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    These Feet Were Made for Workin': Inside Chicago's Explosive Footwork Scene

    Sometimes dance music needs a push. And for an increasing number of artists and fans from the late 2000s forward, the once-insular sound and competitive dance culture of Chicago's "footwork" scene has provided not only that push, but has shoved many more familiar dance genres right off a cliff.Since the first tracks tagged as footwork appeared in the late 1990s, their roaring sub-bass, minced-vocal samples, and knifelike claps (at a fitful 160 beats per minute) have been heard, almost exclusively, pouring out of roller rinks and school gyms in the Windy City's predominately black neighborhoods on the South and West sides.

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