Hardcore Dancing is a form of dance seen and performed at hardcore/screamo/hard rock shows in the mosh pit.
many people believe that it is just simply swinging you're arms through the air and doing spinkicks just to piss people that don't dance off.
To most dancers it is a semi-choreographed group of motions to display you're gratitude towards the band that is performing.
Hardcore Dancing is Generally seen in a younger group of people, but ranges to different age groups, some being 28+.
the "moves" include but are not limited to:

-two step commonly a cross over of the feet, motioning your hands to the ground. two steps a.k.a. "the step" is done in a variety of ways, depending on the style of dancing in the location.

-spinkicks Usually at the beginning or end of a dancing routine, is a rotation followed by a karate-style kick by the back foot.

1.spinning arms in a clock-like motion while spinning body through the mosh pit.
2. jumping side to side and swinging arms on the side you land on in a clock-like motion.

-jumping spinkicks Sometimes a windmill is used to gain momentum and jump to do a spinkick in mid-air.

-swings. there are alot of different kind of swings, some involving clawing in front of you, and some involving spinning your arms in a sort of grab-puch-repeat motion.

-picking up change often a move performed by grabbing or punching at the ground, otherwise displayed by swinging elbows back while stomping the ground with feet.

While Some Dancing is quite harmless, Others do get into what they do, which can be violent and painful.
People that enjoy moshing or circle pits usually act violently towards Hardcore Dancers.
Sometimes In Order to "open up the pit" dancers will swing rapidly, push, or slam their bodies diagnally into crowds, this is usually done in a circle like fashion, and will stay open as long as their are dancers in it.

This Form of Dance is Known As HXC DANCING, SLAMDANCING, or throwdown

hardcore Dancing is often done in groups of many members called HXC crews or just "crews".
some are violent and incorporate lifestyles such as straightedge into their grouping.
others are just in the crews so that they have protection from moshers that may not understand/like what they are doing.
One that is Dancing will often apoligize to someone that is hit while in the pit, and if one falls, others help him up.

"lets open this pit up, get some Hardcore Dancing going"
"i heard that the moshers are watching this one pretty good, though"
by xscreamxaxserenadex May 07, 2007
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a grouping of several codified dances often seen performed at hardcore shows.
the moves will vary with specific subgenre of hardcore, the politics of the scene involved, and individual choces of those dancing.
two-step: a fairly nonviolent, unthreatening move similar to punk skanking. emphasis is on style and variations of arm movements.

windmill: many variations, but generally includes flailing arms in wide circles, often spinning the entire body in the process. often leads to spin kick or jumping spin kick.

spin kick: a spinning back-kick. if you were to hit anyone it would be with the heel of your foot.

jumping spin kick: jump, spin in midair, and kick forward with your back foot.

floorpunch/ picking up change: bend over, pretend to grab or punch the ground, alternating hands. bring your hand back to your back pocket area (as if putting change in pocket) if you want to not hurt anyone, or flail the arm away from your body violently. while grabbing/ punching with the right hand, stomp with the left foot. and vice versa. can be performed while stationary or while moving sideways or forwards. this can be a violent dance if the kid decides to use his/ her arms (esp. elbows) as weapons.

kids may also be seen running back and forth in front of the band, sometimes jumping a whole damn lot, raising their fists (often with an outstretched index finger) and singing along. kids also pile onto one another and scramble to grab the microphone and sing a line or two if the mic is proferred by the singer of the band.

some of these dances are not considered acceptable at certain shows. kids generally do not spin kick at posi, youthcrew-type shows. it's just not very posi. and there will often be no two-stepping at more metal-influenced shows. some hardcore scenes are more influenced by diy punk ethics, some more by kids wanting to just beat the shit out of each other and wear fancy clothes. this will affect the dancing present at a show in fairly obvious ways.

the other definitions of hardcore dancing present here seem to be more from younger kids who listen to new-school metal-influenced hardcore. they would claim no tie to the punk community or the ethics associated with it. this is obvious from their blatant homophobia and general meathead attitude. they will sell out hardcore pretty qhickly, and if any are straightedge, they won't be for long.
V: to go into a circle of kids wearing tight black hoodies and fight invisable ninjas. This may look dangerous, however the ninjas are invasable and also non-realistic, therefor you rarely get hit and if you do it's takin' one for the team, so get up and do some kartwheels and a spin kick. All the hardasses on the outside of the pit who claim you're a fag for being in, are fags for being out.

