>> If you have no idea where Malaysia is, see the GoogleEarth – CybaFaeries map of Melbourne Shuffle sites for Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Johor Bahru (JB), Malaysia.
Originally Malaysian students studying in Melbourne, learnt the Melbourne Shuffle at clubs and parties in Melbourne, then showed people how to do it when they got back home.
These days people such as Apekwhuut (Apek), have learnt the Melbourne Shuffle from Youtube.
Melbourne Shuffle OldSkoolers are more than happy that the shuffle is spreading by technology, as it was technology, or Techno Culture as we called it in the Melbourne Shuffle OldSkool era early 1990’s, that helped create the Melbourne Shuffle. In particular Techno, the generic name for electronic dance music such as acid, techno, trance and hardcore, which was broadcast on Radio and Television (see TVU, RRR, PBS & KISS, Topics for posts)
I contacted Apek after seeing his youtube video of nearly 1 year ago "Mario Woo Shuffle In Competition In time square kl", featuring his old team (crew/group). Apek had only been dancing the Melbourne Shuffle for a few months at this time. Some fine dancing for such a short time at it. And a very good example of what can be done by Melbourne Shuffle beginners - if anyone reading is thinking of starting.
Mario Woo Shuffle In Competition In time square kl
The original team's no longer together, because of the shortage of time with work commitments etc, but Apek has now put together a new team JB Rockers. Apek insists that the team is just for fun and if a promoter or sponsor asks them to dance, they will. And why wouldn't they? There's plenty of Shufflers in Melbourne who'd love to get requests like that.
Unfortunately the Melbourne Shuffle is still underground in Melbourne these days! Yes, even after 15 years. At any shopping center or Civic event they'll get break dancers in, but no Melbourne Shufflers. Sad isn't it.
So in respect of the exhibition Melbourne Shuffling, as you will see in lots of Apekwhuut and other Malaysian vids, I would proclaim Malaysians the World Leaders!! Good on you, well done, and lets hope others pick up on it.
I've posted a range of Apek's vids below, and you can find more at http://www.youtube.com/user/apekwhuut and http://www.myspace.com/apekwhuut
You can find more about Malaysian/Singaporean Melbourne Shufflers at the excellent Clept Forum
JB Rockers: Aan, NaJib, BoTaKz, AboY, AbAng, AcAi, ALiF, UjAnG, AzHa, ApEkWhuut.
Jb Rocka Feat StyLo ShuFFLeR
azmer and apekwhuut
My Team = Mario Woo Shuffle In Competiton In City square Jb
ApEkWhuuT Shuffle At CS
ApEkWhuuT Vs AbanG HardStyLe
My Shuffle Mate
And the latest from Apek
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Let us know what's going on in your part of the planet.
Know of someone or a team who we should all know about? Then please email Garry Shepherd - email@example.com with the links or info.
UPDATE 15 August 2007
Here's some more Malaysian Melbourne Shufflers mentioned in the comments. Keep them coming so we can all find about more about you :)