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The Weekly Twerkout: Thump at Midway

Dancing is good for many reasons. It’s a workout, it releases those glittery endorphins, and, because it serves as the weird mating ritual of our time, dancing increases your chances of not have to watch Netflix alone at the end of the night. Well, dust off those dance shoes boys and girls, because for each month we will feature one of the best weekly dance parties Columbus has to offer. Just whatever you do, don’t fall down, drink lots of water, and most importantly, consent is sexiest of all.

The first time I went to Thump, I wandered in wasted—dizzying spells of alcohol spins turned the room sideways, beckoning my hips to flow back and forth to the entrancing beat.  Bright, red and yellow neon beams of light swayed and twirled from the ceiling, beckoning a capered response from the congested dance floor. This wasn’t some surreptitious gathering meant only for the college cool-kid elite, but an open and honest dance party for whoever wanted to dance off their weekly blues.

Thump is a weekly DJ heavy dance party at Midway. Every Wednesday, it never fails: hoards of students shuffle their way in, taking advantage of cheap liquor and super loud beats, the type of caliber event you might expect from local booking troupe My Best Friends Party.

“Thump was the first weekly in Columbus to feature dance music first and foremost.” That’s Nick Reed, a founding member of MBFP, and a local leader in getting people to engage in the Columbus dance scene. “It’s been a campus staple since it started at Circus Bar 5 plus years ago. Many DJs who hone their chops end up playing at LEBOOM, a monthly dance party at Skully’s Diner in the short north.”

Some of the biggest names in the EDM world have been featured at Thump, including Koan Sound, Jantsen, Dirt Monkey, Gemini, and Filibusta, but Reed says that all genres of music have been represented at the party, from Junglehouse, Ambient Dub, Euro Disco, to Darkstep. Yeah, these are mostly real. I think.

So, if the winter blues has gotten you in an existential rut, put on those dancing shoes and sweat out some lovely endorphins. Who knows, you might just bump into your romantic partner of 2017, or more likely, some tweaker wearing glow sticks for pants.

Thump takes place every Wednesday at Midway on High. For more information on the upcoming performers, visit facebook.com/Thump.wednesdays.

Danny Hamen

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