Where were you in 1960? I know, I know, most of you were not born yet.
I’m not claiming to be as old as Methuselah, but hey I was there back in the early 1960s.
I watched my Mom & Dad dance back then, because back then they were young and cool. So the kids tried to be like them and imitate stuff they did. Some imitated stuff was good, some not so good. I envied the grown ups drinking coffee during the day and my Dad drinking beer with my uncles later that night in our garage. I used to steal sneaks of coffee as well as beer. Maybe that explains why I still drink coffee and beer today, LOL. Our garage had the first MAN CAVE I ever seen. We lived on 34th & Flora and the garage had the popcorn ceiling with the gold glitter. Popcorn ceilings are tacky now, but back then I loved the glitter and of course later on being a Belly Dancer, anything with Bling, Shimmer & Shine! I still have dreams about being in that garage and watching my Dad drink Miller Beer with Uncle Nathaniel, Jackie, and the rest of the gang.
My family danced! Mom & dad, my aunts and uncles. So when they did the newest dances like the Twist, the Funky Chicken the Jerk, whatever, the kids imitated them. My Aunts Forestine and Ernestine were younger than Mom & Dad, so they brought the newest steps to the family and after the kids learned the “new” dances, we tried to get attention by performing them. So the first dance that I remember performing for attention was the TWIST. Boy, if only the “cool” uncle that had the only video camera could have filmed us back then. You know that all 8 mm and that to be developed and used for only very special occasions, not something as common as the kids trying to dance.
It was so cool when Mom & Dad would call upon you to dance. Not my brothers & sisters, but me – ha, ha. Sometimes they called another kids to dance and brag about said kid and ask the whole family to watch, so when you got your turn to dance the newest dance, you better do your best or next time, they might not ask you. Hmmm, no wonder I wanted to go to dance school and then later on became a belly dancer.
I loved watching Len Goodman dance the Twist on Dancing with the Stars. It was a treat to see Chubby Checker performing after 50 years. Damn, has it been that long? Rock on Len Goodman! Rock on Chubby Checkers! Rock on The TWIST!!!
The Twist was a dance inspired by rock and roll music. It became the first worldwide dance craze in the early 1960s, enjoying immense popularity among young people and drawing fire from critics who felt it was too provocative. It inspired dances such as the Jerk, the Pony, the Watusi, the Mashed Potato, the Monkey and the Funky Chicken, although none were as popular. The dance was inspired by “The Twist,” Chubby Checker‘s 1960 cover of the B-side of Hank Ballard & The Midnighters‘ 1959 single, “Teardrops on Your Letter”. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twist_(dance)
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