Dance craze

Dance Fads and Crazes

  • The Charleston

    The Charleston
    The Charleston
    The Charleston is a dance named for the harbor city of Charleston, South Carolina. The dance was popularized as "The Charleston" composed by composer James P. Johnson which originated in the Broadway show Runnin' Wild and became one of the most popular hits of the decade.
  • The Mamba

    The Mamba
    The Mamba Mambo music was invented during the 1930s by Arsenio Rodríguez and the dance was made popular by Perez Prado. The original mambo dance was characterized by freedom and complicated foot-steps. Cuban dancers described the Mamba as "feeling the music".
  • The Jitterbug

    The Jitterbug
    The Jitterbug The term jitterbug comes from an early 20th-century slang for alcoholics who suffered from the "jitters". In popular culture, it was meant for swing dancers. The dancers would dance without any control or knowledge of the dance. This dance was very popular in the 40's as well.
  • The Cha Cha Cha

    The Cha Cha Cha
    The Cha Cha Cha The Cha Cha Cha is a dance created in the 1950's and is derived from the rhythm of the scraper and the shuffling of the dancers' feet.It is how the Cubans were dancing at the time. Many social dancers counted, "One, Two, Cha Cha Cha".
  • The Twist

    The Twist
    The Twist
    The Twist, a dance done by swiveling the hips, became a worldwide dance craze in the early 1960s. The Twist became extremely popular after Chubby Checker danced the Twist while singing the song of the same name on the Dick Clark Show on August 6, 1960. No one was the actual inventor of the Twist, however some say it might have been part of an African dance brought to the United States during the slavery era.
  • The YMCA

    The YMCA
    The YMCA The YMCA is a song recorded by the Village People in 1978. It gained popularity as a gay anthem and would play at many events.

    Y —arms outstretched and raised upwards
    M —made by bending the elbows from the 'Y' pose so the fingertips meet over the chest
    C —arms extended to the left
    A —hands held together above head
  • The Moonwalk

    The Moonwalk
    The Moonwalk
    The moonwalk is a dance technique that presents the illusion of the dancer being pulled backwards while attempting to walk forward. This dance was made popular when Michael Jackson performed it during one of his performances of 'Billy Jean'. It makes an illusion that the dancer is gliding backwards.