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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Guest Blog from Oranjegirl: Dance Fads

Dance Fad Crazes for the Last 50 Years

GangnamDance fad crazes characterize bursts of popularity that are short-lived. Many of these fads have been witnessed to come and go over the last decades. Some of them later became hit movies and songs. It is important to know how dance impacted society during the last 50 years. They encouraged socialization of the dancers and their spectators in addition to being a form of entertainment.

Some of these fad crazes are discussed below.

CharlestonDa Dip

In this dance craze, hands are placed on the hips and the dancers dip in turn before dipping together with their hands on their hips. Da Dip was very popular in the 90s.


Wobble characterizes a line dance like hustle with dancers shaking their lower bodies a lot. The craze was popular in the 1910s.


Hip HopJump is said to be the simplest style with instructions that are easy and specific. In 1992, the dance style was performed relentlessly and repeatedly. Popular in the 90s, the jump style was used 163 times in two songs that were a hit during that time.

Cooking Dance

This dance craze was popular in the 1910s and characterized swirling of the arms together with the movements of the upper body in cooking related motions.

MacarenaThe Bump

The Bump was popular in the 1970s and simmered tension that was sexual in nature. The posterior was wound back and hurled into the next person.

The Humpty Dance

The 90s Humpty dance featured a side limp as if the leg is broken, twitching and shaking like smokers. The dancer was trying to show they were in so much pain as part of the style’s cultural fad.

Robot MJThe Fade Away

The Fade Away dance featured arms being put in the position of a basketball player trying to score and while falling backwards, they were let go. It was popular in the 00s.

Other popular craze style of dancing worth noting are shoulder lean, the Melbourne and cupid Shuffle, chicken noodle soup, snap, the running man, the Pogo, Lambada, the pee-wee Herman, jump on it, cat daddy, walk like an Egyptian, Carlton, time warp, hammer, the thriller, the Soulja boy, cotton eye joe, line dance, the robot, single ladies, the locomotion, Twist2moonwalk, Gangnam style, the Dougie, Cha Cha style, lean back, YMCA, the hustle, the electric slide, the twist, vogue and the 90s Macarena, among others.


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Aliens can Dance! Happy Father’s Day 2013!

Brat1June, 1960; Roswell, NM
As a special surprise for Father’s Day, 1961, Caroline took Big Daddy to Roswell, New Mexico to see team Le Monster, compete in a big dance competition. The competition was being sponsored by area 51. Despite the government’s insistence that they knew nothing about extraterrestrials and super natural beings, they regularly held competitions for these unusual beings as a way to encourage good will and hopefully boost recruitment of supernatural and extraterrestrial beings into the military.

Caroline made sure to get really good seats. She and Big Daddy sat in the front row, center seats. As the competition got started, a Beer Bratsvendor came around selling brats and beer. Knowing how much Big Daddy loved brats and beer, she bought them around. They enjoyed the beer and the brats as they cheered on their favorite team, the Le Monsters. Big Daddy was a huge fan of Hermes. Team Le Monster was pitted against the Aliens who had been in negotiations with military personnel at Area 51 for a possible exchange program. Because the Le Monsters were the home team, The Aliens were given the first shot.

MonkeyThe Aliens started with the swim—which was both unusual and beautiful as they each had six arms. The Le Monsters came back with the twist, led by their alternate, Annette Funicello, because Grandpa twisted his back just before the competition. Because of his large size, Hermes accidentally knocked Edward over, costing their team a few points. Marla, on the other hand, was a natural. She and Annette twisted their way into a few bonus points, helping to make up for the ones Hermes lost the team.

The Aliens countered with the pony and then turned up the heat Twiston the competition with what appeared to be a ballet. The judges were impressed that the Aliens turned their six arms into an asset rather than allowing it to be a drawback. Knowing that they would have to pull out all the stops, Hermes and Lila took one another’s hand, standing center stage and lead their team in a country line dance. As their boots clicked and shuffled away on the stage, the Aliens could see that the Le Monsters were going to be the clear winners. Knowing that they would have to make their move before the competition ended, they teleported two people who were sitting at the very center of the front row because they were the easiest to see.

WP_000416 - CopyAs the audience applauded wildly, Hermes noticed that Big Daddy and Caroline, who had been the Le Monsters’ most enthusiastic supporters throughout the performance were now gone. He glanced over to Grandpa who motioned to the empty spot, off-stage, where the Aliens were supposed to be standing. As soon as the applause died down, Hermes grabbed the gang and they headed outside the hangar where the competition had taken place in time to watch as the Aliens’ space ship took off. Lila had the group grab one another’s hands and stand in a circle right where the ship had been. She looked at Marla and Annette and they all knew what to do. The ladies “glamoured” the group to the place where the ship was going.



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Dance Step Tribute 3/2/12: The Twist (circa 1960), What is your favorite dance memory of The Twist?

Twist1Dance Step Tribute 3/2/12: The Twist (circa 1960)

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.Twist2

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.

Twist3I 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:

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