The shit
"All the hardcore kids huddled up and did a break and the pit exploded into a ton of kids hardcore dancing! It was nutso!"
by IfFireCouldSpeak December 23, 2004
Hardcore dancing is performed at hardcore shows, to hardcore music. Or if so inclinded, just to hardcore music in your backyard.
It was first made in the early 80s when the genre of hardcore-punk developed from traditional punk. The hardcore punk scene started out with a lot of straigh-edge kids, who dedicated themselves to human rights. Those who who hardcore danced had no intention of injuring people or causing shit in the pit. They were merely expressing the deep respect they had for the band they were listening too, and showing their emotions through dancing. Most of these most involve what looks like flailing, it is more so a fighting. All of the moves have a meaning, and the fight moves represent fighting facists and those who supress the scene (such as people who have defined this word ignorantly, and negatively).
Others may perform moves to represent their humble attitude.

True hardcore kids can have a good time anytime, if a kid falls they will pick him up, if someone wants to start shit with them, they'll make a good effort to calm them down.

It is very unfortunate to see something degrade into such a steriotypically hated ignorance.
arm mills - swinging arms around, whether side to side, in circles, etc

picking up change - jumping back and forth with the intention of picking up the change of careless rich people

two-step - similar to skanking with skilled leg swinging motions.

spin kick - a simple "cresent" spining kick
by TwiTzT April 11, 2005
Moshing for pussies.
Guy 1: Did you see me hardcore dancing in that pit over there?

Guy 2: Yeah, you looked like such a whimp. Hardcore dancing is fuckin' lame.

Guy 3: Mhm, you should grow some balls and maybe you can learn to mosh.
by Sooka May 15, 2008
The practice of "hardcore dancing", more commonly referred to simply as "dancing" by those that can actually do it well, is performed at many hardcore/metalcore shows. There is no "flailing" at all in dancing, there's always control in it. Dancing is performed during the breakdown of a song (you better damn well know what a breakdown is). Two-stepping is performed during two-step parts in songs, these arent too hard to find, but two-step is a bitch to learn simply because you have to find the rythm and synchronize it with the movements (two-step works in opposition; ie: right arm/left leg, left arm/right leg, got it? good).
If you still dont understand what dancing is, go to a show and watch kids that know how to dance, then you'll know it's not fighting 'invisible ninjas' or any of that shit.
If I ever hear a kid say "hardcore dancing" at show, I will kick your ass because it's not fucking 'hardcore dancing'.
by nickXXX June 30, 2005
A bunch of puny little bitches (who like their pants so tight their balls squeeze out of the side pockets) flailing their arms around in a mockery of a mosh pit. I hate how these kids think theyre tough, they look anorexic and could be snapped in half with ease. Most of them have never even been in a real fight, and the ones that have either lost, or were fighting even more of a pussy then them.
Hardcore dancing looks like a special ed class on crack.
by PackofWood March 30, 2005
A lesser known form of expression/dancing is hardly considered by most to be a form of dancing at all. However, this is irrelevant considering it IS a form of dancing, just to a heavier form of music. Hardcore dancing (AKA "Throwing Down") is most commonly seen at Hardcore shows which shows appreciation or approval for the bands playing. It is basically a mix of the crowd punching and kicking the air. (with the exception of 2 steps.) Although it make look like random, uncontrolled flailing, it is anything but. Hardcore dancers (or just "dancers" as known at shows) often have different styles of which they prefer to perform. Examples of hardcore dancings moves would be "Spin-kicks", "Windmills", "Two Step", among others. Other types of "hardcore appreciation/expression" at shows consist of sing alongs, pile ons (like sing alongs except on a massive level, hence: pile on) and crowd punching(a less approved form of dancing where the dancer accidently or intentional dances into the crowd hitting bystanders, this is where much of the disapproval of hardcore dancing spawns. AKA: Bottlecapping)Often associated with crews, Hardcore dancing isn't for everyone. As you can see on this website, many people approve of it and many disapprove of it. I, myself, am an avid supporter of hardcore dancing and do it at every show. (though I do not crowd punch, people have the right to just watch the band if they want to, they don't have to get hit.)
Hardcore Dancing: Here Comes A Breakdown. Give It Your All!
by Dustin Z. January 04, 2006
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