Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Northern Soul Music - Dance Moves and More

Edwin StarrImage via Wikipedia
By Russell Thorp

Do you consider yourself a music aficionado, but can't seem to figure out what people mean when they talk about northern soul music? If you live outside the UK, it's reasonable to assume that you would have been ignorant to the musical movement that gave birth to this term.

Typically, this genre is defined as music belonging to a collection of uncommon Motown, Chicago and New York soul music that was played on the radio by British disc jockeys in northern England during the late 1960's and '70s. This type of soul music is unique in that it was atypical of the music that was topping the charts in America around the same time..

Born after the mod scene had seen its most popular day, but before punk music would shake up the entire British music scene with its raw sound and ragged styles, northern soul music enjoyed a unique combination of fashion, song, and dance. Because northern soul was so much more upbeat than many of the records that were making headlines in the U.S. at the time, the dancing style that accompanied it was much more energetic and active than you might expect..

London record store owner David Godin is credited with coining the term northern soul music as a way to help his clerks sell the type of music the customers were looking for. Troops of kids were coming into London looking for the quick tempo songs that were popular a few years ago, and rather than waste time trying to sell them on the current popular black American music, Godin told them to promote that "northern soul" instead.

Although many people thought it would die in the early 1980's the popular records and artists of this movement have remained in the hearts and record players of those that listened to them. If you like this type of music and you're interested in learning some northern soul music dance moves, it's very easy to get started.

First, choose a song that has a steady 4/4 beat, like Edwin Starr's "Double-O-Soul," or Major Lance's "Monkey Time." Listen to the beat for the first couple of bars, and then take four quick steps to the left, and four quick steps to the right, in time with the music. When you're comfortable, start shifting your weight to the ankles and balls of your feet. Talcum powder can be applied to the dance floor to make this easier.

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