Where is House dance in Detroit? I have been going out quite regularly in the city for over 12 years and I have yet to see a strong presence of people that actually know how to dance to House music or really even care about it in the first place. It does make me wonder if the majority of House fans, especially today, are really just going to the clubs to get high. Dancing for most people at events, is something that happens after you have completely masked your lack of self-confidence by getting extremely bent. Now I’m not here to judge anybody or get high and mighty. I really do wish to benefit this scene and consider you all as my people, and equals. I feel that we all really do want the same things and deep down we all long for something spiritual. Everytime we get bent, it is really a mis-interpretation of spiritual energy. Because of our upbringing and exposure to the horrors of the world, we attempt to experience spirituality in negative ways, and these negative ways can attract negative attachments. We are unable to see that the universe is attempting to heal us.
I have found myself lately feeling negative towards the scene here. With popular culture’s new found fascination with Deep House music, more people are coming out to shows, getting completely numb, and flopping around like fish on the dance floor while chewing on their jaw like it’s bubblegum. For a few days I was feeling like all electronic music and the whole scene is complete bullshit and isn’t real. It took me a few days of self reflection and experiencing nature to wake me up out of the funk. After an organic liberation through hiking and kayaking, I was feeling quite in-tune. I later was watching some House dance video tutorials online and listening to African Deep House music and it all came back to me. The music that is.
I have always appreciated the oldschool House heads for their dedication and ability to cut the rug. The mostly older black community in Detroit that helped started all this, really know what this music is all about. It’s not about drugs, alcohol, or being popular. It’s a spiritual thing, a body thing, and a soul thing. It’s excepting yourself for who you are, expressing yourself honestly to others, and receiving honest feedback from them through dance and music. This honest enjoyment of each other is the spiritual in its finest. It is for everybody, and needs to be preserved before all is lost to corporate America because the people are too far gone into alcoholism and drug abuse to realize what the fuck happened.
With this said I would like to challenge every reader of this article. I am asking you to learn how to dance. For your sake, other’s sake, and to bring it all back full circle to what this music is all about. We need to express the soul of Detroit. Dancing is an essential element of music and without it, the music is nothing. I don’t want to sound like a prude. I definitely drink alcohol and partake in organic activities, but if you are only practicing dancing, at the club, when you’re bent, then you are doing it wrong. This is the reason nobody can dance. You are not Allen Iverson. You definitely need practice.
Also, all of us need healing. House music and House dance can provide this healing. There is energy from the Earth attempting to reach out to us. It is coming from rocks, dirt, and the roots of trees. It is coming from underneath the ground. It is coming from the underground, and the only way to respectfully greet this energy is through our footwork. So Detroit, I say to you, let me see your footwork!
Here are some videos to get you started. I am also very interested to know if anybody in the area is practicing regularly. Let’s start a group. Let’s get some classes going. Let’s bring the art back to House music and make the Detroit House scene something to envy.