Electro Dance, also called Milky Way or Tecktonik (TCK), is a frenetic and quirky form of street dance which is typically performed to electro house music. It is based on, although is not limited to,a blend of different dance styles, such as Industrial, Disco, Vogue, Waacking, Hip-Hop and Freehand Glowsticking. It started in the 2000s and originated from the southern suburbs of Paris, France,mainly from the Metropolis nightclubs and has grown around the world. Fast-paced techno and electro house music imported from Northern Europe is the usual choice for Tecktonik dancing.Electro dance is predominantly about arm movement, taking basic elements from glowsticking such as the concept of Freehand, the Figure 8 and the idea of the Leading Hand (one hand geometrically followingthe other), while staying very much in a disco tastes, by amplifying points and poses as a main aspect to this style. Down below Electro dancers tend to use their hips, knees and feet to gentlyshuffle across the floor in beat to the music, quite often in a random and jerky fashion. They also tend to include elements of toprock, B-boy-like footwork, lending to the hip hop-like influences in a lotof the electro house music.
The term "Tecktonik" is a registered trademark that began in Paris, and this has created issues for dance events or other uses of the name. The creators of theTecktonik brand (most notably, Cyril Blanc, the artistic director of Metropolis) sell official products, such as clothes, Matts CDs, and energy drinks. "Tecktonik" is just a brand, the dance is called"Electro Dance".
In 2002, Cyril Blanc and Alexandre Barouzdin organize "Tecktonik Killer" parties under their project called "Tecktonik Events" whose purpose was to promote inFrance two styles of music who originated in Belgium and The Netherlands: hardstyle and jumpstyle. This project foresaw, in the Metropolis nightclub, the creation of three types of parties where DJs...