Thursday, November 27, 2008


ROBOSHUFFLE We don't mean shuffle like a robot, we mean make a real robot shuffle !!!

Mindstorms ALPHA REX in particular. (pic below)

Can you make your Lego Mindstorms Alpha Rex Shuffle ?

I can't, but I'm going to try, he's already got Phat type legs :)

So far I can get him to boogie along to Jpop, which is kinda appropriate, but hardstyle is a bit intense. I'm figuring that I'll need to adjust gear ratios a bit and get some sideways leg movement happening.

Then of course play around with the AI programming to get some smooth shuffling.

SO wanna join me in some fun trying to get robot's to shuffle and shoot shuffle vids of them ?

Have you already succeeded and have some code or tips you want to share ?

Then join us on the MSO forum


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Best Shuffle Tutorial Ever !

Our good friend Len Hall from
We Dance Hard has just released what MSO considers to be the best Melbourne Shuffle tutorial ever. - and yes you may quote us ;)

Great job Len. This DVD is a fully comprehensive guide to shuffling. With fantastic clear footwork for all the common shuffle moves spins etc. And there's enough time in each example to actually practice along with it. A great way to learn and practice at the same time.

Beginners...I defy you to get lost with this dvd ;) No excuses, it's everything you need to learn, practice and at the end shuffle along to with a great music video section with live shuffle party footage, vid mixes and stomping soundtrack.

This is where to get it  >>>

KFC Shuffle comp - Malaysia

You know the Melbourne Shuffle has gone mainstream when you get KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) sponsoring a shuffle competition and doing TV ads for it !!! KFC Hotrods it is called, Shuffle your way to Melbourne is the tag.

The main prize is a trip for 2 to Melbourne, plus ipods etc for other prizes.

KFC Shuffle TV ad

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How the ‘MELBOURNE SHUFFLE’ name started

Rupert Keiller has been wrongly credited with making up the term Melbourne Shuffle around 2000. Rupert was in Sonic Animation a local Australian music act from about 1998 to 2003. Rupert had simply mentioned the Melbourne Shuffle in an interview on a Sydney TV music show.

The term Melbourne Shuffle had been in common use for nearly a decade by then. Everyone in the Melbourne, Sydney, UK/Europe and USA dance scenes said it, going right back, years before Rupert had even appeared anywhere.


We called ourselves shufflers or stompers in the oldskool. Stomping was like todays hardstyle, usually to dutch gabba/hakken and d+b (drum and bass). Shuffle was already the name of the dance moves going back to the 1920's and earlier.

I first heard 'Melbourne Shuffle' in mid 1992, from Rhonda Burchmore who had flown down from Sydney to our TVU crew warehouse  dance parties, which we broadcast on our own free-to-air tv station.

She was on a break from rehearsing in a broadway type dance show (created by David Atkins) called Hot Shoe Shuffle, (Pic above). She'd heard about the Melbourne Shufflers and wanted to meet us, see our shuffle moves and join in and dance with us.

She and her friends from the show one who was originally from Melbourne, asked me to film them in the party, which I did. A wonderful lady, and all brilliant dancers. You can see the footage in the feature doc

So 'Melbourne Shuffle' was in common useage for years and just stuck after a while to distinguish it from the broadway type dance theatre shuffle, and to identify what town it originated in – Melbourne (Australia).

Rhonda went on to a successful broadway and London west end theatre career. Seen in Riva coffee commercials in Melbourne these days or hangin with Bill.

Monday, November 17, 2008


With so many shuffle crews around now, MSO is introducing an OFFICIAL SHUFFLE CREW REGISTER service for Shuffle Crews.


The MSO OFFICIAL SHUFFLE CREW REGISTER will help serious crews to identify themselves as legit and lay claim to their shuffle crew name, with contact email and details such as what countries they operate in, post links to facebook/orkut etc pages if they have them, and promote their crew merchandise and upcoming events - ALL FREE

This will also help new crews find out if a crew name is taken. At the moment, most crew name lists are just forum games, and the names don't belong to any crew at all.

