Popular Dances of the Decade

Sep 18, 2023 Uncategorized

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From the ’80s and moonwalking to 2018 and flossing, every decade brings its own popular dance trends. These fads come and go, but they all share something in common: they’re all fun!

Swing dancing sprang up in the 1920s, building on jazz music’s popularity at the time. It’s a high-energy style that can be done as an individual, in a pair or as a group. Some of the most famous swing dances are The Charleston, Lindy Hop and Shag dance.

Modern dance combines ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and African dance to create an influential performance art. Its emphasis on freedom of movement and the use of the entire body makes it an accessible and popular style of dance.

Flamenco is a passionate and expressive Spanish dance that blends singing, guitar playing, handclapping and dancing to create a magical form of expression. It has become an internationally accepted heritage of humanity.

The ’50s saw the decline of Swing and Big Band Orchestras, and teenagers moved towards group dances that were easy to learn. One such trend was the Electric Slide, which required a large line of dancers to perform.

Punk rock had its own edgy and energetic dance style that matched the music, with moshing in mosh pits, Jacking (a simple back-and-forth body move) and Voguing (imaginative modeling moves inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphs and highly stylized models).