DJ Dance Moves 101 (How a DJ dances)

Really interesting/funny post by Pure.fm that caught my attention and make me laugh too 😉

“To become a rock star DJ, you have to learn how to dance like a rock star DJ. Since space is very limited in the DJ booth, most DJs have adapted to the following 6 dance moves.

1. Fist Pump:

Purpose: The DJ wants to get the crowd pumped because the track is a “banger”
Origin: Jersey Shore Guido DJs
Ex: Fedde Le Grand: His right arm is larger than his left arm from fist pumping so much.

2. Overhead Clap:

Purpose: The DJ’s way of interacting with the crowd. The DJ claps; you clap (very similar to the game of Simon Says).
Origin: As a child, the DJ was a big fan of the game Simon Says so he got the crowd to play along.
Ex: All Djs do this. Who wouldn’t want to make an entire club clap with him?!

3. One Finger Fist Pump: (Almost identical to the fist pump except the DJ does the #1 sign)

Purpose: The DJ wants to remind the crowd that he is THE #1 in the club right now.
Origin: Irish Djs’ way of signaling to the promoter that they want ONE more bottle of vodka.
Ex: Norman Doray: He will finger pump through his entire set if he learned how to DJ with one hand.

4. The Heart: (Makes a heart shape with two hands)

Purpose: The DJ wants to show the crowd that he loves their support (and all the money they spent on buying his music & merchandise).
Origin: Gay DJs way of showing how much he loves the dance floor filled with shirtless sweaty men.
Ex: Laidback Luke: No other DJ can make a more perfect heart with their hands than he can (in a very heterosexual way).

5. Magic Jazz Piano Fingers: (Lift both hands up and wiggle the fingers like you’re playing air piano)

Purpose: To keep the crowd entertained when the melody part of the song is comes on and the DJ has nothing better to do with his hands.
Origin: A jealous DJ’s wife wanted him to show his wedding ring to the disco booth bunnies, so he kept lifting his hands up every 5 mins and wiggling his fingers during his set.
Ex: Sander Van Magic-Finger Doorn. His fingers will fall off if he keeps doing this dance move.

6. The Spread Eagle: (Arms stretched to the side, puff out chest, face the sky)

Purpose: The DJ is showing the crowd that he should be worshipped at that point.
Origin: Brazilian DJs that were copying the statue of Jesus Christ in Rio De Janeiro.
Ex: Tiesto: The trance lord is also the Lord of the Spread Eagle. Even his logo is an eagle with its wings spread open.

Once you have mastered these top 6 dance moves, you are on your way to rock star DJ status.

Once you become a rock star DJ, you can invent your own dance moves. For example, Steve the Ninja Aoki invented the DJ crowd surf; jump into a crowd filled with drunk people and hope you make it back into the booth in time to mix your next track in.

SOURCE: http://blog.pure.fm/events/dj-dance-moves-101-how-a-dj-dances

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    • vekken
    • May 14th, 2010

    😀

    • inmigrado
    • May 15th, 2010

    hahahah spread eagle is the best lol

    • drm
    • October 3rd, 2012

    Great list. As an addendum, I would like to recommend

    7. The finger lick. Purpose : To create the illusion of looking like you know how to scratch records.

    8. The imaginary know twirl. Purpose : To fool the audience into thinking you’re actually doing something, even though it’s already in the music. Masters at this, do all their knob twiddling on Program 2, usually because it isn’t going out to the speakers.

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