Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Melbourne Shuffle in World Of Warcraft 2

Here's the second vid from Shuffler gorakaraz1 otherwise known as Jonas Agersø from Denmark.

Good to see the new improved version. Bit of (MC) Hammer slide in there as well.

And I agree with many comments in forums such as on Clept.net , Yes there has got to be a rave in World of Warcraft !!

In fact Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool is organising one for May 17 2008 for the Global Shuffle. So start practicing and stay tooned for more info.

It'd be great I reckon, if the dance programing for characters was open for developers too. Get some serious shuffle avatars happening.

Like for instance instead of hat-tricks with your cap, there could be 'head-tricks, where you could spin your head around or lift it off and juggle it while shuffling :)

And there'd have to be some sort of flying shuffle, do it on a dragons back or something. Have one with your feet on fire...

Any WoW's who can offer more info about doing parties and developing characters? Please very much, get in touch!!

Garry Shepherd  cybafaeries@gmail.com

 

Other WoW links.

WoW Main site, forums etc www.worldofwarcraft.com

WoW Dancing tools http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/races/dancing.html

 

Melbourne Shuffle in World of Warcraft 2

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Commodore 64. 25th Birthday





With around 20 million sold between 1982 and 1994, the Commodore is the biggest selling computer model in history. This 8-bit marvel with "high resolution & sound synthesiser" had over 10,000 game titles for it as well.



The Computer History Museum, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Pong designer Al Acorn and a bunch of others, got together earlier this week (10 Dec 2007) to celebrate the achievement with a tribute to 79 year old Jack Tramiel, Founder and CEO, Commodore International (Pic below credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET News.com).



Jack, who in the late 1980's went on to become CEO of Atari Computers, still has a Commodore 64, he plays PacMan on it for a few minutes every day :)





"Mr. Tramiel founded Commodore Business Machines in 1955 as a typewriter service and sales company. Over the years, as office machines became more technologically advanced so did Commodore's products, advancing through electric typewriters, adding machines, desktop and handheld calculators, programmable calculators finally culminating in personal computers.



Commodore entered the home computer business at its inception, in 1977, with the PET computer. Following the slogan "Computers for the masses, not the classes", all of Commodore's computers were high-powered but low-priced.



The PET was followed, in 1980, by the VIC-20, the first microcomputer to sell more than one million units. The Commodore 64, introduced in 1982, remains the highest selling single computer model in history and launched the computer careers of much of the computer industry."



... extract from the Computer History Museum Commodore 64 25th Anniversary celebration video. http://archive.computerhistory.org/lectures/impact_of_the_commodore_64_a_25_anniversary_celebration_lecture.2007.12_EDITED.wmv



    You can still get Commodore 64 games and programs today, which will run on any modern computer see the c64 website for details and downloads





    Today, apart from his Commodore 64, Jack Tramiel uses a Dell Computer.



    I had a Commodore 64 like pretty well everyone who had a computer in the early 1980's. The Apple11e PC was 3 times the price for the same power, and the next step up from PC's were mainframe type computers that IBM built, with central processing units that took up an entire room.



    I wanted a PET in 1977, but they never got distributed to Australia. I've only got the original brochure from 1977 promising the availability in April/May 1978.





    I remember being crushed with disappointment when the PET was discontinued, but got really happy when the Commodore 64 came out.



    But I bought this computer before my Commodore 64, the 1984 Yamaha CX5M computer synth, with a prehistoric Microsoft (1983) music software program. It has 32K RAM...yes 'K'. It still works, I've still got it





    This is what it sounds like.



    As a Happy Birthday tribute, I''ve just uploaded a track I did on the CX5M when the Commodore 64 was just 3 years old. So this is a Youtube Premier ! yay



    It's called OBEY. Taken from a classic John Carpenter cult movie called 'They Live' (1988). Aliens from another planet infiltrate Earth with subliminal messages on giant billboard etc in a very big brother sort of way. One of the billboard commands is OBEY, in the same font as in the video art work.





    Alien from THEY LIVE by John Carpenter 1988



    We did real life pirate TV broadcasts from my Commerce House studio too and part of the feedback imagery is included in this clip.



    So Happy Birthday Commodore 64



    OBEY



    Download or Stream MP3 music





























    Get this widget Track details eSnips Social DNA




    8-Bit Music 1985 and 8-Bit Vision 1992.





    There's a brilliant They Live fight scene staring Rowdy Roddy Piper a pro wrestler (The white guy in pic below) who tries to convince his friend to put on the 'special sunglasses', which let the wearer see the aliens and read the subliminal messages.





    It's a great fight scene, you've gotta check it out. You'll be yelling...'Just put on the sunglasses' within minutes



    THEY LIVE fight scene 1988.





    Sort of got off the track with the Commodore 64 25th birthday with all this 1980's stuff, but regular Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool visitors will be getting used to that sort of thing with me ;)



    Here's some links to some great histories of the early digital era, which in reality was not all that long ago, but in online years is the stone age... and we love it!! :) After all the wheel is very ancient technology, but we can still find a use for it today landing space shuttles.







    Thursday, December 13, 2007

    Jump Is Dead - Go Shuffle

    Jump Style is dead, time for the Melbourne Shuffle, so Cyril Rosman wrote a few days ago (8 December 2007) in the Dutch online magazine BN DeStem .

    I'm sure his comments will be debated with some considerable passion amongst our Dutch and Belgian friends on a forum or two :)

    Most shufflers aren't too interested in being compared with other dance styles, as in one being better or worse than the other, especially jump style. I've seen a number of shufflers break into jump, when they've felt the need.

    But these comparisons inevitably get made anyhow. All part of the broader dance scene.

    • That said, it's nice the story wasn't: Shuffle's Dead - Go Jump !! (whew) ;))

    I would like to thank Cyril Rosman and BN DeStern for mentioning the Global Shuffle in the article too, and linking to Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool.

    Here's a very rough google translation of the article, below... I'd recognise those Shuffle feet in the story graphic anywhere too, good on ya BigMilan ;)

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    http://www.bndestem.nl/gutz/2287403/Daaaaag-jumpPiet-go-shuffle.ece

    Saturday, December 8, 2007-Breda At a time when the conservative old men Elsevier there was about writing, it became a lot less fun. And when he won a jump - Piet came and eight children went with it to the hype, it was for the jumpstyle fans of the first hour really beyond: jump is dead!

    After gabber killed another dance craze on the cliffs of commerce. Time therefore for the emergence of a new underground dance style.

    John Pertijs, owner of feesttempel Zalinaz in Etten-Leur, it is still a little cautious: "Jump is a bit on his return. If small children will find fun, it is a bit on for the rest. Gabber - Piet was bad for the gabber, now there Jump - Piet, then the underground it is not fun anymore. " In Zalinaz are still jumpfeesten. "But the celebrations are more popular Lipstick: eclectic house. Hardstyle still popular."

    In Breda has a new dance of championing: shuffle. It would be just the new thing in town can be. Al hopes Bredanaar Maurice (14) there really is not. "It isjuist fun because there are few people who do it. Now is the particular and people are still looking for: what does that guy now?"

