A Quick Primer On Freestyle: 1980s Dancepop's Most Underheralded Genre

Tomorrow night at the Lehman Center, hundreds of electro-pop fans will gleefully inhabit the alternate universe in which freestyle got its due when the Miami singer Stevie B (above, singing "Girl I Am Searching For You") headlines Forever Freestyle 6, a revue of icons from the underheralded style's turn-of-the-1990s golden era. The sixth iteration of a throwback festival hardly seems like the type of event about which to wax rhapsodic, but no amount of purple prose feels like overstatement when fighting for the recognition and reputation of freestyle.

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