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Here's "Tecktonik," the latest French clubbing dance craze

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So, word is on the other side of the pond, French kids like Cali, le super clubber, above, are all into this "tecktonik" dancing business. Agence France-Presse has hailed it "a new homespun urban dance phenomenon ... a mix of hip-hop and techno dance." Um... well, Cali here is certainly getting down impressively, and he can go on with his bad self. But I'm not sure I see what's so new here. Looks like a mix of old Nineties rave-style liquid dancing, mixed with a weaker version of Chicago footwork and, say, circuit party shirtless attitude.

Plus the background music... oy!!! Does this mean there is also a revival of this horribly high-BPM so-called hardstyle junk? This amphetamine-speed stuff was responsible for robbing much of the soul from house and techno in the Nineties, the first time around, and for giving all electronic dance music a bad rap among the uninformed. Can we leave it behind in the candy raver rooms of yesteryear?

Here's a more impressive example, IMHO, of a regional dance, said Chicago footwork... From teh city that brought us house music! Check the video for "Watch My Feet" by Dude n Nem... A hip-hopped-up dance workout with a breakdown that's set to a breakneck-pace 4/4... Now you know. -- Arielle Castillo

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