    Maurice 'discovered' shuffle along with a friend via youtube. "We thought it was fun and go practice. We are now a little below the knee, although we are still not very good, hear. But I think we are still the only two schools who can and do. Another fun thing because you are good you can lose energy when you are at a party. "

    Shuffle is totally different than jumping. By shuffle is precisely the intention that your feet as much as possible on the ground. Flitsend footwork is the most important. You can back and forth shuffelen, but only in the same area.

    Shuffle is not really new. It originated in the early nineties - underground house scene of Melbourne (Australia) and is therefore also known as the Melbourne Shuffle. According to Belgian bloggers zoemt dance already a year go through that country. In the USA, in the New York Annual Dance Parade of May 17 next year even a separate area reserved for the Shufflers: Global Shuffle.

    In the Netherlands, the shuffle already known for a while, but not doorgebroken. Already there appear more and more Dutch people with their own movie on youtube.

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    So there ya go, the Melbourne Shuffle is known, 'but not doorgebroken'

    Would one of our Dutch or Belgian readers like to translate 'doorgebroken' for us. I have no idea what it means, neither did google :) Just post in the comments, that would be great, thanx


    Sunday, December 9, 2007

    Melbourne Shuffle in World of Warcraft

     

    The shuffle is truly spreading everywhere, even to online game World of Warcraft

    Shuffler gorakaraz1 otherwise known as Jonas Agersø from Denmark, has just posted this great hardstyle shuffle compilation in the World of Warcraft environment.

    Excellent Jonas !!!

    What a place for a shuffle meet :)) Gotta be more of it :))))

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    WoW Main site, forums etc www.worldofwarcraft.com

    WoW Dancing tools http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/races/dancing.html

     

     

    Wednesday, December 5, 2007

    Shifter @ Junior Sports Carnival -Angsana J.B (Malaysia) Dec 2007

    Shifter Shuffle School ! Well not quite ;) but this Junior Sports Carnival at Angsana J.B (Malaysia) December 1&2 2007 was done in conjunction with the Ministry Of Education and TV3 which broadcast it nationally.

    Shifter's in this event: Iqal, Izam, Kechik, Afiez, Afie & Faez. Well done guys.

    So how would you like to have the Shuffle as part of your school work? :))) Check it out with your local schools, most schools have some form of exercise programs, so why not Shuffling!! Ask a teacher, get the ball rolling.

     

    Saturday 1st December 2007

     

    Sunday 2nd December 2007

    Thursday, November 29, 2007

    Monday, November 19, 2007

    Xmas City Travillion Party. Kuching Malaysia. 22-25 Dec 2007

     

    Xmas City Promo vid

     

    It’s a 3 nites event which kicks-off on the 22nd Dec nite called the Xmas City Travillion Party, held at Travillion Commercial Centre starting from 9p.m. you get a free drink when you come with your ticket to any of the participating club. They even have lucky draw on that nite too, plus free admission for your friends and family!

    On the following day 23rd Dec, it’s the Xmas City Santa & Santarina Run which is gonna be held at Kuching Waterfront at 7.30a.m. in the morning. As the event name said, it’s a RUN not a party. Cool prizes to be won for that event.

    More details and registration enquiries, www.xmascity.net

    Lastly on the Christmas Day itself, it will be a Xmas City Cocktail Party to be held at Civic Centre Hall. it’s gonna start at 6.30 pm

    DJ's:
    <> X-Statik (Melbourne AUS) Tech Trance
    <> Cbell J (Miri) Trance
    <> Jellybeanx (Kuching) House

    This event will end at around 11p.m. but not worry. after that, there’ll be an after-party event at Zen & MC3 feat. X-Statik & Cbell J as guest djs for those who couldn’t get enough!

    Before i forget, ticket price is at RM 25.00 per head and you can get it from these outlets in Kuching:
    - Aarofitness
    - Gizmo Gamers
    - Star Cineplex
    - Zen
    - Le-Rendezvous
    - BarZing


    This event is Supported By :-
    Official Telco Partner Celcom

    Official Sponsors  Heineken & Pepsi 'Sting'

    Promotional Partners Star Cineplex, Hive, Cats Radio, Gizmo Gamers, Aarofitness

    Participating Outlets Amoebar, Barzing, City Jungle, Le-Rendezvous, MC3, Zen

    Event's official website: www.xmascity.net

    Comments/discussions on this event: www.mash.com.my/index....opic=694.0


    Cheers!
    Elvin (Jellybeanx)
    Tribezone Events
    Edited by Gracie @ Celt - Event's co-supporter MASH Clubbing Community
    www.MASH.com.my  www.ah.fm x-statik.myspace

    Sunday, November 18, 2007

    SHUFFLE MEET 8 December 2007. Melbourne. FED SQUARE STAGE at 12 Saturday

    Well meet up at the fed square stage area at lyk 12 i'll b there around 11 probably earlier with some friends and once everyones arrives we can move spots =]
    hope u all can make it.

    More Info at Melbshuffle Forum

    http://www.melbshuffle.com/index.php?topic=5213.msg63996#msg63996

    Saturday, November 17, 2007

    Pasir Gudang - Shuffle Festival & Competition - Malaysia

    www.pen5group.com

    Over 40 teams and 40 solo shufflers competed at the recent Shuffle Festival and Competition in Pasir Gudang (Malaysia) last week (10 November 2007).

    Malaysian Shufflers have really got a good thing going here. I know plenty of Shufflers around the world, would just love to have any event like this, let alone so many in it.

    • Event organiser's, please let us know when your events are on, we would be happy to promote them for you on Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool. Email details to Garry Shepherd cybafaeries@gmail.com

    And the Winners are...

    WINNER: SHIFTER

    1st Runner-up : JB Rocka
    2nd Runner-up : Hard Kid

    Congratulations to all of you !!!

    And to the other contestants, Good on You, and how about posting your vids online too, we want to see who you are as well :)

    So here's some great vids of the Shuffle Festival and Competition in Pasir Gudang 10 November 2007.

     

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    WINNER: SHIFTER

    Very well done again Shifter, you're certainly on a roll with these wins. Good to see 'everyone' from Shifter in the pic this time too ;) 

    Shifter are showing some impressive synchronization skills now, the result of lots and lots of practice. The moving circle is great and the white gloves a nice touch. Winning performance all around. The Shufflers at this event are Noe, Dien, Izam, Kechik, Afiez, Abby, Saha & Faez

    shifter hardstyle prodigy @ Pasir Gudang

    And Shifter's latest shuffle vid, having a lot of fun with the effects. Not a bad music mix too.

    shifter hardstyle prodigy(homemade hardstyle)

     

    1ST RUNNER - UP: JB ROCKA

    JB Rocka, good to see you in action.

    JB Rocka@Pasir Gudang

     

    2ND RUNNER-UP: HARDKID 

    And for the first time on Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool, Hardkid. Congratulations and Welcome. We hope to see lots more of you in the future.

