From the earliest days of dance, to today’s technology-driven revolutions, modern dance crazes have hitched a ride on social media, viral videos and television to spread like wildfire across all generations, nationalities and backgrounds. Here are just a few of the most popular dances in history:
It was in 1993 that Los Del Rio’s one-hit wonder “Macarena” began a spin, strut, hip swinging dance craze that still rattles through weddings and clubs everywhere. It spawned a movement more than a fad–the dance is now a recurring motif in dance contests, fitness classes and barrooms.
This extremely popular dance type is named after the harbour city of Charleston, South Carolina. It was a favourite of flappers -‘scandalous’ men and women who yanked away the stuffy etiquette of their parents’ generation and wanted to flaunt their arms, kick up their heels and let loose.
A form of swing dancing, the Lindy Hop was popularized in Harlem during the 1930s. This high energy, fast-paced dance is known for its aerials (lifting or “throwing” a partner), swivels and spins.
In the 1930s, the Jitterbug emerged as a spin-off of swing dancing and the Lindy Hop. This wild, explosive couples dance was developed in underground African American juke joints during Prohibition.
The simple but lively Suzie Q can be performed solo or as part of a group. This late 1930s mainstay is danced to a simple four-step beat.