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Why the World Needs More Jardys

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When I was a boy, I had to contend with all the usual growing pains we accept as normal for kids: cranky parents, a confusing world, bullying from classmates, pressure to do well in school. During my early teenage years, I found a silver lining in that cloudy mess of adolescence, something that brought me a great deal of joy and tempered my inner tempest: music.

As my fans know well, my relationship with music also exposed me to dance, which I’ve kept close to my heart ever since discovering its power but never intended to make a career out of. When I set about my journey in house music, I picked out Danny as a nod to my middle name and Dance as homage to everything dance has done for my soul through the years—especially what house dance was doing for my spirit in those heady days of 2008, when I also started DJing. So even as I posted those early Youtube videos of me discovering house, I tried to keep in mind that I hadn’t set out to be a torchbearer for house dance or dance culture at large; I was merely a guy who wanted to make music but also loved dancing. Over time, I discovered that there were people out there who didn’t just merely love dance—they lived it. Jardy Santiago was one of those people.

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A Humble Sense of Purpose

Jardy began uploading Youtube videos at the tail end of 2009, and he quickly generated a passionate following. Like me, he had initially entered the world of social dance through B-Boying (breakdancing) before falling in love with House Dance. Having traveled the world and being so good at his craft, Jardy had a global community of supporters and fans. Yet his online dance community didn’t only grow due to the quality of his reputation and his talent as a dancer. It did so also on the strength and diversity of his many house tutorials.

Jardy took seriously the mantle of passing along in modern form the tenets, foundation, history, and vocabulary needed to understand house dance, and he did so consistently, professionally, and passionately via literally dozens of free video tutorials. Five years after his first video, Jardy now has 28,000 followers on Youtube and almost 5 million views (for which I’m sure his pet dog Streek is surely grateful). Despite all of that numerical success, Jardy has remained a humble advocate of a mission I fully support: help more people fall in love with and understand House.  

What It Means to Support Someone’s Journey

As a music producer, and as someone who’s been grinding for years to establish a presence, develop my sound, and hopefully be able to one day do this “full time”, I know how deceiving social media numbers can be. It is very hard to actually generate income from art and make a living doing what you love, even if you have a large online following. Some of that has to do with changes in consumer behavior and expectations: we expect and demand free—yet high quality—content, and we’d rather spend our time than our money on the content we crave. If it’s good content, we’ll view, enjoy, and share it with others. This is what support has come to mean, and although I think this is ultimately a good thing that encourages democratic outcomes, it also makes it very hard for newcomers or champions of the underground to eke out a living while doing what they truly love and without resorting to some day job that removes them from their calling. For this reason, I believe so strongly in a new dance project by Jardy, his Footwork Style Mastery Coursethat I signed up for a paid monthly subscription just so I can support Jardy’s journey, even though I won’t have time to partake in it. When the Jardys of the world have the flexibility to do what they truly love, we’re all better for it. 

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When a Person Lives His Genius

Back in 2008, when I became enthralled with learning house dance, there wasn’t a whole lot in the way of a systematic or thorough collection of online resources for the dance. If you weren’t lucky enough to live in New York City or a handful of other places with a house dance community, information on the dance was hard to come by. I know because I looked, and there wasn’t enough out there to feed my hunger. In fact, I remember feeling, in those first few years, like no one in the online dance community was stepping up to meet the needs of a new, global generation of people eager to learn the dance.

It’s within this context that Jardy has been so instrumental to the scene, and it’s the reason I’m so excited to see what Jardy does with his new Mastery course, which is basically everything I would have wanted to have access to back when I first discovered the dance: a full lexicon of movements, regular lessons, and direct access to one of the world’s best house dancers. Here is someone who cares deeply about the dance, knows it intimately well, has a vested interest in preserving it, and has dedicated a significant amount of time to using modern tools to expose the largest possible audience to it in a way that remains authentic and respects the culture. Jardy should be applauded for the visionary that he is, and for taking a risk by actually attempting to follow his calling—to “live his genius”.

The World Needs More Jardys

I’ll let you read all about his new course here, and though it’s a very long read, I admire Jardy taking the time to tell his story in such a personal way and in full before asking for your support. You can grab his 2-hour Mastery Course video for $37, or you can sign up for a $37 monthly subscription (open only to 100 people) for access to ongoing lessons, new content, unlimited Q&A, music selections, and other things. I signed up for it, and so can you.

Jardy is the hero House Dance always needed, and I’m thankful that the house dance community has him as a mentor, friend, teacher, ambassador, and advocate. 

The world needs more Jardys.

Love Languages (Preview 2) - Danny Dance

Track:
Love Languages (Preview 2)

Artist:
Danny Dance

Album:
Coming Soon

Plays:
40 plays

Oh my…this Love Languages track is turning out to be really something… ;)

Love Languages (Throwaway Section) - Danny Dance

Track:
Love Languages (Throwaway Section)

Artist:
Danny Dance

Album:
Coming Soon

Plays:
90 plays

If you like my latest tune, Still Remember You (Original Mix), you’ll be stoked to find out I’m already busy at work on my next one. Here’s a snippet of the vibe on it—though this section won’t make it into the actual song (hence the “throwaway section”) name.

Track:
Still Remember You (Original Mix)

A year in the making, “Still Remember You” features a rich sample, playfully lush and melodic synths, a signature “Danny Dance bass line”, uplifting effects, and a hint at the future of Danny’s production sound. Originally featured as one of the breakout drafts in his 2013 “Cookies” Soundcloud mini-series, “Still Remember You" captures Danny’s ongoing fascination with instrumental story-telling and gives listeners access to a maturing sense of journey in his music.

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