    HARDKID@pasir gudang~

     

     

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007

    Banned In New York

    Be very careful if you're thinking of dancing the Melbourne Shuffle in most New York City (USA) clubs, because it's banned. And not just the Melbourne Shuffle, but all styles of dancing. You'll see signs like this (pic right) telling you so.

    But Freedom of Speech = Freedom of Dance doesn't it? Don't you believe it, and this comes from the Land of the Free -America, too.

    How can they enforce it? Locks and chains on club doors usually, and courts have been successfully doing it for 80 years now, as reported in the New York Post...

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    COURT UPHOLDS CITY'S DANCE 'BAN'

    By DAREH GREGORIAN

    February 23, 2007

    ...A bid to overturn the city's cabaret law was tripped up yesterday when a state appeals court held that the statute, which bars (bans) dancing in most bars and taverns, is constitutional.

    A group of social dancers had filed a lawsuit saying the law - which requires establishments to have difficult-to-get cabaret licenses if they allow three or more people to dance - violated their right of free expression.

    "Recreational dancing is not a form of expression protected by the federal or state constitutions," the state Appellate Division ruled.

    In a unanimous decision, the five-judge panel found the purposes of the 80-year-old law were "to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public by limiting noise, congestion and various hazards in residential areas."

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    NB: 'Cabaret' is an old word for a bar/nightclub sort of thing.

    The ban came about in the 1920's USA prohibition era, when alcohol was banned. Part of it was crowd control, with drunken idiots yahoo-ing around in the street outside of venues in residential neighborhoods. Fair enough. We get them in Melbourne, they start fights, smash windows, stab people, and gangs of 15 will bash just one who happens to be walking by - for 'fun'. But they're not dancers, they're violent drunks.

    So why not just ban the drunks ?

    Our oldskool warehouse parties in Melbourne were done as far away from neighbors as possible. We didn't want to 'disturb the neighbors', we had nothing to prove. We just wanted to be left alone to dance, which is why our first priority was to find an isolated remote site, such as a warehouse in an industrial area that was shut down for the weekend when we'd do our party. We'd arrive, party and leave, and for locals it was as though we were never there. Not the easiest thing to achieve with a mega-watt sound system, a laser light show you could see from Mars and crowds dressed in fluro phatties, but we did it.

    It was underground, that was the whole point.

    But clubs are a different story, they like everyone knowing they exist, they live and die on attention. They sell more beer when everyone knows where they are. A rowdy crowd out the front is the best billboard they can get. They love the attention even if it's bad. I've known some Melbourne Club owners who deliberately go out of their way to cause controversy, just for the attention. It's a completely different attitude.

    For instance who'd even heard of this Tim Sabre idiot or Raw Entertainment, before he said he wanted to ban the Melbourne Shuffle? He was a nobody. But now he's got our attention.

    As many Shufflers have commented, it's the violent drunks who are the problem, both inside and outside, not the shufflers. I totally agree. These drunks spoil it for everyone, and they don't care. As long as 'they' have fun, everybody else can go to hell.

    But there was a much more sinister side to the origins of this New York dancing ban...Racism.

    The thought of New Yorkers of different races mixing together was considered obscene, the segregation laws also made it illegal. Dancing together was just the same.

    Someone didn't want the 'wild strangers and foolish natives' (original words) or the weird 'bohemians' for that matter, mixing on the dancefloor, or anywhere really. They feared they might breed. 'Half breeds' was the disgusting phrase used for the children of mixed race.

    These were not the most tolerant of times.

    Prohibition didn't last long - too many politicians who like to drink I guess. Racism still rears it's damned ugly head, but is less of an issue since the civil rights movements of the 1960's.

    But for some unholy reason, dancing is still banned by courts and the ban is considered constitutional.

    And we're not talking about some distant past we only know about through old black and white documentary film footage. This is happening now.

    No, Free Speech does not equal Free Dance.

    And Tim Sabre of Raw Entertainment is trying to introduce exactly the same laws into Australia, using exactly the same legal argument, that has worked in New York City for the past 80 years. Don't let him!

    Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool has been in touch with Metropolis In Motion www.metropolisinmotion.org and the New York Dance Parade http://danceparade.org both groups of pro-dance New Yorkers who have been protesting against the New York ban, with dance marathons and protest parades the past couple of years.

    We might be able to help each other. Check out their sites, they have some great info, especially as they have 80 years of experience living under dance bans. Understanding the legal reasons for the ban, the press response, and the actions you can take to fight a dance ban, are empowering.

    New Yorkers typically aren't shy and retiring types ;) they speak their mind and kick arse. But they have been loosing this battle for 80 years ! It's not just a bad joke. It's for real !

    And now the battle is in Sydney and could even spread to you.

    So let's stop this thing spreading any further, and see if in the process, we can help our dance loving friends in New York have the same Dance Freedom, the rest of us take as a human right.

    So move it or lose it, Protect your Freedom to Dance.

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    Saturday, November 3, 2007

    No Shuffle Ban !

    How about Shufflers post a special youtube Shuffle vid as a protest to Melbourne Shuffle Bans.

    Just put NO SHUFFLE BAN in the title of your vid with your other credits, and 'noshuffleban' as a tag.

    This will give you a chance to show your protest by celebrating Shuffling, and let any other idiots even thinking of banning it know, that we're all as one on this. That we're all watching, that we'll all support each other from around the world, to protect each others FREEDOM TO SHUFFLE !

    We'll feature the vids on Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool too. Just send us a link to your vids when they're online, so we don't miss them. Post the links in the sidebar No Shuffle Ban vid links & comments box or email to cybafaeries@gmail.com.

    Friday, November 2, 2007

    Shufflers Fight Back at Ban

    Great news posted by Sydney Shuffler Marc Losper on Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool about dropkick promoter Tim Sabre of Raw Entertainment's stupid suggestion to ban the Melbourne Shuffle.

    Seems Tim Sabre has underestimated the mighty shufflers and backed down, pulled his head in and also announced he's a former break dancer.

    Sounds like Tim Sabre and Raw Entertainment are trying to set Melbourne Shufflers and break dancers against each other, but he probably doesn't realise that most of the Melbourne Shuffle creators were break dancers!!!

    Shufflers don't have a problem with break dance, it's not as though you're only allowed to dance just one style! Geez, it's all dance, just personal preference, we call that FREEDOM !!

    But Tim Sabre and Raw Entertainment are acting like dance nazi's. The sooner they leave the dance scene and are forgotten, all dance will be the better off for it.

    ....here's how things unfolded.

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    Hey mate,

    ninemsn published a follow up to this article...

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=312888

    I'm quoted as a shuffler from Sydney in it and basically shoots the whole ban thing dead.

    Tim Sabre also posted a bulletin saying that it was a joke taken out of context and blamed the media. Once he was attacked there, seemingly the bulletin disappeared and he has just gone back to promoting his nights.

    Fairly ridiculous action, but as long as we're around, the shuffle's not going anywhere :)

    Great website.
    Marc Losper

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    The Nine News story...

