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"Chicago footworking" is a fleet-footed style of dance that
came out of the city's South and West sides. You know it when you see
it—it's one of the fastest forms of movement since the jitterbug. Its
dancers say the style combines breakdance, tap dance, African tribal
The best-known ensemble is called the FootworKINGz. It includes
dancers who performed on Madonna's spring promo tour, showcased the
Chicago style in a national Verizon commercial and, in late July,
took the moves on a brief tour through Italy.
Corey Takahashi caught up with two group members, who were visiting Club Remix in Manhattan.
Charles "King Charles" Parks and Jaron "Prince Jron" Boyd were at an underground dance party. But they say Chicago footworking is well on its way to an international, pop crossover.