Beginner crews can register their new name on the MSO OFFICIAL SHUFFLE CREW REGISTER and immediately start recruiting.

Most shufflers want to be in a crew in their local area, but don't know anyone else in town who shuffles. So here's a chance for you to connect.


  • It's free and will remain online permanently
  • Crews can publicly register their crew name
  • Crews can provide public contact details
  • Crews can post recruit ads
  • Shufflers can post want to join a crew ads
  • Crews can promote their events, meet-ups and merchandise.
  • Crews can display Crew Shuffle banners (links below) on their site, blog, forum etc to show they are on the MSO official crew register. 
  • All Crews have their names posted in the MSO sidebar and linked to their registration.

So what are you waiting for ??? Here's the link...


Links to Crew Shuffle Banners

Avatar 100 px wide

Medium 180 px wide


Large 400 px wide

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Girls Shuffling

Katie a 14 y/old from New York known as HelloKittyGurl101 has done this fantastic mix of girls shuffling.

Well done Katie, lets see some more ;)


Girls Shuffling

Friday, November 14, 2008

Can You Shuffle To Rock ?


Can you shuffle to rock ? Sure you can, you can shuffle to any music you like, otherwise we'd all have to shuffle to music from 1992 and be forbidden to shuffle to anything else.

Totally nuts, and we oldskoolers would just ignore any fool thinking they could tell us what music we could listen and dance too.

That's Melbourne culture and Shuffle culture, where

Just like AC/DC here cruising down Swanston street Melbourne in 1975 with their first track off their first album - It's A Long Way To The Top, If You Wanna Rock n Roll. And Bon Scott does a great bagpipe solo !!!

We do things our own way in Melbourne, with a little help from some great shuffle girls from Brasil ;)

The clip has some great footage of Melbourne in 1975. There's even shots of where I've been living in my studio for the past 10 years, The Nicholas Building

It's near the end with Bon on lead bagpipe. It's this very area the shuffle and Phats were created in, down Flinders Lane.

And check out Angus (lead guitar) doing his famous 'ANGUS STOMP' a well known and loved stomp style from Melbourne in the 1970's.

AC/DC meet Girls Shuffling In Brasil

Monday, November 10, 2008

Russia: 4MR Shuffle Crew + 1st Moscow Melbourne Shuffle Cup


Our Russian shuffle friends have been very active the past few months. We welcome for the first time on MSO, Russian crew from Moscow 4MR (For Mother Russia).

The first vid is a short introduction to the 4MR members, and the next 3 are from 4MR's very well organised first ever Moscow Melbourne Shuffle Cup held earlier this year.

The prize is a very nice looking medallion. The competition is 1-on-1, and the competitors are selected from a draw of names from a cap.

A great looking shuffle scene there in Moscow guys, we're looking forward to seeing lots more from you.

Russia Moscou Shuffle Compilation 4MR-Team


Moskow cup part 1


Moskow cup part 2


Moskow cup part 3

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Advanced Shuffle Footwork - Exercises #1

We've had a great response from our Advanced Shuffle Footwork post, and lots of questions on HOW YOU DO IT ! :)

  • If you're new to the Shuffle, start here, on the MSO forum for lots of information on moves, styles, what shoes, how to use baby talcum powder on the floor, stretching exercises, balance exercises, why did we do the Shuffle in the first place, who started it etc.

    You can ask questions and get answers as well, it's beginners friendly (no flaming or dribbling) and designed to encourage you to Shuffle and help you improve. 

As we've mentioned, shuffle footwork is based on Celtic Dance and the vids posted below will give you enough information to keep you busy for 6 months.

Turns, spins, jumps, hops, sideways steps, kicks, all these basic movements are used in shuffling and this is where they came from, Celtic Dance.

You don't need to do them exactly like the vids unless you want to learn strict Irish Dance. But the exercises are great for getting your similar shuffle moves working properly. They'll also give you a breakdown of the steps from different angles with English language commentary.

The moves and steps are for both male and female.