    Nightclub 'shufflers' fight back

    Wednesday Oct 31 14:00 AEDT

    By Matthew Bachl ninemsn

    A plan to ban a popular dance move from nightclubs has been branded as ridiculous by club managers and party goers.

    The high-octane steps of the "Melbourne shuffle" came under fire recently when Sydney promoter Tim Sabre declared war on the move, saying young, drunk shufflers were endangering fellow clubbers.

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    But his idea to outlaw the step — an upbeat mix of gliding and heel-to-toe rhythm performed with jackhammer like precision — has been savaged by club managers and shuffle lovers.

    "I think that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life," said Manuel Ayas, general manger of Sydney's Home nightclub.

    "I mean, freedom of speech … freedom of dance.

    "If some people want to dance in this style, then go ahead."

    Marc Losper, a 26-year-old shuffler, said the ban would be difficult to implement.

    "The idea of somebody making some kind of grandiose gesture to put an end to a dance style is ludicrous," Mr Losper said.

    "To try to pin this on one particular dance style makes this seem as if the person behind it has a particular dislike of the style and wants a reason to go after it."

    But Mr Sabre, director of Raw Entertainment, has defended his stance, saying he will continue to push for "dance floor courtesy".

    "You don’t go to a packed out nightclub and do the samba or the tango or the lambada — you have to mind what is happening at the actual club or event," he said.

    "Shufflers aren't doing this."

    Since ninemsn broke the story earlier this month, Mr Sabre said people had challenged him to "shuffle-offs" and threatened to perform the steps at his events.

    And despite confessing to not being able to do the shuffle, Mr Sabre admitted he did have one style he favoured.

    "I used to be a break dancer, for about three to four years," he said.

    "I'd always pull out the cardboard boxes and break dance."

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    Round 2 to the Shufflers !!!

    United by the Shuffle

    This is a list of recent visitors to Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool. I find it especially encouraging that despite opposing religions, politics, cultural history, language and distance around this globe we all call home, so many are united by the shuffle.

    So thank you from Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool, thank you for dropping by and spending some time with us.

    In order of the most recent visitors (and counting) ...

    87 Countries

    Oman, Australia, Malaysia, United States, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Singapore, France, Austria, Denmark, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, Japan, Ireland, India, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Russia, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Israel, Brazil, South Africa, Greece, Estonia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Brunei, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania, Portugal, Thailand, Argentina, China, Egypt, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Croatia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia And Montenegro, Iran, Mauritius, Iceland, Chile, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Vietnam, Malta, Guam, Faroe Islands, Maldives, Belarus, Honduras, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Niue, Kenya, El Salvador, Panama, Luxembourg, Uganda, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ukraine, Cyprus.

    1445 Cities

    Melbourne, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane, Adelaide, Singapore, Perth, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cranbourne, Kuantan, Canberra, Vienna, Los Angeles, New York, George Town, Craigieburn, Kajang, Kota Kinabalu, Auckland, Petaling Jaya, Rotterdam, Chicago, Dublin, Paris, Kuching, Austin, San Francisco, Johor Bahru, Frankfurt, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, Stockholm, San Diego, Dortmund,Zurich, Neulengbach, Melton, Seoul, Houston, Nuremberg, Oslo, Batu Pahat, Geelong, Phoenix, Ipoh, Irvine, Moscow, Vancouver, Manchester, Hoboken, Poplar, Goteborg, Madrid, Stuttgart, Calgary, Birmingham, Nijmegen, Warsaw, Hobart, Melaka, Hong Kong, Atlanta, Mississauga, San Antonio, Berlin, Redcliffe, Miami, Utrecht, Reno, Helsinki, Mechelen, Dusseldorf, Ajo, Thames Ditton, Brooklyn, Enschede, South Hadley, Denver, Alborg, Nerang, Cologne, Antwerp, Athens, Leuven, Richmond, Hamburg, Edmonton, Bekasi, Kelang, Imlay City, Louisville, Darwin, Pleasanton, North Shore, Munich, Bangalore, The Hague, Bandar 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    Sunday, October 21, 2007

    Shifter - Melbourne Shuffle Battle 2007

    There's one sure way to deal with the idiotic suggestion to ban the Melbourne Shuffle, and that is to SHUFFLE!

    And that's just what Shifter (pic below) did yesterday (20 October 2007), in grand style with a choir opening, in this fantastic regal looking setting at The Summit Batu Pahat (Malaysia) for the Melbourne Shuffle Battle 2007. Shifter were invited to do a special performance.

    The event title 'Melbourne Shuffle Battle 2007' took on a whole new meaning with the ban drama a few days ago. And I for one reckon the Melbourne Shuffle wins round 1.

    Shifter are showing some impressive development here with their style and choreography.

    Love the swirl thing in the middle, and the 'hats off' is nice too. So hats off to you too Shifter. Good to see you out there having fun.

    Shifter - Melbourne Shuffle Battle 2007

    Don't forget, if you have a team or know of a team you think Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool (MSO) readers will be interested in, (and MSO has people from over 80 countries/1200 cities, in 30 languages visiting) please send us some info to cybafaeries@gmail.com

    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    BANNED IN SYDNEY - Melbourne Shuffle


    *** NEWS FLASH ***

    Talk about killjoys. Our northern neighbours in Sydney Australia are trying to ban shuffling. Some dropkick (idiot) club promoter in Sydney is trying to get the Melbourne Shuffle Banned, because of saftey concerns - yeah right, as Wade O'Leary of NineMSN reports Thursday October 18 2007...

    "We're just trying to get it banned, basically. With the help of the media, this could be a thing of the past." Tim Sabre of Raw Entertainment says.

    There's a comments link to the NineMSN news story, Your say: Is 'shuffling' a menace? [UPDATE: The comments section was closed down after just one hour because it was flooded with protests from around Australia. You can leave your comment/protest in the comments section of this post and read the news story comments below]

    Shuffling a menace !?! Tim Sabre of Raw Entertainment and partners in cultural crime are the menace! grrrr!!!

    You are encouraged to post your thoughts in the comments section of this post below. Sounds more like Raw Entertainment is jealous of the Melbourne Shuffle. So let everyone know folks, boycott these Sydney clubs and promoters if you wanna dance.

    Our hearts and thoughts go out to our Melbourne Shuffle friends and supporters from Sydney shufflin.com and wedancehard.com .

    Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool recommends Sydney Melbourne Shufflers check these two great Sydney based forums for venues and events that are MELBOURNE SHUFFLE SUPPORTERS

    Makes you wonder. In Malaysia ( a moderate Muslim country) the Melbourne Shuffle is celebrated and recognised by the Olympic Council of Malaysia and International Dance Sport Federation, in Sydney, they ban it! Cry FREEDOM Sydney!!!

    Here's the news story and original news story link.


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    Campaign to snuffle shuffle in Sydney picks up pace




    NineMSN
    Thursday Oct 18 12:00 AEST
    By Wade O'Leary

    A Sydney nightclub promoter has started a campaign to ban a style of dance that he says is a danger to other patrons.

