Guest Blog from Pics4u: Dance Fads crazes for the past 50 years

MC HammerDance fad crazes for the past 50 years

Dancing has been around for many years. David danced in the bible. There are records of people dancing in the middle ages. Dancing is in movies, in churches, in schools, and music videos. There have been so many different forms and styles of dancing. Some have been popular. Some have been not so popular. Some dances have even been around for many years, and some dances leave as fast as they have come. With so many dances evolving all over the world everyday, you would have to constantly be glued to the television to keep up.

“Come on baby, wont you do the Twist” The Twist is one of many dance fads that has made its name known in the past 50 years. In 1960, Chubby Checker did a remake to one of Hank Ballard’s songs, making it a hit sensation. There has been so many more dance crazes, like the Twist, that has blessed us with its presence. The Moonwalk is one of Michael MoonwalkJackson’s most signature dance moves. It first came out in the 80’s and has still been one move that many try to do, some have failed, but some have succeeded. The moves are done by walking backwards without having your feet leave the ground. MC Hammer made a dance craze when he released his very popular song, “You Can’t Touch This”, in the 90’s. With its crab like moves, The Hammer dance is still performed by people today. The Macarena, made by Los del Rio’, was a popular dance in 1994. In 1996, the song became extremely popular in the United States, making it a number one hit. The dance that went with the song involved different hand movements.

Another popular dance song that has swept the world recently is the Gangman Style. It came out in July of the year 2012 and it became the first video on YouTube to reach over a billion views and hits on December 21, The Dougie2012. The Dougie came out in 2010. The very popular song “Teach Me How to Dougie”, by Cali Swag District, debuted the Dougie and became platinum in the United States. Every one of all ages was doing the Dougie; even the famous Ellen DeGeneres was seen doing the Dougie on one of her episodes of the Ellen Show with Justin Beiber. Today, the NaeNae is the newest dance craze. “Drop That NaeNae” performed by WeAreToonz, is the song that the NaeNae is danced to. There are so many videos on YouTube of people attempting to do the NaeNae in different unique styles. There is even a video of people dressed up as the very famous Disney characters Daffy, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Chubby Checkerand Minnie Mouse. They are all performing the NaeNae.

Almost everyone has fallen in love with one or more of the dance fads of the last 50 years. If a person is a professional dancer or just someone who likes to have fun, anybody can do a dance. Whether you love them or hate them, they will always be around.

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Re-Blog: Happy 4th of July – Dancing back to our Past – Bacon Blue Cheeseburgers

Bacon41950s Dancing back to our Past
July, 1950; Philadelphia, PA

When they came to, the Team Jive Turkey Dancers could tell something had changed. They weren’t even sure they were still in Philadelphia. Bob Fosse looked around, trying to get everyone organized. Jerome Robbins, Cyd Charisse, Debbie Reynolds, Chubby Checker, Donald O’Connor, and Gene Kelly, looks like everyone is here. “Okay everyone, let’s try to figure out what happened. Does anybody remember what happened?” Bob asked. Bob FosseThey quickly came to the consensus that there had been a bright flash of light when they stepped out to do the Jive Dance, and everything had changed after that. “Here, let’s find a newspaper and we’ll probably find out something useful,” Donald offered.

It didn’t take long to find a newspaper and they learned a great deal from it. The most surprising fact was that it was no longer the 1950’s. “It says here it’s 1992. That explains the odd clothing everyone seems to be wearing. What happened to sensible outfits?” Debbie said, taking a look at the date. “You mean we’ve travelled in time? That’s impossible; we can travel to the future!” Cyd cried. It took a moment before they were able to get her to calm down. They were all pretty shocked at their surroundings, but panicking wouldn’t help anything. “It seems we’re still in Philadelphia at least,” Gene said, looking through some of the stories in the Jerome Robbinspaper. So now they knew they were in Philadelphia, only pushed into the future. Suddenly, Bob noticed another important piece of information. “Hey, it’s the 4th of July!” he said, nearly shouting. They had seen several flags about, but thought only that they were just normal symbols of patriotism. It would be quite interesting to see what the future would do to celebrate the holiday. “Well, if it’s the 4th of July, there’s only one thing that we can do. We have to find some Bacon Blue Cheese burgers,” Chubby Checker said. “It’s not a celebration without them!”

Everyone agreed that they had to find the Bacon Blue Cheese burgers or they wouldn’t enjoy the holiday properly. Luckily for them, there was a local shop that specialized in older cuisine and the Bacon Blue Cheese burgers were on the menu. They sat down to eat their meal when suddenly they heard a very familiar Cyd Charissevoice coming from the TV in the restaurant. It was the Mummy! Their rival of the dance competition must have been transported through time with them as well. They looked at the screen to see where he was, perhaps he was being interviewed when they saw none other than Dick Clarke. “Is he really the Mummy?” Jerome posed the questions to his friends. The words “Mayor Dick Clarke” scrolled across the bottom of the screen and their eyes lit up. The Mummy had always said he’d run Philadelphia one day. There was no mistaking it after seeing his mannerisms and hearing his speech pattern. It was the same man they had known long ago as the Mummy. He’d travelled back to the future with them and there was only one thing to do to settle the score. They had to find him, and there had to be a Jive Danceoff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Fosse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Robbins
Donald OConnorhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyd_Charisse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Kelly
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_O%27Connor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Reynolds
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chubby_Checker

Debbie ReynoldsChubby CheckersDick Clark 1961

 

 

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