CRAZY DANCE MOVES!
Dancing is an integral part to most subcultures; ska is no exception to this rule. As a matter of fact, dancing plays a large role in the Ska subculture. Why? Ska was originally played at clubs and dancehalls in Jamaica. These spaces provided Jamaicans with the opportunity to dance the night away, as well as hearing the latest releases from their favorite stars.
As you have guessed from the title this article, we will explore other methods of dancing besides the played-out skanking and most other tactics utilized by today's teens. First of all there should be a strong internal rhythm that corresponds to the beat of the music. In other words, you must really feel the music with your soul. Another important thing to remember is that one should always apply & maintain one's own style to every dance technique, whether it's skanking or jiving. Originality can put you on top - try not to do what everyone else is doing. A mix & match approach is always good. For instance, don't spend all your time doing the same repetitive move. Just as the songs differ, so should your dancing.
Moves from the late fifties to the late sixties include "The Peppermint Twist" (over 100's of different versions), "The Dog", "The Hitch Hike", "The Shake", & "The Monkey". These are American Soul based, but were popularized by the mods in the U.K. at this time. Other dances such as "The Reggae", "The Ska", & "Kingston Head Roll" are rooted in Jamaica. All these methods are valid when dancing to Ska/Rocksteady.
I will only describe and provide visual aid for a few of these dances. If I was to describe them all, you'd probably get a bit bombarded & confused by all the information. For those of you who are ambitious, try throwing in some spins, head rolls, or side slides. These are just a couple of tips to help you get some style. Don't forget, real dancing comes from the heart and if you truly enjoy the music you'll always come out on top.
*Mod - Sharp dressed, middle classed, pill popping, soul dancing, scooter riding, artsy youth.