Thursday, December 30, 2010

When did the Melbourne Shuffle begin ?

The Melbourne Shuffle began in 1992 in the underground TV studios of TVU – TeleVision Unlimited. TVU had their own free-to-air TV station which broadcast across Melbourne (3 Million people) and 3 carpark sized empty warehouses to play with.

Broadcasts would go live-to-air for 48 hours non stop from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday. You could shuffle along with us at home. Dancers would come from around the country to appear on our broadcasts.

Here’s some of the shuffle creators (pic below) in front of the TVU warehouses, one of the many morning’s after. TVU only lasted one year at this site. But it was the critical year when all the elements for a new culture, converged and ignited.

Most in the picture, including Richie (Rich) who took the photo, went on to create the landmark events that defined the Melbourne Underground style and for more than a decade drew people from around the world to come and experience it for themselves.

You can see footage of the broadcasts and parties, including the night before of the pic below, in Global Shuffle 1990:2010

The official trailer below has some shots from TVU.

The opening scene shows the inside of TVU when someone -who would like to forget this incident ;) decided to light a marine distress flare inside and cleared the dance floor for all except the brave and fool hardy like myself who held his breath while getting the shot.

That’s Aslan silhouetted in the foreground. There’s other shots as well Rhonda B and some group shots flashing in the strobe towards the end, and the final fade shot are all vintage TVU 1992. Lot’s more in the movie.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Bergen. Norway. BHS - Bergen Hardstyle Shufflers

BA Bergensavisen in Bergen Norway, report BHS Bergen Hardstyle Shufflers had a great meetup just before christmas.

Great to see the mainstream press doing a story on shuffling in Norway.

Here’s a rehearsal vid of BHS one of their shuffle routines.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Many shufflers don't have a film festival in their area for the Global Shuffle Movie+Meet Up tour 2011/2012. So we will be trying to get the tour to your local cinema.

If your town has a cinema, one that shows independent movies especially, there is a good chance we can arrange for a special screening of Global Shuffle and hold a Meet Up.

What we need first of all is an indication that there are enough shufflers and other people in town who want to see a Shuffle movie.

WHAT TO DO… on the MSO forum

1. Tell us what town/country you are from and that you are interested in having the Movie+Meet Up tour in your town.

2. Post the name or web site of a local cinema that you think might consider screening Global Shuffle. You can ask them if you want to and give them the official Global Shuffle site so they can contact us for more details. Or we can contact them.

3. Post map/details of any meet up site/s you think may be suitable. They need to be public spaces 5-10 min walk from the cinema.

We'll check out the details and if it looks possible, we'll start an new official thread for your town and start work on getting Global Shuffle to town.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Moon Walk: the Originals

Michael Jackson never claimed to have “invented” the Moonwalk, in fact he paid tribute to all those who came before him and inspired him to dance. Here’s some of the originals he was talking about.


Dancers (in alphabetical order): Fred Astaire, Bill Bailey, Buck and Bubbles, Cab Calloway, Clark Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Daniel L. Haynes, Rubberneck Holmes, Patterson and Jackson, Eleanor Powell, Bill Robinson, Three Chefs (only the feet), Tip Tap and Toe (feat. Ray Winfield), Earl Snakehips Tucker. Video edited by CFJ

Origins of the Moonwalk


Bill Bailey from 1955 -- Is the Moonwalk this old?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Millie on tour with Scooter Jumping All Over the World

Dutch Shuffler Miljano (Millie) Soekha is featured in the Global Shuffle movie and interviewed while touring oldskool shuffle sites around Melbourne.

He recently toured with Scooter in Hungary. Here’s some clips from the audience. Millie is on the right side of the stage with the cap.



See Millie in Global Shuffle Official Trailer - 1:30, 3:20

Thursday, September 9, 2010

James Cagney and Bob Hope classic dance routine

This is an amazing little clip from the 1955 bio movie about Eddie Foy, The Seven Little Foys.

Watch Bob Hope do running man in 1955 > 1:40


Eddie Foy

Foy's parents, Richard and Mary Fitzgerald immigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1855 and lived first in New York's Bowery, then in Greenwich Village, where Eddie was born.

Six-year-old Eddie began performing in the streets and local saloons to support his family. Between 1910 and 1913, he formed a family vaudeville act Eddie Foy and The Seven Little Foys.

Foy is part of the irish dance tradition that developed tap dance in America. The tradition often included singing as well as dancing, and was usually called a Song and Dance act or routine. You’d learn to dance from early childhood as part of the social culture.