    "Shuffling" — a mix between the moves of one-hit wonder MC Hammer and the frenetic steps required by dancing machines in amusement arcades — has long been a staple of the Melbourne rave scene.

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    Your say: Is 'shuffling' a menace? But Tim Sabre of Raw Entertainment says Sydney clubbers swallowing booze rather than ecstasy tablets are turning the free-flowing style into a dancefloor disaster.

    "I've seen some near-misses and some not-misses involving young ladies being sideswiped … it's more the patrons who are going off about it, the clubs are happy to have anybody there," he said.

    "It's ridiculous — what are they doing?"
    Sabre promotes nights at some of the city's classier venues — including Soho, Mandalay and Goodbar — and says the smaller Sydney clubs can't cope with the southern style.

    "It used to be in those clubs where people stood two metres apart from each other and they were all on ecstasy, so if they bumped into each other they'd give each other a hug," he said.
    "In Sydney, on the other hand, they try to do it on a crowded floor while drunk.

    "You need precision and when you're drunk you lack that, so when somebody goes staggering around and hits the wrong people … it's not good."

    But fellow club promoter and DJ Peter Glass described the campaign as "ludicrous". "That's their self-expression, that's what dancing's about," he said. Glass — a fixture at top-drawer Sydney venues like De Nom, Ruby Rabbit and Will & Toby's — believes there is a simpler solution.

    "If you play that sort of music you're attracting that sort of clientele, so if you're having that problem you should change your music policy," he said.

    "I've never come across this sort of thing in any venue I've worked in."

    But Sabre insists he will continue his fight to let his patrons dance in safety. "We're just trying to get it banned, basically," he said.

    "With the help of the media, this could be a thing of the past."


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    'A thing of the past' ? Not a chance!!

    How about promoters and venue's begin to put "MELBOURNE SHUFFLE SUPPORTER" in their advertising so shufflers will know where they're welcomed?

    Know a venue or event who is a Melbourne Shuffle Supporter? Post the details in the comments.

    Anytime something like this happens a great 1983 electro track by Reflex - The Politics Of Dancing comes to mind. It was released at a time when Politicians were trying to ban dance music from the radio, and pirate radio stations kept broadcasting it. Here's a pic of my original vinyl and a clip of the track, with lyrics that go...

    The Politics Of Dancing. The Politics of Feeling Good, The Politics of Moving, is this message understood? We’re under pressure, yes we’re counting on you. It's not what you say, it's what you do. It's in the papers, it's on the TV news, Oh the implications, it's just a point of view"

    I hum it to myself and drift away, it seems to help.

    So now some nutter is trying to ban dancing! Well the Politicians couldn't stop dance music being broadcast, and Tim Sabre and Raw Entertainment's campaign won't stop us doing the Melbourne Shuffle.

    Some not too bad dancing in the clip too, roller skates on the rooftop etc. Worth a look...


    Re-Flex. The Politics of Dancing (1983)





    UPDATE

    NineMSN has now locked the comments for this story. No new Comments will be accepted. It was shutdown just one hour after going online, being swamped by comments, virtually all supporting the Melbourne Shuffle. I've listed the comments below. Please feel free to add comments in this posts comments section. This ain't over yet!!!




    Your say: Is 'shuffling' a menace?
    Thursday Oct 18 17:00 AEST
    A hit Melbourne dance style known "shuffling" has been slammed by a Sydney nightclub promoter who claims it is dangerous to other revellers.

    Have you had any close encounters with the shuffle? Does it imperil a good night out?

    Tell us your thoughts below.

    shuffling
    Posted by: andyandcraig, melbourne, on 18/10/2007 6:02:54 PM
    How rediculous to try and ban a dance style......whats next you had better ban ball room dancing - what would happen if one of those big high heels broke off it could flick up and hit someone in the eye (very dangerous). I have seen people who are drunk cause more trouble on the dance floor stumbling around slurring their words bumping into people. Shuffling is a Melbourne icon should never be banned, and how would you police that one.


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    WAT THE *** ARE YOU ON ABOUT
    Posted by: Benni, SYDNEY, on 18/10/2007 6:00:46 PM
    Man shuffling is not dangerous the only danger is if the people around the persona are stupid enough to get in the way. To be honest i would rather watch some one shuffle then watch 100 people dance dirty house to a hardstyle techno song!!!!!! more dangerous that you haev a 100 people on bingerz touchign eat other if you ask me!. But hey wats more dangerous a shuffler or the guyz on E man some one tell me cause if you thing is the shuffler some one defenatly has a screw loose!!!!!!!!!


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    WHATT U CAN NEVER STOP US
    Posted by: SHUFFLAHH, MELBOURNE, on 18/10/2007 6:00:02 PM
    banning shuffling???? ARE USE CRAZY its a type of dance people could do its better then having people punching, i cant believe this its a type of dance people do because they enjoy it! its not like were trying to distroy the earth MY god this is pathetic im a shuffler and i love shuffling i dont think use can stop me do whatever use want cos i do what i want when i cant


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    Too far
    Posted by: Richy, Brisbane, on 18/10/2007 5:58:25 PM
    Any drunk person, doing any form of dancing is usually a hazard, its the other drunk people who dont look out for themselves who bump into them and cause a problem. If your not stupidly blind its not very hard to avoid bumping into someone who is trying to dance. Banning this style of dance is ridiculous! So NO, it should not be banned on such pathetic terms.


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    let them dance
    Posted by: amy, *, on 18/10/2007 5:55:22 PM
    they are talented and skillful dancers, it is great entertainment, we could ban all danceing because it is dangerous in someway lets just leave them alone at let them dance!


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    melbourne shuffler menace?
    Posted by: leahh, melbourne, on 18/10/2007 5:54:02 PM
    by no way is this unique form of dance a menace. you would have to be an idiot to hurt yourself doing the mebourne shuffler. why would you try and take away our unique and induvidual tradmark of melbourne. no where else in the world will you find this dance. and you wonder why you have violence among youth.what else have you left us with to entertain ourselves. stop protecting us from ourselves. its not life without chances. you are leaving people to live lives of conformity. seems like you wont be happy until we are all sitting at home every night staying quiet and leaving you alone to die without bother.


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    Re: Is 'shuffling' a menace?
    Posted by: Justin Jacobs FiLOXTC, Melbourne, on 18/10/2007 5:53:09 PM
    i don't get how it is a menace. Shuffling is a way to express yourself through techno. It's for fun, but how does it make it dangerous? i mean the only thing bad about it is that some people actually sell drugs in clubs and places wen shuffling doesn't involve drugs being used. all i gotta say is. . . . Shuffling's not a menace. it just a style of dance that everyone enjoys doing


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    Shuffling
    Posted by: Tiny.Z, Melbourne, on 18/10/2007 5:52:54 PM
    You guys cant ban a style of dance thats just rediculous, people shouldnt be getting ''side-swiped'' unless they are too close! think about it! its like break dancing ofcourse you're going to get hurt if you stand too close...banning shuffling in Sydney or Melbourne is like banning sex in greece! seriously people stop sulking about something little as this...theres people in the world living with cruelty each day...and you're complaining about getting side-swiped by a dancer!?


