Homegrown Dance Scenes Crop Up in Boston and Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Track Authority photo by Joey Kennedy.

Every week or thereabouts, Mutant Dance Moves takes you to the shadowy corners of the dancefloor and the fringes of contemporary electronic music, where new strains and dance moves are evolving.

Up until the 21st century, the geography of American dance music was fairly centralized: New York City was the birthplace of disco via David Mancuso, Nicky Siano and Larry Levan; Chicago could claim acid and house music due to the sets of icons like Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles; the Belleville Three in Detroit (Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins plus Carl Craig) invented techno. And while at the height of disco fever in the late ‘70s nearly every major U.S. metropolis could boast a healthy dance music scene, as the ‘80s wore on, such local scenes shriveled up altogether. And even when the first wave of electronica hit American shores in the ‘90s with its attendant hype, it was mostly via imported music from London and Berlin.

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