The Running Man is a street and fad dance that originated in late 1986early 1987 and was performed most notably by MC Hammer, LMFAO,and Vanilla Ice during their live concert shows and music videos, butachieved renewed popularity in the 2000s. It is also used in some formsof the Melbourne Shuffle dance style. It consists of a hopping or slidingstep done in such a way at speed to simulate a runner.The Running Man craze started in Cardiff, Wales. It features many peopledancing the Running Man and ends with the "rights" to the dance beingsigned over to MC Hammer under duress.The Running Man dance is also popular in PlayStation Home forPlayStation 3 where people line their avatars up in long train lines andperform the dance.Will Smith performed the running man in Drums and dance as his oldtitle, Fresh Prince.The dance Jumpstyle similarly contains moves whereby the legs areswung back and forth, almost imitating the running man in an airbornemanner.Shuffling also originated from B boy. B boys called it therunning man.
The Melbourne Shuffle (also known as Rocking or simplyThe Shuffle) is a rave and club dance that originated in thelate 1980s in the underground rave music scene inMelbourne, Australia. The basic movements in the danceare a fast heel-and-toe action with a style suitable forvarious types of electronic music. Some variants incorporatearm movements. People who dance the shuffle are oftenreferred to as rockers, due in part to the popularity ofshuffling to rock music in the early 1990s.The Electro Hop group LMFAO featured several electro house dancersperforming the shuffle in their "Party Rock Anthem" music video. LMFAOalso organized an online shuffle contest for their video, the winner appearedin their Party Rock Anthem video. LMFAO are seen doing the Shuffle in themusic videos for their singles Champagne Showers, Sexy and I Know It,Sorry for Party Rocking.
OriginDrifting as a driving technique is documented as early as the 1930s as being used by drivers of the GrandPrix cars of the day. At least one piece of extant period footage used to promote the sale of a rare Auto UnionD-Type racer clearly depicts the driver throwing his vehicle into a controlled drift to navigate a bend in theroad racing track.Modern drifting as a sport started out as a racing technique popular in the All Japan Touring CarChampionship races. Motorcycling legend turned driver, Kunimitsu Takahashi, was the foremost creator ofdrifting techniques in the 1970s. He is noted for hitting the apex (the point where the car is closest to theinside of a turn) at high speed and then drifting through the corner, preserving a high exit speed. This earnedhim several championships and a legion of fans who enjoyed the spectacle of smoking tires. The bias plyracing tires of the 1960s-1980s lent themselves to driving styles with a high slip angle. As professional racersin Japan drove this way, so did the street racers.Keiichi Tsuchiya (known as the Dorikin/Drift King) became particularly interested by Takahashis drifttechniques. Tsuchiya began practicing his drifting skills on the mountain roads of Japan, and quickly gained areputation amongst the racing crowd. In 1987, several popular car magazines and tuning garages agreed toproduce a video of Tsuchiyas drifting skills. The video, known as Pluspy, became a hit and inspired many ofthe professional drifting drivers on the circuits today. In 1988, alongside Option magazine founder and chiefeditor Daijiro Inada, he would help to organize one of the first events specifically for drifting called the D1Grand Prix. He also drifted every turn in Tsukuba Circuit in Japan.
Present dayDrifting has evolved into a competitive sport where drivers competemostly in rear-wheel-drive cars, to earn points from judges based onvarious factors. At the top levels of competition, the D1 Grand Prix inJapan pioneered the sport. Others such as Formula D in the UnitedStates, and the NZ Drift Series in New Zealand have come along tofurther expand it into a legitimate motor sport worldwide. The driverswithin these series were originally influenced by the pioneers from D1Japan and are able to keep their cars sliding for extended periods oftime, often linking several turns.