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Baltimore Club dancing is high energy dancing. Knees jerk up, legs kick out, arms hinge and feet stomp in intricate patterns to music paced somewhere around 130 beats per minute. (That’s fast, really fast.)
“The unique thing about Baltimore Club is that the footwork is kinda complex. We have like six basic moves that we can turn into 30 moves when it’s time to perform,” says Terry Wedington (aka TSU Terry), who started dancing at age 14.
Wedington formed the dance crew Team Squad Up (TSU) in 2008, battling at parties and cementing his reputation as a leader in the Baltimore Club dance scene. Alongside popular DJs like K-Swift, the TSU crew established their style of dance as a fundamental part of the city’s culture.
Now, Baltimore Club is experiencing a resurgence. Wedington teaches his moves to the next generation, who see dancing as a way of connecting to their roots.