Tirelessly scouring the world for the exciting and the new, I heard about a dance craze called Tecktonik overnight, during my monitoring of the BBC World Service. The “programme” I heard was the Monday installment of The Strand.

Unlike The Meatstick and The Mashed Potato, “Tecktonic” is a registered trademark and has a site officiel.

As you can see there, it also has its own hairdo — kind of a science-fictional Mohawk mullet. There are even a couple of official salons. Brilliant.

According to Wikipedia, Tecktonik is also known as “tck,” “electro dance,” “vertigo,” and “Milky Way.” According to my own Googling, the word “wantek” has something to do with it too.

News of the new and fabulous can be slow to reach us here in Racine and, as you might expect, the Tecktonic dance craze took Paris by storm a good year and a half ago. It was the talk of the 2007 Paris Techno Parade. and even then it was something that had been going on for years at Metropolis. There, combining elements of breakdancing, hip-hop, and techno, a discernible set of moves developed which consists, according to the BBC report, of 80 percent arm movements and 20 percent footwork.

Ballet dancer Cyril Blanc is the man most frequently credited with inventing Tck, along with his partner Alexander Barouzdin, a Merrill Lynch investment banker.

From there, the dance has spread via Internet. The most-viewed example on YouTube is said to be this one above, “Jey-jey “Wantek” Danse electro :).”

Watching this, Amy immediately recognized the style from the “Christian Bale rave” seen nine minutes in to Episode 57 of The Digg Reel. Apparently, mustachioed host Andrew Bancroft is no stranger to hardstyle danse wantek.

Another popular Tecktonik dancer is Cali, who started demonstrating his moves in his living room and now sports a virtual wantek training course via his calimero91430 channel at YouTube.

There is some controversy surrounding Tecktonik, due to its trademark and official logo, which are used to market merchandise ranging from CD compilations and T-shirts to video games, energy drinks, magazines, mobile phone service, and school bags.

Can a youth movement thrive if it is licensed and regulated? I don’t know, maybe I should ask Miley Cyrus. One philosopher/critic interviewed in the story on The Strand dismisses it as “anti-rock and roll,” a “safe” dance, and “a Sarkozy dance.”

So there you have it. Now go help the economy and your own self image. Go get your Tck Mohawk, and start dancing to some Tecktonik CDs, and you’ll be looking good in your skinny jeans, hi top sneakers, and neon T-shirts in no time.

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