Bob Hope plays Foy in the movie and James Cagney, better known for his gangster movies, plays George M. Cohan, who wrote big hits "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "The Yankee Doodle Boy".

Cohan became one of the leading Tin Pan Alley songwriters, publishing upwards of 300 original songs, noted for their catchy melodies and clever lyrics.


James Cagney

Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City on the corner of Avenue D and 8th Street. His father, James Sr. was an Irish American bartender and amateur boxer; Cagney was born in a room above his father’s saloon. His mother, Carolyn Nelson, was half Irish, half Norwegian; her father was a Norwegian ship captain while her mother was Irish American.

In 1938, he received his first Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for Angels with Dirty Faces, before winning in 1942 for his portrayal of George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Bob Hope

Bob Hope Salutes James Cagney at AFI Life Achievement Award and points out the dance routine he did with Jimmy as a highlight of his career. See 1970’s stars in the audience squirm under Bob Hope’s razor sharp wit.


Hope was born in Eltham, London, England, the fifth of seven sons. His father, William Henry Hope, was a stonemason from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset and his Welsh mother, Avis Townes, was a light opera singer who later worked as a cleaning woman. The family lived in Weston-super-Mare, then Whitehall and St George in Bristol, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in 1908.

From the age of 12, he worked at a variety of odd jobs at a local boardwalk. He would busk doing dance and comedy patter to make extra money (oftentimes on the trolley to Luna Park). He entered many dancing and amateur talent contests (as Lester Hope) and won prizes for his impersonation of Charlie Chaplin. He also boxed briefly and unsuccessfully under the name Packy East, once making it to the semifinals of the Ohio novice championship

Hope became one of Paramount's biggest stars, and would remain with the studio through the 1950s. Hope's regular appearances in Hollywood films and radio made him one of the best known entertainers in North America, and at the height of his career he was also making a large income from live concert performances.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Official Trailer: Global Shuffle – Arms Tutorial

Welcome to the first official release of any sort of footage from Global Shuffle ! Yay.

It’s been 20 years in the making and first up is arms !

Arm movements have been lost during the commercial era 1997-2003. No surprise why, they take up too much room on the dance floor. You can squeeze more people into a venue if you use the dance floor for crowding instead = $$$.

So they haven’t featured in most new shuffler vids on Youtube because they were sadly long forgotten in the shuffle scene when Youtube hit in 2006.

So to help change that here we are with enough arm moves to keep you busy for months as you discover the top half of your body.

If you’ve got arms, use them. Even if it’s just to accent a hardstyle sequence.

You have far greater movement possibilities including your arms. Much of the rigid arm style in shuffling has been inherited from strict Irish dance.

The arm rigidity is a display of high trained discipline, like a military parade move. It’s actually an arm technique rather than just doing nothing, it takes a lot of effort to maintain rigidity when the rest of your body is stomping around all over the place.

But first a warning. Use your arms with lots of space, those walls can suddenly creep up on you, and broken wrists are never pretty.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What Do You Want To See in the Global Shuffle trailer ?

What Do You Want To See in the Global Shuffle trailer ?

Let me know. I'm cutting (editing) it right now.

The movie is finished and if I do say so myself, it looks mighty fine. :D

I’ve made over 100 versions x 80 mins long to get the right combination of oldskool, interviews and new footage. There is heaps of stuff never seen before, especially oldskool moves. They'll blow your socks off.

Seriously I counted about 28 moves in the opening 5 minutes that todays shufflers would never of seen before.

But there's suspense too.

I show you the day to day life of the oldskool Melbourne Underground, or night to night life more accurately.

It's all authentic real life footage with some amazing tales that I don't want to spoil.

They unfold as a narrative throughout the movie.
So I don't want to give too much away. It's exactly like we did with oldskool parties.

You needed to work at getting to a party. It was a treasure hunt. You had to be at the right place at the right time to receive further instructions.

The venue was kept secret until about 2 hours before the party started. You had to call a prerecorded message follow clues, usually symbols or landmarks. You'd start meeting others going to the party as you got closer all glowing in the dark with fluro phats and flashing toys, easy to spot.

You invested yourself emotionally into the experience.

But will it be any good when we get there ? is a fair enough question before you part with your cash, I know that's what I ask ;)

So what would you like to see in the official trailer ?
Let me know on the MSO forum

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Global Shuffle Competition – 20 Pro-Shuffle contracts to be Won !






The formal post is on the Global Shuffle site with all the specific details.


