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MANHATTAN MOSAIC | Taking Lumps: Throwing down over “throwing down”

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by Rachael

Let me preface this post with the fact that I am a huge proponent of people enjoying themselves at shows in nearly any way that they deem fit. Keyword: nearly.

This past Thursday I was lucky enough to get off of work and be a part of the Terror show at The Studio (Webster Hall). However, a review is not what this post will be, because I was too busy gushing blood from my nose and attempting to maintain all of my piercings. The tour featured Terror, Counterparts, Power Trip, and Code Orange Kids, as well as New York locals Manipulate on our date. (Sorry, no Minnesota stop on the tour.)

This brings me back to the point of this post and my bleeding face–throwing down. For those of you who don’t know what throwing down (or hardcore dancing) is, and I assume there aren’t many of you, Urban Dictionary sums it up pretty well with:

Throwing Down

flailing your arms frantically, and kicking in random directions,

(fighting invisible ninja’s)

Usually done at Hardcore concerts/ gigs. eg: Deathcore, Metalcore

Jake: I was headbanging and then Reilly from Behold Thy End was throwing down, and he punched me several times in the face

Ben: Dude, thats brutal.

I have never been a fan of throwing down. To me, a good old fashioned mosh is the way to go. With moshing, the pit is contained, there are seldom casualties on the sidelines, and everyone is on the same page. Basically, no participation necessary.

Then came the windmills.

When a dance pit opens it serves anywhere from one to ten people at any given time, yet the space cleared can take up 50% of the floor. Why would the space need to be so large for so few? Because no one else wants to get hit. If people wanted in on the action, they would hop to it.

Those who actually take the time and skill to practice and control their movements are fine by me, although it still doesn’t stir my Kool-aid. The problem lies within the careless dancers, and especially the intentional crowdkillers. Going to a show should be about enjoying the music, enjoying the community, and enjoying yourself. I am unable to perform any of these acts when I’m too busy forcing up a guard arm every verse.

Now I am sure that many of you dance defenders are thinking that if anyone has an issue with the pit, then they can get away from the pit–that’s why such a large space clears. However, when the people back up, the dancers don’t take the hint and leave them alone. They take on the extra floor space and ceaselessly storm the crowd.

Any injuries I received at Terror were minor bumps and hits (due to constant vigilance and the guard arm), until I ventured inward to avoid the spin kicks. It was during this time, during the first song of Power Trip’s set, that a windmill became unreasonably bad and caused a domino effect. The dancer in question continued inbound until his fist collided with my nose and the blood began to run.

Throwing down satisfies the needs of the few and negates the rights for many. Most people are in the crowd, not in the pit. Remember that.

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