An excerpt from the upcoming book SHOCKIN' THE HOUSE The History of American Street Dance
A Street Dancers interpretation of the music when improvising.
by Steven Nicholas AKA Skeeter Rabbit, Electric Boogaloo 1961 to 2006.
Its a three principal idea about music for us. The first is being on beat. And it's just the simple cadence of dancing (his finger snapped).. Then we have riding the beat. Which is what Boogaloo Sam does best "|which you ride the sounds from the music..So not just the beat..you ride all the sounds the horn hits the base drumb "| the kick drumb ah..Gutar licks "| the base.. any sound that comes out.. minie mogue what ever "|.So that's called riding the beat "|.and then the third and the most difficult is freekin the beat "|.. Now Freeking the beat is what you do inbetween the sounds to land on the beat..so you don't have to be on beat.. you have to land on beat "|so you have "|. on beat "| ridin the beat and freekin the beat.
Shockin' the House is a book I've been writing on the History of American Street Dance. It will trace the evolution of this great American art form and will include pictures and interviews.. Toni Basil
Here is the list of dance steps I teach in my 60’s DEEP FUNK AND LOCKING CLASS that everybody has been asking for. I explore steps from the late 50’s through 1970 and the creation of the Campbellock.
Please note! The dates on the list are to the best of my knowledge based on the dances I danced and the research on the recorded year of the songs referenced…In that era there were songs for the dances. I think most of the time the songs were inspired by the popular dance steps but sometimes the dance steps were created from the songs.
Dance steps late 1950's through the 60's to 1971
The shoes had leather soles ,the floors were wood and there were songs for the dances.