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France dances to Tecktonik

Dec 7

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While Dublin's indie and metal teenagers mooch and sulk around Temple Bar and its Music Centre (aka The Button Factory), their Parisian dance-music counterparts are outside the Centre Pompidou and being far more active. The plaza outside the famous art gallery is a hot-spot for Tecktonik, the breakdance-meets-techno dance style that's the talk of the Paris club scene.

The Tecktonik style started as long ago as 2000, in a Paris nightclub called Metropolis. But it's only this year that it began to have an impact on the public consciousness - the annual Paris Techno Parade this September marks the start of serious media attention on the movement. TV news programmes have begun to report on the craze - which probably means that it's about to become seriously uncool.

Tecktonik dancers have their own distinctive look - heavily-gelled futuristic haircuts matched with skinny-fit jeans and T-shirts. The robotic dance moves add to the cutting-edge visual impression of the style; advertising agencies in France and beyond are finding Tecktonik irresistible.

Now more and more clubs are putting on Tecktonik nights, a business which is not as straightforward as it sounds. Many such nights are being stopped with injunctions - not by the police or local authorities, as with raves, but by the Metropolis nightclub, who are the owners of Tecktonik.

Yes, Tecktonik is a registered trademark, the first dance to be copyrighted. No other club can advertise a Tecktonik night, as this would legally infringe on the Metropolis' trademark. Some clubs are bypassing this by holding 'Danse Electro' nights instead.

A range of Tecktonik merchandise is available, bearing the symbol of an eagle (left). This symbol, though, has only served to add even more controversy - many people feel that the Tecktonik eagle resembles that used in Nazi imagery.

You can check out some Tecktonik moves in the video for 'A Cause Des Garçons" by Yelle, a current hit in French nightclubs:

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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Why am I reminded of the superclub as "brand" era of Cream, Ministry of Sound, etc.? It'll all end in tears....

By Binokular on   Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Exactly: like Ministry of Sound, Tecktonik will be more active in T-shirt sales than in music.

By aidan on   Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Re: France dances to Tecktonik

dont think the same, it's been around since 2002 and doesnt seems to get weak

By cesar on   Thursday, June 26, 2008
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Kan't G3t enough TecKtOniK

Since my friend told me about tecktonik I can't listen to anything else tecktonik is the hottes s@&t around and it will Neva die! is about to take over New York yeah people have no idea can't wait thanks you guys.

By JUAN C-YO on   Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

i am from france but actually i am living in new york !! i am profesional tecktonik dancer !! but i didn t find anyone who can or wanna learn !!!

By Mac on   Thursday, December 25, 2008
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Mac--I am interested in learning and I am in NYC--how can I find you???

By Grace on   Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

IM Extremely interested in learning i'd like your contact info as well

By Tj on   Saturday, May 02, 2009
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Hello. does anyone know if there is a Tecktonik teacher or course in DUBLIN (Ireland)?

By Helena on   Friday, December 04, 2009
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Helena, you could post your query on the CLUAS Discussion Board (see tab at top of page).

By aidan on   Friday, December 04, 2009
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Hey Mac on! I know it's like 2 years later and stuff, but I REALLY would love to learn the tecktonik. Anyone else who is a tecktonik dancer or interested in the sance shoot me an email at lizabeans@gmail.com.

By Liza Grant on   Thursday, January 28, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Mac could be a wealthy dance teacher by now if only he had posted his contact details. Oh well.

(Liza: good tunes. Well done.)

By aidan on   Friday, January 29, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

please tell me if somebody is teaching tecktonik in new york city , my email is klaudiab8@yahoo.com

By klaudia on   Monday, February 15, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Mac on could and really would become a wealthy personal dance trainer if ever left any contact info...
I'm willing to take tecktonik lessons. Please email me if you are willing to teach or know someone who does, or..... anything.... in New York..
EXTREMELY INTERESTED over here.... have a friend who also would be interested...
Thank u!
antuanetta1704@yahoo.com
+1.718.902.8163

By Anna on   Sunday, February 28, 2010
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Learn Tecktonik in Dublin

I'm totally caught up in this and I wanna learn so bad! But I could use some help since my arm seems to get all tangled up :)
So if there's anyone in Dublin who also wants to learn or know where to turn, lemme know!

By Malin on   Monday, March 29, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

I am a Tecktonik Artist, and I can say Thats Perfect Boys. And I Love the Tecktonik Style

By Teck-Girl-4EvAAA on   Thursday, April 01, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

i like to dance tecktonik do you can teache me.....im from new jersey

By alice on   Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Hey, im kind of new to the tecktonik scene but i am eager to learn the dance. I live in Blacksburg, Virginia and am looking for a teacher to teach me tecktonik.
Thanks!

By Nick Sullivan on   Friday, June 25, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Hey im actually really interested in this type of dancing
I actually tried some myself and failed miserably
Is there anywhere in fairfax,Virginia where i can get a class for it?

By Sahar Amiri on   Sunday, August 22, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

hi im seen some tecktonik blogs and i like this to much im spanish, sorry for my english. if you want you can visit a blog that is to good the direction is :www.bytectonickdancer.blogspot.com

By carlos on   Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

i make a mistake the direction was www.bytecktonickdancer.blogspot.com

By carlos on   Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

any lessons in dublin - id be willing to learn!

By stephen murray on   Saturday, November 27, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Is Singapore also have tecktonik class ? Where to learn ?

By Blys on   Saturday, December 25, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Is Singapore also have tecktonik class ? Where to learn ?

By Blys on   Saturday, December 25, 2010
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

i need tecktonik lessons in queens or in NEW YORK CITY
help me i wanna learn some sick moves
need a teacher

By david on   Friday, January 07, 2011
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

I live in Illinois and im trying to find some one to teach me

By Alex on   Friday, March 11, 2011
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France dances to Tecktonik

hi guys im very interested in learn tecktonic long time ago but i didnt find nobody to teach me so i practice myself if somebody wants to hang out and practice let me know im living on brooklyn my email is sheny1223@ymail.com >living-electro> =)

By adam on   Saturday, April 30, 2011
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Hi I've been looking around for some Tecktonik dance lessons and I'll be in NYC for 2 months and was wondering if anyone knows someone who gives lessons. Please email me at joeywestie@yahoo.com if you have any information! Thanks!

By ina on   Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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Tecktonik dancers audition!!


Looking for Tecktonic/electro dancers and also hip-hop dancers for Afro-French artist
Talents will be featured in live shows, tv shows etc...

5'6-5'9 for girls and 5'6-6... for guys prefarably
Please reply with picture, resume and footage if possible

Great opportunity for real french tecktonick pros in nyc
Audition will be september the 10th

All talents invited to audition will receive a reply message

By Kande on   Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

email
kande.rolmodel08@gmail.com

By Kande on   Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

hi guys , i'm a tecktonik dancer , but i'm not a master . lol . and i'm looking for who is interested, in NYC
SHOOT ME : abeibambaye@gmail.com

By iba on   Thursday, December 08, 2011
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Re: France dances to Tecktonik

Hey there, looking for a tecktonic class in NYC. Any teacher available ?

By olivier on   Thursday, December 08, 2011

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