Modern Version 2-Step

In case you have never seen the 2-Step Garage dance being performed, I’m here to tell you that it is a dance fully derivative of the 2-Step you may already know how to do (probably the most basic and easiest dance step created) only more elaborate and creative in its variety of styles. ‘Garage’ is a term used to define a kind of wild or techno based music or dance done in nightclubs done to eclectic beats.

2-Step Garage dance originated in London, England in 1999.  It appeals greatly to younger people and children. They seem to be the people who do these dances and are greatly attracted to the music and steps of this dance. So, it is a fairly new dance that is done to modern electronic music. You could say, it is the new form of disco.

2-Step Garage dance combines styles of R&B, Hip Hop, Rap, Jungle and House music. The songs/dances rely heavily on the strong emphasis of drum and bass and can be very soulful and funky. But the beats used in the music are decidedly different from House or Techno music. Most of the vocals in the songs are done by females.

Master of Ceremonies (MCs) play a big part in the 2-Step Garage records and dance scene. You can hear them all over the records rhyming to the music.   Many times there will be two versions of the same tune. One version can be MCs rhyming and the other version is straight music without the MCs.  At 2-Step Garage parties and nightclubs, you may see live MCs rhyming to the music. This is when the DJs will then play the version without the recorded MCs just so they can leave enough room for the live MC’s voice.

I have done  a blog on Dubstep which is a sub genre of the 2-Step Garage dance.   If you ever get a chance to see either one of these dances being performed, you will immediately see the finesse and precision it takes to do them. Also, the dancers who perform these dances know the difference and use these differences to capture their audiences with these subtle nuances and their prowess.

In recent years, these types of dances have become less popular. I wonder if that is because it takes forever to learn how to move your body in perfect rhythm with

your feet to synchronize those steps perfectly!

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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website