  • Open to everyone
  • Submit as many shuffle vids as you want.
  • Your shuffle vid must include “Global Shuffle” somewhere in the title.
  • TO ENTER You must subscribe to Global Shuffle on youtube and send your vid link and competition category nomination to Global Shuffle via Youtube.





Major Prize: 20 Pro-Shuffle Contracts to be Won.

  • Winners will be offered a pro-shuffle contract to appear on the GLOBAL SHUFFLE 1990:2010 2disc dvd.
  • The contract includes 1 Royalty/Share Unit per 1 minute of your shuffling included and free 2disc dvd sets to all winners.
  • Winners will be included in the Official Global Shuffle 1990:2010 collection

Main Competition Prizes:

  • 30 (2 disc) dvd sets
  • 50 online feature screenings.
  • Winners will be included in the Official Global Shuffle 1990:2010 collection

Competition Categories:

  • solo: 1 shuffler
  • pair: 2 shufflers
  • crew: 3+ shufflers
  • meet-up: 10+ shufflers
  • qualify: If you would like to have your shuffle vid included in the Official Global Shuffle 1990:2010 collection, but don’t wish to compete, you can nominate the qualify category.


Winners will be those with the highest number of public Youtube views AND ratings, Noon 15 August 2011 (Melbourne time GMT +10)

The Global Shuffle Director will also have a number of winners to select in the Directors Choice Awards.


1. You must subscribe to the Global Shuffle youtube channel

2. Send your vid link to GlobalShuffle (on youtube) and nominate which category you want to be in.

3. If you qualify, your vid will be listed in the qualify section as well as your nominated competition category.



more info to come

Friday, July 16, 2010


track: MSO//flatline
composer: Garry Shepherd
year: 2005
duration: 6:09
free mp3: 320k 14MB    128k. 5.5MB



This is one of my ‘Gallery’ pieces included in the Global Shuffle soundtrack. It is designed for installation in an art gallery environment.


Typically it involves multiple speakers arranged in the gallery to provide an immersive listening experience, with Doppler effects as listeners move throughout the space.

For domestic use it is best heard on a 5.1 home theatre system with a good sub-bass woofer.

Headphones with good bass capabilities are ideal for experiencing Binaural and Monaural beats - Sit or relax comfortably with headphones on and close eyes.

The piece was created on Moog Modular V by Arturia  screenshot below.

The work was performed live in my Nicholas Building studio (Melbourne CBD) all in one take. The work was generated from silence using only one synth, recorded direct to analog cassette audio tape from the stereo outputs, then digitally recaptured.

This is the original 1960’s analog Moog that it was based on

Thursday, July 8, 2010

How to run a Meet-Up

Meet ups are casual, fun and an excellent way to meet other shufflers in your area.

They’re really easy to do, and there’s lots of ways you can structure them, from just 5-6 people to 100’s.

Check out the mso forum for meet-ups in your area, advice on how to run a meet-up, how to get permission for a shuffle site and how to find out about local laws, even see how you can include a meet-up as part of your school work !! ;)

Friday, May 28, 2010

EDA (Extreme Dance Alliance)Chicago, Illinois GSD

This is a public announcement concerning a group called EDA (Extreme Dance Alliance) Chicago, Illinois. aka Chris Klemmer
Admin-Syphon from EDA

Pleased be advised that this group has nothing to do with Global Shuffle. Chris Klemmer/EDA does not have a contract with MSO or Global Shuffle.

Any video entry into any competition run by EDA WILL NOT get you into a Global Shuffle movie. Please do not be mislead by the deliberate similarity in names and competition.

The official Global Shuffle Competition rules are here 

The Official Global Shuffle Youtube channel is here.

GSD 2011 Singapore

Please note GLOBAL SHUFFLE has nothing to do with the upcoming event GSD 28 May 2011. Singapore.

The organiser, Singapore based SDF//xero aka LexC and zzasserzz has been caught pirating the Melbourne Shuffler (2005) dvd, which I am a partner of.

We have found this guy cannot be trusted and does NOT have our permission to use GLOBAL SHUFFLE or GSD, he 's also on youtbe.


If you want to appear in the legit GLOBAL SHUFFLE 2, then please visit for all the details and authorised events.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

My Latest Vid

Some of the latest vids by MSO forum members

=) My quick noob shuffle

 //newest shuffle//pace (VA SHUFFLER) <3 comments/subs/rates. on youtube please x)? -Di//pace

 Melbourne Shuffle Trailer Trailer for my crews new upcoming video

 4MR | pcKOT enjoy)

 daisuke if your a beginner like me and live in south florida show me your moves


Confessions of a Melbourne Shuffler

Friday, April 23, 2010


msoPHATS has just been advised of fake msoPHATS being sold online and through retail outlets. Some will even have the msoPHATS label (see above pic) sewn into them.