Irish Dance Movements

beginner slip jig

men's reel

steps broken down


Here's some great instructions from Learn To Dance

The first thing to remember is that at all times during the dance your arms must be straight and held down by your sides (Like a soldier at Attention)

Basic Position  (This position is usually called the 'T" in shuffling)

Start with your feet together with the heel of your right foot by the toes of your left foot. Feet at 90° to each other. This will mean your right knee has the left tucked behind. This position is the normal position after each step, changing to ending with the left foot in front instead, and vice versa.

The Basic Steps
There are three basic steps to Light shoe dances, around which all dancers are built.

Teachers weave these into their choreography in different ways and vary them slightly, but if you can't master them in their basic form you will never really make the grade as a step dancer.

The basic steps are the Jump Threes, the Hop Threes and the Sevens or Side Step.

Jump Threes (basic step)
Start in Basic Position

1) Now lift the front leg (in this case the right) keeping it dead straight with the toes curled forwards, so don't try to lift too high. (The worst thing you can do is point your toes up so that people see the soles of your shoes)

Jump off the foot still on the floor onto the raised foot, landing just in front of where it started.

As you jump bring the back foot up to kick your behind.
This is all done at the same time so takes practice!

2) As you land, step forward onto the original back foot, placing it just in front of the other foot.

3) Tuck the original front foot "behind" to end up in "basic position" but with the other foot now in front

Jump threes are always started from whichever foot is in front.

Do threes very slowly to start with and build up speed. One Three per bar of music. Once you have the hang of them try the lead round

Hops threes (basic step)
Start in Basic Position

1) Hop on the back foot as high as possible, landing back on the same foot.

At the same time the front foot is brought up across the knee of the other leg, as high as possible (try to  touch your hip with your toes)

2) step very slightly forward on front foot

3) tuck back foot behind

Hop threes are always started by hopping off whichever foot is behind. One three per bar of music.

Sevens or side step (basic step)

1) is a hop or jump
2) The leading foot is moved to the side
(for example, the leading foot is the right one so move right, left foot move left)
3) back foot moves the same direction but crosses behind
4) front foot again
5) back foot behind again
6) front foot again
7) back foot behind again

All Irish Step dances follow the same basic pattern.
There are usually several components :

The Lead Round
The First Step

The Second Step (or Lead Back)

As the dances become more advanced these become a little harder to distinguish. However in the early stages they are very easily defined. Below is a basic beginners reel.

A Beginners Reel
this is a Beginners Reel, so choose Reel music. Try not to make it too fast, as this is hard work!

A Reel is a soft shoe dance so either get some proper Irish shoes, or use ballet shoes or the like (preferably black)

For a costume you need something with a shorter skirt (above the knee) with plenty of material so that you can lift your legs freely. A Sports skirt would be fine, although something a little more colourful would be better.

A simple white blouse with loose sleeves would also suffice. If you really want to look traditional then take a simple scarf and pin it onto the left shoulder. Then drape it across the back and pin it at the waist on the right side.

Count the bars in your mind, stood in basic position.(the bars are usually easy to count in Irish music)

At the first note of the sixth bar point your front foot and toes forward moving the leg ahead of the back foot so that only the toes touch the ground.

Keep your feet in the same turned out position as in basic position.

You do not start dancing until the first note of the ninth bar

The lead round is simply Eight continuous Jump threes in a circle, alternating leading legs.

You must end up back where you started, facing the front again.

As each persons jumps are different don't try to follow someone elses circle.


Hop three twice
Hop Seven side step to right
Jump three twice
Jump seven side step back to left

repeat A but to opposite side

Repeat A again but this time move forward more with each hop three (on step 2 of the three)

repeat C but opposite (your sevens should be along the very front of the stage)


Repeat Lead round (eight jump threes), but instead of creating a circle just curve back to end your last three facing the front again in your original starting place in basic position


To finish any Irish Step dance do the following :
Point your front foot as if starting, and bow from the waist, head and face up, arms still by your side.

Then turn towards the musician (or person running the music machine) and bow in the same way to them.

This is a recognised show of respect that all Irish dancers uphold, and it looks very smart.

Stand up straight, turn left and walk off stage with arms still by sides, and still straight legs and pointed toes.