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Popular dance styles of the 1950s included the twist, variations on swing dancing, such as the bop, and an assortment of other dances influenced by the birth of rock and roll music.
Common dances from the 1960s featured the ability to dance without a partner. The dances also shared vivid names. These unique dances included the Mashed Potato, the Fly, the Penguin, the Monkey, the Swim and the Funky Chicken. Some sources claim that as many as 500 dances were introduced in the 1960s.
Break dancing was by far the biggest dance craze of the early 80s. Beginning as a street dance of the '70s and evolving into a popular style all its own, break dancing was born of hip-hop influences, and performing most moves required immense physical aptitude. Break dancing often involved standoffs between dancers to see who could out-maneuver the other.
The top dances of the 90s, hip hop and line dancing, which incorporate these dance moves, have had a great influence on dance culture.
The 1950s was a period of growth and rebellion amongst America’s youth, and many of the popular dances were an expression of that. By the time Elvis appeared on stage regularly swinging his hips, the seed that would grow into “dirty dancing” had been planted. Much to the chagrin of many parents, the music and dances from the 1950s spawned a new style and voice for American youth.
Wearing poodle skirts with petticoats and socks with tennis shoes, dancers in the 1950s swung out a variety of dances that went way beyond the “acceptable” waltzes and swing dances of the previous decades.
Dance from this era has influenced movies like Grease and Hairspray, and music videos like Christina Aguilera's Candyman.
A Few Popular Dance-moves in the 1950s and 60s
-Swing Dance
-The Twist
-The Lindy Hop
-The Jitterbug
-The Handjive
-Mash Potato
-The Monkey
-The Hop
Characteristics of 50's dance:
-Lots of footwork
-Lots of hoping and jumping
-Lots of finger snapping, and clapping to the beat.
-Very energetic dancing!
-Lots of solo moves, and pair dancing.
After the Swing Era and World War II, American social dancing cooled down in the late 1940s, in a shift from dance bands to concerts in night clubs. This was due to many factors — musician union fees that made big bands unaffordable, the aesthetics of bebop cool jazz, and a generation of post-war veterans with the new priority of settling down and raising a family.
Other popular dances from the 1960s included the Locomotion, the Duck, the Hanky Panky, the Camel Walk and Do the Freddie. Many of the dances caused controversy. In one instance, a university (BYU) banned all “fad dances” in 1966 and Buffalo banned the Twist in 1962.
Elvis, Nat King Cole and The Beatles were all popular artists in the 60s so they had a large impact on the dance style of the era.
The next styles of dances to hit the scene were line dances. The Hully Gully, is a series of steps that are called out by the MC, which originated in the early 1960s by Frank Rocco. The steps were relatively easy to handle, the speed was the fun part. Rocco introduced this dance at the Cadillac Hotel in Miami, Fl which lead way for many more dances just like it to come.
Dance films based on the 60's would be Cats and West Side Story
The most common dances from the 1970s are in the disco and punk genres, and dances from both gained enormous popularity by the middle part of the decade. The two genres are very different, with disco style being vibrantly sexy with flashing colored dance floor lighting and clingy dance wear, and punk style being more dark, aggressive, and rebellious
The YMCA dance is an example of a dance deriving from a particular song. In this case, the song was YMCA by The Village People, recorded and released in 1978. For this dance, dancers simply move their arms to form the Y, M, C, and A whenever those letters appear in the lyrics. The rest of the dance is freestyle. Still done at weddings and often between innings at sporting events, YMCA is likely to be around for many more decades.
70s disco music was far different from the previous generation of music, which was based on electric guitars backed by a drum. Funk, Latin and soul music heavily influenced disco, and it was built from the ground up to be dance music. But disco wasn’t limited to the dance floor. The 70s disco era crossed over into other parts of American culture, from roller rinks to the silver screen.
The most popular disco dance of the '70s was the Hustle. It had a few variations, including the Latin Hustle, the American Hustle and the Street Hustle. The basic dance was accented with strutting across the dance floor in time with the beat, or adding step kicks, rock-steps or hand gestures to keep the beat between turns. Line dances like the Hot Chocolate, which was a modified form of the Hully-gully from the '60s, the Bus Stop, the Night Fever, the Roller Coaster and the Disco Duck were also widely played in discotecs.
The dress code for this style of dance was bright and colourful, think austin powers.
Another dance craze, if one could call it that, was slamdancing. Catching on largely because of the development of new age punk and heavy metal in the '80s, slamdancing, also known as moshing, is nothing more than a group of people slamming into one another and jumping around to the sounds of loud metal music. The mosh pit followed, and relevant music concerts have ever since had a place where fans assault one another under the guise of a dance. Whether it's fun or dangerous is debatable, but slamdancing in the mosh pit looks like it's here to stay.
One final popular dance of the 80s, and possibly the one that issued in the new decade, was the Lambada. Though it has long-standing Brazilian roots, the Lambada gained worldwide popularity at the end of the decade with the release of the Hollywood film of the same name. The Lambada is considered a very sensual dance, even though it is fast-paced and heated.
The most famous dance film of the 80s was Dirty Dancing
Some the Running Man, The Bogle, The Macarena, The Butterfly
The 69 Boyz created the Tootsee Roll dance in 1994. The dance accompanies their song "Tootsee Roll," which rose to the number eight and nine spots on the Billboard rap and Rhythm and Blues charts, respectively. Dance the Tootsee Roll by moving your bent knees in and out simultaneously. The lyrics of the song "Tootsee Roll" also include further instructions to the dance, such as slides and dips.
America learnt the Jiggy when Will Smith's 1998 hit song "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" catapulted to the number 14 spot on the Billboard Top 100 charts. According to Michael Joyner's "Gettin' Jiggy Wit Will Smith," Smith used the term "jiggy" to confront the derogatory term for African Americans -- "jigaboo" -- and transform it to empower black people. The dance consists of standing and doing slight wiggles to the rhythm of the beat.
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