Celebrating Footwork


When thinking about the importance of house music, the dance that it created—and that inspired the genre’s evolution—is less often discussed. Chicago’s footwork crew The Era is doing what it can to call attention to the significance of its style as art form and as cultural celebration. At Dazed Magazine, in a piece highlighting the group and the work they represent, Louise Brailey writes:

If you’ve spent any time exploring footwork on YouTube you’ll have seen the moves—the erks and jerks, skates, ghost, running man—and the incredible agility and precision that goes into bringing them all together. Sometimes it seems that a brilliant dancer isn’t just battling his rivals in the circle, but some very fundamental laws of physics, too. What is less obvious to the spectator is the huge significance invested in the feedback loop between the scene’s dancers and producers, essentially the motor behind the music’s constant renewal and development.

Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →