Everybody’s shuffling on Factory’s top floor
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Masses of trendy two-steppers have been piling into Factory’s top floor to compete in “shuffle-offs”.
Shuffling, a chart house music dance style originating from the 80s has become popular among the young men of Manchester, and is described as “cross between between an Irish jig and a mimed walk over hot coals.”
Now, revellers have been cutting shapes in their thousands on the top floor of Factory – a club once hailed as the pinnacle of the Manchester clubbing scene.
“Shuffle-offs” have been captivating Factory’s sweat induced third floor for the last few months – and it’s become the Mecca of the Manchester shuffling world.
But many shufflers have found themselves subject to criticisms of other straight-faced revellers.
Joe, a second year Politics and Modern History student said: “I first noticed it happening at the start of summer in Gorilla and I thought that drugs had got the better of their nervous system.
“But it was only when I noticed it happening on a weekly basis at Factory that I realised they were actually doing it on purpose, I’m embarrassed for them.”
But Joe soon found himself personally affected by the opinion-splitting trend. “I recently lost a close friend to the scene and I genuinely feel bereaved. “I turned to my mate in Factory, ready to signal a trip to the crowded bar, when I noticed there was something wrong with his legs, did he need medical attention? I thought, and then I realised he had succumbed to their sleeve-rolled charms.
“I now realise it can happen to anyone.”
But shufflers themselves are having the time of their life. Phil, a second year student-turned-shuffler, shuffles every day. He said: “Shuffling and house music seem to go hand in hand, it’s only natural that when I hear house music that I should start shuffling.”
Airing on the side of obsession, the Biology student said: “If it was socially acceptable to shuffle down the street with my iPod in, I happily would.”
Love them or loathe them, it looks like the shufflers are here to stay, well, at least until the next dance trend, hopscotch perhaps? Catch it first at a house room near you.