When it comes to the world of dance, some moves are so popular that they become a cultural phenomenon. These are often referred to as fad or novelty dances. They typically experience a short burst of popularity, but they’re fun to do while they last.
From rumba to cha-cha-cha, many of the most popular dances in history have evolved from Latin rhythms. The tango, for example, originated along the river Rio de la Plata in Argentina and Uruguay. With its sultry moves, the tango is an elegant partner dance that is considered sensual and dramatic.
Modern dance grew out of a rebellion against classical ballet, and is characterized by a variety of styles. For instance, Release Technique uses the entire body to create a musically-focused rhythm performance. Tap dance, on the other hand, is a form of percussion that involves striking the floor with shoes to match dancing music.
The jitterbug is another twenties craze that still lives on today. It swept the country when singer Chubby Checker hit the charts with his song titled, “Jitterbug Rock.” This is an exciting line dance that has both heel and toe steps and flapping arm motions.
The newest popular dances can be found on the social media site TikTok. One of the hottest is called The Floss, invented by 16-year-old Insta-famous dancer The Backpack Kid. The viral sensation has spawned a throng of celebrities, athletes and school teachers eager to master the complex moves.