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    shuffling
    Posted by: clubber lang, VIP area, on 18/10/2007 5:50:54 PM
    like the article says... a mix between mc hammer and those dorks on the dance machines down at timezone. shuffling is strictly for dorks and tryhards (ie. people from melbourne)


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    Shuffling
    Posted by: Steve, Perth, on 18/10/2007 5:50:54 PM
    No I don't think shuffling is a bad thing. It is a way for people to express themselves on the dance floor. If someone is a bit boozy and is making an abortoin of it, people should just steer clear of him or her. I think it looks great and if I could do it, I would.


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    shuffling
    Posted by: speedy, melbourne, on 18/10/2007 5:50:25 PM
    shuffling come from the heart its not something u can just stop even if u do try to stop it its to late


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    shuffling
    Posted by: mummy_chazza, armadale perth, on 18/10/2007 5:40:28 PM
    i dont see there being a huge problem if u ban this then u have to ban the way the girls dance when they get on the florr and stik there bums up ont he way out etc im 21 and go to niteclubs a fair bit and have neva seen any problems woiht it


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    YOU COULD NEVER RID OF SHUFFLING
    Posted by: Chapo, Brisbane, on 18/10/2007 5:40:02 PM
    Hey, I'm sorry to whomever you may be 'sydney club promoter' you will never be able to ban it.. over the past 15 years it is something that has evolved and spread ALL over the WORLD and is something very very common you will see in any nightclub even those that arent TRANCE HARDSTYLE (whatever you want to call it). r'n'b has a similar dance which you could also count as 'Dangerous'. I know! why dont we just can all dances completely, i meen look at jive and all those other sorts of radical, energetic movement dances.. if this were to happen i wouldnt be suprised if you lost alot of business or even your job!.. the rave scene is HUUGE! you can't just ban a dance, thats the most rediculous thing i've ever heard. It's how people express themselves or just straight up havin a bucket loada fun.. yeah fair enough if someone bumped into someone cause being drunk and dancing I AGREE its not good at all, but thats got nothing to do with shuffling in particular, it'd involve all dances!


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    Shuffling a Menace ? Shut up. Honestly.
    Posted by: Baby k., Melbourne, on 18/10/2007 5:34:48 PM
    Do you know what rave is ? What shuffling is ? It's a dance style. You can't ban a dance style, this dance is for expression not impression. You're thinking "What on Earth are they doing?" probably cause you think they're all souped up on drugs not knowing what's going on ? Of course they do, and as well they should. Yes there are some "Ravers" that take pills and rock it as hard and sometimes not notice the others around them, but you think they purposely do it ? If you think shuffling is so ridiculous, try viewing it from the Ravers perspective before you go on whining. I'm a Raver, infact I'm even from a crew. We don't bump into people ? We don't hurt or distract others ? We don't take drugs ? You're stereotyping a raver to the old fashion guys back in the days, the old generation. It's called the "Melbourne Shuffle". No ones good at it, no ones bad at it, everyone has their own style, and aslong as the persons enjoying what his doing that's good enough for me.


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    "shuffling" has been slammed
    Posted by: Nozz, Central Coast, on 18/10/2007 5:33:55 PM
    haha thats a complete joke...tryin to ban the shuffle will be impossible to police and is a wasted effort to even think about gettin rid of it


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    shuffling
    Posted by: paul, sydney, on 18/10/2007 5:32:48 PM
    "A unique style like the shuffle banned?" how can you call it unique when 90% of ppl know how to do it. and people say it's a good dance are idiots. it's very simple and repetitive. the guy in that video is terrible at it he mainly stomps which is even worse, try learn some pop and lock and liquidpop eh?


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    Shufflin
    Posted by: Sacco, Melbourne , on 18/10/2007 5:32:45 PM
    Shufflin can be done by anyone doesnt matter were your from you dance for express not impress aslong as you enjoy it then keep doing it =) I have been shuffflin for awhile now and i enjoy shuffling i think they should put shufflin as another major dance it can be used in rueteens and solo shufflin In malaysia there are alot of shufflin events , compertitions and shuffle meet ups i think the compertitions and meetups should come to aus more and the shufflers should be incoraged more to dance would you rather see them fight or dance? think about it =) thanks for your time Yours Trully Sacco =)


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    melbourne shuffle
    Posted by: girt, melbourne australia, on 18/10/2007 5:32:40 PM
    The Melbourne shuffle is a skilled style of dancing, I for one will stand and watch the people that have that ability for ages, it looks amazing and you can appreciate how much practise it takes to perfect. If the club owners don't like it don't play techno. Can you shuffle to brittney spears...NO! play other music if you dont like it..


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    shuffling
    Posted by: phebs, brisbane, on 18/10/2007 5:32:28 PM
    it is rediculous, it's dangerous, it annoys other patrons. They should ban it for the best interest of other patrons and the best interest and for the shufflers them selves, they look like idiots.


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    Shuffle
    Posted by: kazon351, Perth, on 18/10/2007 5:31:09 PM
    From the clips I have wittnessed I don't see any problem with this dancing. at least they are not crowd surfing or injuring anyone. Give them there designated space and leave them alone. If ya just wanna drink, watch or melow out, then keep you distance.
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    Working ... Shuffling
    Posted by: Synopsis, Darwin, on 18/10/2007 17:26:40
    The shuffling scene isn't very big in darwin but even we know that the dance itself isnt dangerious, its the drunk people. Any dance performed by a drunkard can be potentially lethal. Leave the shuffle alone guys. Don't make us laught...


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    control freak clubs!!!
    Posted by: nev, Brisbane, on 18/10/2007 17:26:28
    We control what you wear. We control who can come in. We can control how you dance! Do you really think that a club will survive with anymore restrictions? What load of bull!! What next... we control what you say-who you flirt with-what you drink?


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    shuffling
    Posted by: kelliec, liverpool, on 18/10/2007 17:25:09
    shuffling is NOT dancing. its jumping around in a drug induced haze knocking into everyone around you. so stupid.


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    Shuffling
    Posted by: C0OkI3z., Melbourne, on 18/10/2007 17:21:22
    I'm 12 and i think that the idea of banning this dance is bonaks! Im outraged by the very thought. Just becuase some silly people can't do it properly we shouldnt be banned! Im horrified. 'SHUFFLE.' YALL WAI. FROO. LYF. PEEPS!


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    Shuffling?
    Posted by: Daryl Sommers, Sydney, on 18/10/2007 17:16:48
    Forget shuffling in the clubs. Bring on the off guts ballroom dancing!


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    Melbourne Shuffle
    Posted by: Gem, MELBOURNE, on 18/10/2007 17:16:48
    The melbourne shuffle is why alot of people go out because when its done its amazing to watch U sydneysiders are just jeaous because you cant shuffle like us down south x0x0 KEEP THE MELBOURNE SHUFFLE ALIVE


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    Shuffling is stupid
    Posted by: salih, melbourne, on 18/10/2007 17:12:28
    im 16, and most guys my age do it, its a riduculous dance and should be banned. they do it at parties thinking theyre cool but they just look like theyre having a seizure on the dance floor. Also when they shuffle they take up the whole dance floor and all they do is make a huge circle and watch one guy do it...


