The Midwest has some of the fastest dancing you have ever seen. One might make the mistake of thinking that this style of dance, because of the speedy footwork, is somehow related to River dancing, but they would be mistaken. The roots of these dances, especially the young ladies’ hip rolling, are going straight to the Motherland.
Detroit has long had a tradition of dance called the Jit. It’s been over 30 years since the dance craze took over the city, but unlike other fad dances that come and go, it stuck. The jit was born from Detroit’s signature Techno sound created by Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. They were the central element to the new sound of the late 20th century club scene.
Dance battles are equally as old and now they are gaining momentum outside of New York’s Break dancing and Cali’s Crunk dancing scene. Chicago’s Juke dancing, which appears to be a derivitive of Detroit’s Jit, is hitting the battle scene hard in Chi-town. The ladies battle with a dance called Hip Rolling. The dance appears to be a mixture of belly dancing mixed with some stripper moves. Ciara has singlehandedly created and popularized a lot of these moves that they are using in their “battle.”
Check them out. I’ve given you a little of all of them. We’re going to start with Chicago’s Footwork Kingz vs. the Footwork Godz. I’ll save the best for last.
And now, Detroit’s finest…JITTING JESUS