House dance

House dance is a freestyle street dance and social dance that has roots in the underground house music scene of Chicago and New York.[1][2] It is typically danced to loud and bass-heavy electronic dance music provided by DJs in nightclubs or at raves.

Elements and characteristicsEdit

The main elements of House dance include "jacking", "footwork", and "lofting".[3] The element of "jacking", or the "jack", – an ecstatic, sex-driven rippling movement of the torso – is the most famous dance move associated with early house music.[4][5] It has found its way onto numerous record titles like the Jack Trax EP by Chip E. (1985), "Jack'n the House" (1985) by Farley "Jackmaster" Funk (1985), "Jack Your Body" by Steve "Silk" Hurley (1986), or "Jack to the Sound of the Underground" by Fast Eddie (1988).

House dance is often improvised and emphasizes fast and complex foot-oriented steps combined with fluid movements in the torso, as well as floor work. There is an emphasis on the subtle rhythms and riffs of the music, and the footwork follows them closely.[citation needed]

Notable dancersEdit

In the early progressions of the dance, there were hundreds of phenomenal dancers that were key in its progression in this social dance scene. However, out of the many there were few instrumental in the introduction of house dance culture across the globe. Some of these dancers are Ejoe Wilson, Brian "Footwork" Green, Tony McGregor, Marjory Smarth, Caleaf Sellers, "Brooklyn" Terry Wright, Kim D. Holmes, Shannon Mabra, Tony "Sekou" Williams, Shannon Selby (aka Shan S), Voodoo Ray, and others.[citation needed]

Competitions and festivalsEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Phil Cheeseman: "The History Of House", DJ Magazine, 2003.
  2. ^ "What is house?", discussion board on, 2008.
  3. ^ Czarina Mirani: Spin Slide and Jack: A History of House Dancing on 5 Magazine, 2005.
  4. ^ Barry Walters: Burning Down the House, in SPIN magazine, November 1986.
  5. ^ Simon Reynolds: Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture. Routledge, 1999. pp. 28-29.