October 27, 2012


Lessons From Voodoo: 12 Ways to Dance at an EDM Show

Aubree Lennon for Fuse
Aubree Lennon for Fuse

At New Orleans' Voodoo Music Experience, there's a stage for nearly every kind of festival-goer: There's the traditional New Orleans-style jazz stage, the indie rock stage, the up-and-comers, the headliners and one of Voodoo's most popular destinations, the EDM stage.

Featuring dizzying light shows and incessant, addictive beats, performers like Beverly Skillz, Nervo, Die Antwoord, JFK from MSTRKRFT and Kaskade lured festival goers from all corners of City Park to join in on the party. And everyone knows what you're supposed to do at a party: dance.

Turns out there are approximately a bajillion different ways to dance at an EDM show. No matter what your style, from the super laid-back to the "I'm pretty sure whatever he's on is not legal," we witnessed it all. We even boogied a little, too.

Check out 12 crazy dance moves we spotted at the EDM stage at Voodoo.

The Head Bob: Recommended for first-time EDM show attendees. It requires the least amount of effort but still says, "We might have similar interests."

The Air Traffic Controller: Find two appropriately sized objects, grab one in each hand, and direct imaginary airplanes to the beat of the music. Easy as that.

The Shakira: If you didn't think you could seductively sway your hips in the middle of a sweaty crowd and a pulsating laser show, think again.

Aubree Lennon for Fuse
Aubree Lennon for Fuse

The No Holds Barred Body Flailing: It looks like you're doing really fast water aerobics on land. Probably burns the same amount of calories, too.

The Bro Step: In which a bunch of bros form a semi-circle and perform what looks to be a combination of an Irish jig and a professional step routine.

The Mom Dance: You know the one. Slightly off-rhythm but gosh darn it, she's earnest.

The Hair Swirl: Just think about that part in The Little Mermaid when Ariel comes out of the water very dramatically whipping her wet hair back. And then do that over and over from side to side.

The Skipping "Running Man": A slight twist on the '80s classic, it's like the Bro Step but takes itself much less seriously.

Aubree Lennon for Fuse
Aubree Lennon for Fuse

The Hula: We can't tell you where to get a light-up hula hoop, but if you find one and bring it to an EDM show, you pretty much win everything that night.

The Glowstick Whisperer: It's like the glowsticks are invisibly attached to the dancer's hands and the dancer is gently caressing the glowsticks by way of odd twisting and turning motions. It might actually be magic.

The Jump Around: If you really don't have any swag in the dance department, just jump up and down like a little kid on Christmas. Do it for 10 minutes, hydrate, repeat.

The ...Ah, Never Mind: Ever go into a room and forget what you went in there for? It's like that but mid-dance move, your body's too drunk to continue. This one's a festival fave!

Don't miss more of our Voodoo coverage! Check out 15 Totally Awesome Photos From Voodoo: Day 1 and the Best Damn Costumes from Voodoo 2012!