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    shuffle dangerous? i say no way
    Posted by: rosie, qld, on 18/10/2007 17:12:25
    are they kidding? ppl in night clubs already dance like this, if not worse. no one gets hurt. if people are that drunk that they have lost their coordination, thats the clubs fault for serving the patron that much alcohol to get to that point. they should be more worried about other issues like fights


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    Melbourne Shuffle
    Posted by: Dot, Adelaide, on 18/10/2007 17:10:45
    It's not the dance that is the problem, it's the drunken idiots. They'll fall over other people no matter what dance they're trying to do. Ban the drunks. How can you ban a dance move!?!?!?!


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    Shuffling
    Posted by: S DEE, Sydney, on 18/10/2007 17:10:45
    Shuffling is not dangerous!! How about start a campaign to ban trouble makers, people that graphite clubs, damage bathrooms, start fights


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    Shuffling.
    Posted by: Will, Melbourne, on 18/10/2007 17:06:45
    A unique style like the shuffle banned? I'm surprised. Thank god I don't live in Sydney. Here in Melbourne, I live for Shuffling. Shuffling is passion for many Melbournians hitting the clubs, its a special dance, unique in its way and very enjoyable and to see a person complaining about it is very shocking. Dangerous? I laugh at that. Shuffling when your drunk is dangerous, I agree. Sydney has its fair share of Shufflers and I know it won't be banned or expect a riot.


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    UPDATE 19 OCTOBER 2007

    The guy, Tim Sabre of Raw Entertainment, might be just an attention seeking looser. BUT... nutty ideas sometimes catch on. For instance it was illegal to sell a piece of wood or get a hair cut on a Sunday in Melbourne until the mid 1990's. Why? Politicians. Unfortunetly many are as thick as two bricks, but they have the power to tell Armies and Police to do what they choose. We've got a Federal (national) election in about 6 weeks in Australia. Let's hope some nutty politicians don't take this call for a ban seriously. If there was going to be a ban, for any reason, it would need the politicians to approve it. And if it got banned in Australia, it might then be banned in other countries.

    WHAT YOU CAN DO, RIGHT NOW

    1. Don't wait until it's banned!
    No-one ever dreamed someone would suggest banning the Melbourne Shuffle. But now some jerk has, and it's got National News coverage. Will it happen for real? Do you really want to wait and find out? Who knows what's in this Tim Sabre of Raw Entertainment's little mind?

    >> Head it off now, when it's just a stupid idea. Don't wait for it to grow.

    2. Let people know it's a stupid idea
    It may come as a surprise, but the Melbourne Shuffle is still an underground dance movement, that's the way we like it. But now it's broken into the mainstream media. YOU tell the mainstream what the shuffle is all about and what it means to you. Don't let some misinformed journo, grab a few quotes from somewhere that give the wrong idea to the mainstream.

    >>When people understand it's a harmless healthy dance style, not some violent drug crazed frenzy like Tim Sabre and Raw Entertainment make out, then the mainstream will treat Tim Sabre like the nutter he is and ignore him.

    3. Take it seriously
    "It's just a dance" - No, it's your culture. Dictators and Oppressors throughout history know, to destroy a people, you destroy their culture, their art, their language, their music, their fashion, their dance, their life, like they never existed.

    >>Why should your culture be banned? Don't let the dance nazi's win, you are more valuable than their opinion of you.

    4. Direct Action
    Seeing Australian Politicians will decide if the Shuffle will or will not be banned, before you vote in the approaching Australian election, it'd probably be a good idea to see if either of the major players would actually do the stupidest thing on earth, and ban the Melbourne Shuffle. If you're too young to vote, then hassel your parents about it. After all, it's your life too, that the Politicians are controlling.

    >>Would you vote for a Politician who would ban the Melbourne Shuffle?

    Here's the major Australian players web site links - ask them direct,

    "If elected, Will you Ban the Melbourne Shuffle?"

    Labor Party (Likely winners according to polls) http://www.kevin07.com.au/

    Liberal Party (Conservatives, Current government) http://www.liberal.org.au/

    TV MEDIA FORUM

    Network Ten, which has a bigger youth focus than the other TV networks, has a very good MEET THE PRESS program. They have a MYSpace page with forums where you can post questions for the reporters to ask the Politicians.

    http://www.myspace.com/meetthepeople

    Get posting Shufflers, don't wait until it's banned. Head the Politicians off at the pass,

    Take control of your dance destiny

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    1920's & 1930's Shuffle Influences

    The Melbourne Shuffle grew from a combination of girls doing Ballet/Tap dance and BBoys break dancing, with new steps thrown in.

    Most girls in Melbourne learn social dancing from a young age and Tap dancing is a normal part of the dance lessons. The word Shuffle as a dance style actually comes from the Tap dance genre.

    Here's some great old movie clips of the sort of dance steps the girls learned, and then showed the BBoys at underground dance parties in the early 1990's in Melbourne. There's some brilliant professional dancers here such as the legend "Rubber Legs" Al Norman.

    It's worth remembering that these old movies were made just a year or two after sound was added to film - The Talkies. People would sing along in the cinema with the tunes. So if you feel inclined, you can sing along with them in front of your computer. After all, most shufflers dance along to shuffle clips in front of their computer these days :)

    Penny Singleton and "Rubber Legs" Al Norman perform this dance number to the song "Good News" From 1930 . The music is played by Abe Lyman and his Orchestra.

    An interesting move here in this first still from the vid. Somehow it never really caught on as a Melbourne Shuffle move. One can only wonder why :)



    Check out the 1930's phatties


    Some classic shuffle sideways moves


    Mass Running Man


    Good News 1930

    With Abe Lyman and his Orchestra, Nancy Carroll, (Rubber Legs) Al Norman and Skeets Gallagher. From 1930 " Dancing To Save Your Sole

    Dancing To Save Your Sole 1930

    and the famous The Charleston

    The Charleston 1920's

    "That is the cool Melbourne Shuffle"

    Came across this pic with the title 'That is the cool Melbourne Shuffle' on a Vietnamese site posted by shuffle boy - Melbourne has a pretty big Vietnamese population.

    Yeah, well it is Melbourne and a not too uncommon sight ;) Goths were a part of the oldskool Melbourne Shuffle scene. Nice pic... but we wanna see her dancing :)

    See Melbourne Shuffle Brief History for some oldskool Goths dancing in old wedding gowns.

    UPDATE 16 SEPTEMBER 2007

    I've just had an email from Ben Collinson about the pic above. Ben's an oldskooler from the Global Village days. He's now living in London, but on May 20, 2006 he was in Melbourne and took this great photo. He told me it's actually not the Melbourne Shuffle (Someone grabbed the pic online and put a different title to it) but the Zombie Shuffle. I kid you not. :) Here's the flyer, great looking flyer too btw.


