September 4, 2017

Dance Moves Through The Decades


Dance is a form of art, from the music to the history behind it, dance has always been a way people could express themselves freely throughout cultures and generations. Dance has been used to express the way people were feeling about the economy, racial issues and even politics. Take a look at how dance has evolved and changed tremendously throughout generations.

Roaring 20’s

Dance in the 1920’s were often talked about as wild and carefree, from the Shimmy to the Charleston, to Gatsby parties. Most of the styles of dance from the 1920’s were performed in clubs. In the clubs, they did dance contests called marathons, which is when you dance until you can't dance anymore. In the late 1920’s came the Tango and the Waltz.

1930’s and 1940’s

The 1930’s and 1940’s were the years of jazz and swing dancing, like the Jitterbug to the Lindy Hop. Dancing remained very popular throughout the chaos that happened in the 1930’s. Going out and dancing used to be many people's escape through it all. Even though the Germans banned dancing, it never stopped anyone, especially from the bouncy upbeat swing dance.


The 1950’s was to most people the year of growth and rebellion. Major dances from the 1950’s like the Bop, the Twist and other dances made popular from this rock and roll era influenced movies like "Grease" and "Hairspray".


The majority of the dances in the 1960’s didn't include a dance partner. They had dances like the Mashed Potato, the Fly, the Monkey and the Funky Chicken. Over 400 new dances were introduced in the 1960s. Artists like The Beatles had a huge impact in this era for dance.


The colorful, bright, soulful disco era of the 1970’s had dances like the Hustle, the YMCA, and Soul Train lines. This upbeat era kept everyone in their platform shoes. Disco was also expressed very sexually on the dance floor from songs like "Macho Man" and "Love Machine". A lot of people would express themselves best dancing with their significant other to disco music. Movies like "Saturday Night Fever" starring John Travolta were based on this era.


Break dancing being one of the biggest crazes of the 1980’s, street dancing was born in this era. Popular dances of this era included The Robot and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk. A popular dance film in the 1980s was "Dirty Dancing" which featured a dance style called Lambada - a dance with long-standing Brazilian roots, was a very sensual dance, even though it was very fast paced.


1990’s - the era of hip hop and line dancing which strongly influences dance culture to this day. The 1990s had dances from the Running Man, to The Macarena. The 90s brought major artists such as MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice.


Dances of this era were Soulja Boy, Teach Me How To Dougie and Cupid Shuffle. Dance will always have a major impact on history and the future. From the 1920’s to the 2000’s, music will forever be a way people can express themselves from different generations to come.