The only way you can legally buy new msoPHATS is by direct contact with me personally, via a series of emails and paypal transactions.

I have the list of all legitimate customers, so they do not need to worry.

But if you have purchased a pair of new msoPHATS from anyone other than me directly, you have bought fake msoPHATS.

If you are concerned about this, please get in touch with me

msoPHATS is considering legal action against those making and selling fake msoPHATS.

UPDATE 24 April 2010

msoPHATS formally announces the termination of a business contract with Alternate Gear (Sydney)  who have until today been making msoPHATS.

Alternate Gear have been ripping off not only msoPHATS but other phats designers.

UPDATE 25 April 2010

msoPHATS has received complaints from Alternate Gear customers regarding ‘knock-offs’.

Alternate Gear customers who have already paid money or placed orders with Alternate Gear, who want protection or assistance are advised to immediately report Alternate Gear or whoever sold you the phats, to the ACCC - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

They are an independent Australian statutory authority formed in 1995 to administer the Trade Practices Act 1974.


Fashion industry design thefts, ‘knock-offs’, are a billion dollar pirating black market that robs legitimate artists and designers of their fair pay and creative product.

A counterfeit (knock-off) is an imitation, usually one that is made with the intent of fraudulently passing it off as genuine. Counterfeit products are often produced with the intent to take advantage of the established worth of the imitated product.

Even if you are from outside of Australia, you can still report this to the ACCC. The ACCC also works with other countries authorities to stamp out these frauds.



ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)



Saturday, January 2, 2010

Melbourne Shuffle 1990:2010

Happy New Year everyone and happy 20th birthday to the Melbourne Shuffle !


I'm working on the Global Shuffle documentary at the moment. It will be released later this year 2010, check back to MSO for updates.

The documentary will be featuring the very earliest videos of the shuffle done by the original creators of the Melbourne Shuffle.

New shufflers today I'm sure will be surprised at the dozens of shuffle steps they have never heard about, mainly because they are not on youtube.

Most will not be aware that there were actually 3 main genre's of shuffling at the beginning (1990-96),

  • Dance Party
  • Rock
  • Goth

Only 2 steps have survived in mainstream shuffling, stomping (hardstyle) and shuffling (T step).

But as regular MSO readers will know, there are heaps more and you'll see them done by original shufflers for the first time ever !! on the Global Shuffle 1990:2010 documentary.

There will be limited cinema screenings and an international dvd release. There'll be plenty of Global Shuffle webclips and online extra's, bio's, free music downloads, online competitions and more...

It's taken 2 years of editing and preparation so far. The biggest challenge has been salvaging the original footage. Most of it on 20 year old video tape, which degrades with time, moisture and dust. Then degrades further with each playing and copy.

Just that concept alone will be unknown to most new shufflers who have grown up with digital everything.

In 1990 we were still firmly in the analog era. Digital was 8bit and only available in specialist areas, music, games and private online networks known as bbs - bulletin boards, the same as todays forums.

There was no internet/www, email was like having your own space shuttle and phones were hard wired into your house and used for talking ! text ? WTF?

Most people were still getting to grips with vinyl records being replaced by 'digital' CD's. There were lots of arguments about which format was better. Though everyone agreed they were better than audiotape cassettes. But nothing beat the Sony Walkman for personal mobile sound. It even took another decade from 1990 for Apple to digitise the Walkman into an ipod. That's how far back the shuffle started.

Melbourne in 1990 like the rest of the world was in recession, just as were are today. Times were very tough, the future was scary and nobody seemed to be in control anymore.

Just the year before 1989, Wall Street had crashed, the Berlin Wall had been torn down and we'd watched lone protestors face off with tanks in China.

The 'Cold War' we'd lived with for all our lives was over, because ordinary people decided we'd had enough of that.

We wanted to have some fun now. We were tired of all the pain, the politics, the corruption, the bullshit. We could do what ever we wanted to now. We, just ordinary people, were in control for a change.

So in Melbourne, we danced a new dance. We kept what we liked from the past, added our own stuff and shuffled them around to suit our mood.

There were no rules, no limits. We wanted to explore and find out what else there was to life.

And so began and still goes, the Melbourne Shuffle...

Have a great year everyone