Dance crazes have the power to move and inspire people across the world. From the Charleston to the Dougie, there are many different styles of dancing that have captivated generations of music lovers and left their mark on culture. But which ones are the most popular? Here are some of the most famous dances that have taken over the world.
The stroll is a simple line dance that began in the 1950s, gaining popularity after being showcased on television shows such as American Bandstand. It was a group dance that had couples face each other and form a passageway down which they’strolled’ to the song playing, then parted to join their respective lines again. The Stroll was easy to learn, making it a suitable dance for younger generations, and it transitioned well from the slower Swing music of the 1920s to rock ‘n’ roll that hit the airwaves in the 1950s.
The ’20s may have been the decade of prohibition but it was also an exciting time for jazz dance and music. With African American musicians gaining popularity with their synchopated beats and rolicking ragtime pianos, new dance movements started to take off. The Lindy Hop and the Charleston were two of the most popular, but the Collegiate Shag and Modern Jive were also enjoyed on dance floors.
The ’90s saw a rise in Hip Hop and Rap music which spawned a torrent of new moves and dance crazes. Those who could breakdance were able to express themselves with the athleticism and style that this type of dance requires, while others opted for more social and less intense forms of movement like Krumping.