    The shot was taken as the Zombies shuffled their way down Flinders Street. They actually went past the front of my building where I have my studio, the Nicholas Building on the corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street. (See google map for a closer look) I have a vague recollection of them passing, seeing them from my window which looks down to Swanston Street. I just thought, 'Oh yeah, just a bunch of Zombies going for a stroll' nothing unusual for Melbourne. There was about 100 of them. Hmmm thought the girl in the pic looked familiar :)




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    So there's gonna be another one this year according to the official Zombie Shuffle site http://zombieshuffle.livejournal.com/ This time I'm gonna not be lazy, and go out and film it !!! It looks fantastic. They have heaps of links to pics of the Shuffle and lots more info such as what's on the menu for the next Zombie Shuffle picnic. pic below

    Wednesday, September 5, 2007

    Shifter - Melbourne Shuffle Winners

    Congratulations from Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool, to Shifter for 1st place doing a great choreographed team shuffle at the 'Graceful Live Show And Art Exibition 2007' in Jusco Tebrau (Malaysia).

    Seems their practice has paid off! Some really good synchronised shuffling here, great to see. Here's some vids of the performance


    Shifter @ Jusco Tebrau (posted by Apekwhuut)


    shifter hardstyle prodigy 3

    Saturday, September 1, 2007

    Apekwhuut - Melbourne Shuffle Champion 1st International Dance Festival - Malaysia

    Congratulations from Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool to Apek, for his Melbourne Shuffle first place win, at the 1st International Dance Festival in Malaysia in June.

    Yep, the Melbourne Shuffle is an officially recognised dance style now. The festival is recognised by both the International Dance Sport Federation and the Olympic Council of Malaysia.

    Who'd of thought eh? The Shuffle could be an Olympic event!! Better get yourselves into training :)


    Monday, August 27, 2007

    Shifter

    Here's a new vid from Shifter, who tell Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool, that they're hard at work training for a competition in September. You can't beat practice to improve your shuffle. Good on ya guys, keep it up.

    Some nice video production in this vid too, good to see Shifter having some fun with it. :)

    Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool has some video production and editing tutorials, specifically for the Melbourne Shuffle coming up soon, so stay tooned ;)


    shifter hardstyle prodigy

    Saturday, August 4, 2007

    American - Melbourne Shufflers

    We know you're out there :) Time for some shout outs to our American Melbourne Shuffle friends.

    Some of you have emailed and told us you're the only person you know of in town who's even heard of the Shuffle, but there's probably others, you should hook up. Please feel free to post in the comments section of this article, somewhere in town, a club, party, park, street, mall etc to meet some other shufflers in your neigbourhood.

    Here's a list (in no particular order) of shufflers from about 150 cities across America who have visited Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool in the past 4 weeks.

    So, Howdy, good to meet you! Now how about showing us some vids of your Shufflin! Come on don't be shy ;) We wanna see what you're up to...

    Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Irvine, Phoenix, Roslyn Heights, New Orleans, Louisville, Pleasanton, Seattle, Atlanta, San Diego, Houston, Rochester, Washington, San Francisco, Danville, Jacksonville, Sunnyvale, Malden, Denver, Mc Keesport, Orlando, Miami, Bakersfield, Cranberry Township, Rockville, Cambridge, Newark, Austin, San Antonio, Orem, Providence, Elmhurst, Bala Cynwyd, Hartford, St Louis, Oxford, Camden, College Park, Longview, Rocky Mount, San Jose, Boston, Dayton, Malvern, Dallas, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Rocky Hill, Columbia, Glendale, Browns Mills, Mountain View, Norwalk, Plano, Meriden, Ft Collins, Spokane, Thomasville, Conway, Stow, Milford, Milton, Madison, Warrenton, Needham, Bellevue, Clinton Corners, Hot Springs Village, Morgantown, Tallahassee, Watervliet, Bolton, Lake Elmo, Arden, Corvallis, Oklahoma City, Fremont, Lawrence, Bishop, Spartanburg, Pittsburgh, East Rutherford, Fresno, Springfield, Sioux Falls, Hagerstown, Sonora, Lansdale, Bend, Manchester, North Prairie, Commack, Burlington, Poughkeepsie, Philadelphia, Pennsauken, Exeter, Holt, Lancaster, Pasadena, Mount Laurel, Hamilton, Hamburg, Raleigh, Campbell, Kalamazoo, Salina, Sarasota, Tampa, Milwaukee, Jackson, Phoenixville, Center Moriches, Norfolk, Sandy, Orange, Englewood, Wichita, San Rafael, Eatontown, Tempe, Ormond Beach, Herndon, Newtown, Nap, Boise, El Segundo, Ft Belvoir, Winston Salem, Charlotte, Littleton, Baton Rouge, Levittown, Little Rock, Marked Tree, Roanoke, Fairfax, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Reno, Walled Lake, Lawrence, Sayreville, Pompano Beach, Anchorage, Bridgeport, Ft Worth, Utica, Middletown, ...and adding... Albuquerque, Detroit, Coeur d' alene


    UPDATE 14 AUGUST 2007

    Albuquerque New Mexico added, we’ve just been visited by Detroit too and hey, well spotted Zefrenm, with the Rubber legs Al Norman clip (See comments), and welcome to Melbourne Shuffle Oldskool.

    Absolutely right with the early Melbourne Shuffle influence.

    Tap was one of the main influences of the Melbourne Shuffle, Tap is actually where the term ‘Shuffle’ as a dance step comes from, usually a soft shoe shuffle, where instead of talcum powder sprinkled on the dance floor to give slip, sand or pumice powder was sprinkled to give percussive sound effect, like wire brushes on a snare drum, to go with the music.

    Tap, which originated in New York around the turn of the 19/20th century, was a street dance where African Americans and Irish immigrants both showed each other their stuff, combining to become tap. You can still see the Irish/Scot folk dance footwork in the Shuffle today. Melbourne has a large Celt population. My Scot/Swedish Aunt in her 80’s, still does Scottish highland dance!

    Most of the oldskool girl shufflers learnt tap from when they were about 6 years old at the local dance schools. The schools are as popular for girls in Melbourne as football is for boys. So the bboys learnt the tap moves from the girls. Actually the ‘Do like a T’ which Bigmilan suggests starting off with, in his great learn Melbourne Shuffle basics clip, is actually ‘Position 1’ in ballet, which the girls taught the bboys too.

    I had a clip of master tap dancer Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson and Shirley Temple doing the ‘ Stair dance’ too, but it got removed. If anyone spots it online, please post the link. Bojangles was also famous for putting his hand gun on the table when he played pool – GanstaTap ;)

    Here’s some stills from the clip Zefrenm mentions, Rubber Legs Al Norman – I’ll put this clip in the beginnings and brief history post as well, it’s an important reference. Thank’s Zefrenm.

    Rubber Legs Al Norman doing what is definitely one of the earliest filmed examples of Melbourne Shuffle influences



    Gotta have the ladies in there as well. How come they don't dress like this at Raves ;)



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