It’s Tecktonik!!!

Believe it or not, the term tecktonik is a registered trademark. But, you definitely don’t need anyone’s approval to practice it.

After originating in the Netherlands and moving to the streets of Paris in the early 2000’s, tecktonik dance has spread – and is continuing to gain popularity – through the veins of the Internet,  into the bodies and out through the fingertips of young men and women around the world.

The pop-underground movement of Tecktonik (a.k.a. TCK) – or electro – dance is “based on a blend of techno, rave and hip-hop styles – (late ’80s vogue, ’90s waving and b-boying, and ’70s disco).” And with this kind of dance, it’s all about the arms; in this video, I almost expect one or two to fall off.

Once you’ve mastered the movements, created your own or you just want to look the part, all that’s needed is a pair of skinny jeans, a tight neon-colored shirt and an arm band or two…funky hair cut and color is optional.

In 2007, L’Agence France Presse wrote a story on this “homespun urban dance phenomenon,” which the organization called “the talk of this year’s Paris Techno Parade.” The AFP spoke with the artistic director of the Metropolis – a series of clubs on the outskirts of Paris where TCK originated – who said the craze started when he founded dance nights called Tecktonik Killer. For seven years, it was here where young adults “rocked out” to the harder sounds of Northern Europe and the softer sounds of its Southern counterpart, until the tecktonik movement truly broke into the City of Light.

“Little by little, the clubbers who came invented a choreography,” he added, explaining how Tecktonik dancing came to be born.

And thanks to the Internet, you can learn too! Click here before continuing to read…

…if you did click there, I bet there was a 9/10 chance you just attempted those step-by-step arm and hand movements yourself. Yet another reason why this dance gained popularity via the Internet – you can learn it in the privacy of your own room with no one to critique you except the mirror. If you’re in Paris and are feeling some confidence, head out to Le Centre Pompidou where street dancers frequent.

Practice makes perfect, and if cartoons can do it, so can you! Just make sure you dance in a safe location…

Brace Your Ears & Eyes, Paris

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Who can say no to free techno music in the streets of Paris in mid-September? Rendez-Vous Electronique, sponsored by Technopol (L’Association au Service de la Culture Électro) will host 150 techno mucisians on Sept. 19. Electrifying decibles will bring out hundreds of thousands of French (and European) partiers.

In 1998, the Berlin Love Parade, inspired the the first Rendez-Vous Electroniqes Festival. Techno either has a love or hate relationship with its audiences. However, it has had a large following among young Europeans ever since Berlin became the unofficial capital of Techno in the 1990s. Paris is the perfect central place to bring together the Techno lovers in a great atmosphere for raving and a big party. After the free outdoor techno show expires, there are plenty of indoor discotheques to amuse the drunken and chemically-enhanced after-partiers.

Last year’s theme song explains the festival best: “Paris Makes me Feel Like Dancing.”


Techno Parade 2008 – vidéo officielle

I hope festival coordinators made extra room on the dance floor for the skinny jeans and flailing arms associated with the dance phenomenon called Tecktonik. This dance-style-turned-lifestyle is popular among Techno-head French teenagers, especially those in Metropolis, where Tecktonik fans created a trademarked brand and “stylish” hairstyle. No more words, this video by Yelle featuring dancing star, Treaxy, says it all: