Wednesday, October 27, 2010

'Ugly' dancing celebrated as art form in German contest

In normal dance competitions, it's the best dancers who receive the award but at the Ugly Dance World Cup in Hamburg, the winners were those who made the biggest impact with their unconventional moves.

The music playing at the Terrace Hill club in Hamburg is not particularly appealing. In fact, it is rather ugly. And this makes it a perfect match to tonight's theme: the Ugly Dance World Cup.

Four young men in their early twenties are dancing on the stage - or just moving about strangely to tacky 90s party music, depending on how you see it. One of them is jumping around and flailing his arms, out of sync with the music. Another is holding his hands bashfully over his crotch, while yet another just stands there, pretending to play a recorder.

This is not something that most would describe as an artistic performance - but according to Florian Schueppel, the event's manager, it is.

"Ugly Dance is the art of unattractive dancing," said Schueppel. "We are not looking for bad dancers, but people who do ugly dancing artfully."

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