Footwork: Chicago Dance Music With A Need For Speed

From left to  right, DJ Clent, Bobby Skillz, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Gantman, Patricia  from Bang the Box and Traxman in front of the Picasso statue in Chicago. i i

From left to right, DJ Clent, Bobby Skillz, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Gantman, Patricia from Bang the Box and Traxman in front of the Picasso statue in Chicago. Wills Glasspiegel for NPR hide caption

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From left to  right, DJ Clent, Bobby Skillz, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Gantman, Patricia  from Bang the Box and Traxman in front of the Picasso statue in Chicago.

From left to right, DJ Clent, Bobby Skillz, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Gantman, Patricia from Bang the Box and Traxman in front of the Picasso statue in Chicago.

Wills Glasspiegel for NPR

Since the mid-'90s, a style of dance and a genre of music that share the name footwork have been livening up parties and late-night public access TV in Chicago. Now footwork is reaching beyond its hometown over YouTube and through local and European music promoters.

Reporter Wills Glasspiegel went to the source to talk to the DJs and dancers making the scene happen. You can hear his radio piece above, watch video of a footwork dance battle below or watch a documentary video about footwork in a post we published in December.

And just for good measure, you can hear a footwork remix of the All Things Considered theme song here.

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