Arts in Context

Inside the otherworldly dance experience happening in the heart of Austin

Inside the otherworldly dance experience happening in Austin

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts In Context. The series explores the process of creation and what it's like to be a working artist in the Austin area. You can watch more stories at

Body Rock ATX is more than just a dance party — it’s a ceremony. Austin's own Riders Against the Storm and DJ Chorizo Funk bring people of all backgrounds together for an otherworldly experience right in the middle of Austin. "It's very intentional what we do. It may come wrapped in the form of a dance party, but there is a lot of ceremony involved in it," says Riders Against the Storm's Chaka. 

For more than eight years these musicians have given Austinites the opportunity to shake and shimmy, all while feeling a sense of community. "It's not just the people of Austin, Texas, who are calling for this energy. People from all over are calling for this energy," says Qi Dada of Riders Against the Storm. "People need a space to vibrate with each other. Without any kind of religiosity, without any kind of containers except for safety and community — that's what the universe is putting us here for. 'Cause that's what people want." 

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Decibel, and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Qi Dada Riders Against the Story
Riders Against the Storm have been hosting Body Rock for more than eight years. Courtesy of KLRU/ Arts in Context