Dance fads
Bandstand : the untold story
by Stanley J. Blitz as told to John Pritchard.
Phoenix, Ariz. : Cornucopia Publications, c1997.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 228).
Saturday night fever
Paramount Pictures presents a Robert Stigwood production ; directed by John Badham ; produced by Robert Stigwood.
Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Video, 1995, c1977.
  1. VHS, stereo.
  2. Rated R.
  3. John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pape, Bruce Ornstein, Donna Pescow.
  4. Executive producer, Kevin McCormick ; screenplay by Norman Wexler ; original music written and performed by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb (the Bee Gees) ; additional music and adaptation, David Shire.
  5. Based upon a story by Nik Cohn.
  6. Videocassette release of the 1977 motion picture.
  7. The story of a Brooklyn store clerk who is a Saturday night disco king; he begins to question the narrowness of his perspective when he meets a girl who is shedding her origins for a more sophisticated lifestyle.
Hold me tight and tango me home : [a memoir]
Maria Finn.
Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010.
Maria Finn's husband was cheating. First she threw him out. Then she cried. Then she signed up for tango lessons. It turns out that tango has a lot to teach about understanding love and loss, about learning how to follow and how to lead, how to live with style and flair, take risks, and sort out what it is you really want. As Maria's world begins to revolve around the friendships she makes in dance class and the milongas (social dances) she attends regularly in New York City, we discover with her the fascinating culture, history, music, moves, and beauty of the Argentine tango. With each new dance step she learns the embrace, the walk, the sweep, the exit she is one step closer to returning to the world of the living. Eventually Maria travels to Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango, and finds the confidence to try romance again. As exhilarating as the dance itself, the story whirls us into the center of the ballroom dancing craze. And buoyed by the author's humor and passion, it imparts surprising insights about how to get on with life after you've lost in love.
Discover dance. Ballroom
W. Long Branch, NJ : Kultur, [2000?]
  1. DVD, Dolby stereo. Full screen.
  2. Title from disc label.
  3. Instructors, Simon & Heidi Cruwys.
  4. Includes tips, professional show.
  5. Includes step-by-step instruction for several ballroom dances.
  6. Waltz -- social foxtrot -- social quickstep -- tango.

Throughout history, people danced as part of religious rituals and social celebrations. Dance fads are associated with time periods, and bring up nostalgia when danced nowadays. Dances become popular through the entertainment media. They can be distinguished by the style of the dance movement and reflect their times.

Many American teenagers grew up watching new dances appear every week on American Bandstand and Soul Train. Disco dancing was driven in part by the classic film Saturday Night Fever, which featured the Hustle. MTV aired the first breakdancing video, Buffalo Gals, and Breakin, the first movie about breakdancing.

Dances can be associated with some fashion like the backless dress of a tango dancer that makes the dance a bit risqué for some. The flapper's dress emphasized her swinging arms and legs and allowed her to move freely while doing the Charleston. The baggy pants of the zoot suit made dancing the jitterbug fun.

There are dances that make references to animal mannerisms such as the Turkey Trot and Duck Dance. But when Harry Fox introduced quick trotting steps in his Ziegfield-Follies act, the Fox Trot became an American all-time favorite.

Dance Marathons

Dance Marathons were popular during the great depression. Dancers competed for money prizes. They were allowed a 10 minute rest for every hour of dancing. The longest running marathon lasted 5,152 hours - 214 days.

Sometimes dances are choreographed to popular songs such as Dee Dee Sharp's 'Mashed Potato Time'  and Chubby Checker's 'The Twist' and dancing the Shimmy to the song 'Shimmee' by Shelton Brooks. There are also the Village People's 'YMCA' and the 'Macarena' by Los del Río.

Move the coffee table, put on some tunes, get ready to bop to the beat and cut the rug to start you own dance fad.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff