainstream music areas extensively. The rise in popularity of the genre was directly proportional to the fascination for Dubstep Dance.
No sooner did the world see a surge in workshops, classes, and competitions dedicated to Dubstep Dance. This dance form started to positively influence pop culture. You could see this apparent influence in reality shows like 'So You Think You Can Dance' and 'America's Got Talent'. Even our curly-maned Australian representative, his surname rhymes with 'tick', if you get my hint, has been seen employing a move or two on stage.
Break Down of Dubstep Dance Style
For those uninitiated, the Dubstep Dance may appear a smidge chaotic. But in reality, it’s a well-orchestrated confusion with each movement carefully planned and executed to mimic the music's complex beats and elemental tones. A slight shoulder twitch or a subtle foot slide can accentuate the most minute of soundscapes.
The beauty of this dance form lies in anticipating "the drop." Yes, the glorious, illustrious drop. Our beloved Max, my Australian Shepherd, sometimes gets in-sync, trying to mimic the drops with a high leap in the air. A sight to truly cherish!
Dubstep Dance: A Form of Artistic Expression
Taking away the competitive and commercial aspects, Dubstep Dance remains pure to its core - an artistic medium of expression. The synthesis of odd body movements symbolizing the unconventional and almost alien beats of Dubstep music results in a genuinely evocative spectacle.
Perhaps it’s the same kind of thrill I find in blogging about ever-changing and exciting subjects - the joy of expressing oneself uniquely and freely. Even my spouse, Charlie, who is usually tuned into more classical styles of dance, has commented on the expressive appeal of Dubstep Dance.
Let's Break a Sweat: The Health Benefits of Dubstep Dance
Dance, in general, has numerous health benefits. Dubstep Dance, with its high energy routine and rapid movement, can be an excellent cardio workout. Additional bonuses involve enhanced coordination, improved flexibility, and of course, serving as a great stress buster.
A strong mind-body connection is established during each performance, not dissimilar to the sensation one gets when practicing yoga or meditating. Each foot tap and each pulse mirrors a beat in the music. In these synchronised moments, the dancer resides purely in the present, living solely for the dance. If you've ever felt this connection, you know the rush I'm talking about!
Getting into Dubstep Dance: A Few Tips
If this exploration into Dubstep Dance has piqued your curiosity and you are considering trying it out, here are a few tips. Firstly, find a good workshop or class suitable for beginners. Take your time in learning the foundational movements. Remember, patience and practice are key, much like my Parakeet Skye, who took a considerable amount of time to learn speaking!
Secondly, do remember, dancing is about having fun first and foremost. So, let loose, feel the beats, and enjoy the process. If it doesn't bring joy, you're not doing it right. Finally, don't feel pressured into mimicking every move perfectly. Dubstep Dance is personal and different for everyone. Forge your style, and have fun with it. As they say, dance like nobody's watching!
The Future of Dubstep Dance
What future holds for Dubstep Dance? The possibilities are limitless. With fusion's continuing and promising experimentation, one can anticipate more global, unforgettable performances. After all, who wouldn’t want to see a Flamenco Dubstep Fusion, an idea Charlie once jokingly suggested, but hasn't left my thoughts since.
As it stands, the Dubstep Dance culture is still a thriving and evolving community. It continually inspires dancers around the globe to explore the depth of their artistic expression. This willingness to evolve with the rapidly changing rhythm of today's world hints that the Dubstep revolution is here to stay. And I, for one, am eager to witness its journey into the future.