Who doesn’t know disco? Who hasn’t heard of it? Well, I guess, everybody from all walks of life, may it be young or old knows this dance and dances it well!
When did Disco become a hit? It was in the 70’s when disco hit the club scene. There were films like “Saturday Night Fever” by John Travolta and the famous Studio 54 in NYC. I bet you learned how to dance disco by just watching this movie!
Early disco was about deejays to maintain a rhythm between cuts. They put in some strobe lights, disco balls and their colourful costumes to complete the act. If you think that disco just came out of nowhere, you are wrong. Latin dances such as samba, cha-cha, meringue, tango and mambo pretty much inspired disco. If we talk about classic disco, then you must have heard of “the bump” and “the hustle.” The latter has many variations such as the NYC hustle, considered as the classic one, the Latin hustle; southern California skater influenced street hustle and tango hustle.
What are the steps? How can you learn how to dance disco? Well, disco dance steps share common elements. You have the “Stepping side to side,” typical gap filler in between disco moves. Then there is the “Revolving hands and raising arms, just in time for the beat in a classic disco dance. As inspired by Latin moves, there are moves like the hip and pelvic movement. And disco dancers love the “shoulder tilt up and down” move as they step forward and back.
Disco dancing is much enjoyed with repetitive rhythm to the point of inducing a trance, pretty much like music at the raves and house dance parties of the 1990’s. Disco dancing never entertains dead air, where dancers will have a chance to stop. Disco is about continuity, fluidity of moves. One of the defining groups that said a lot about disco dancing is the BEE GEES! I bet you know of their songs, “Staying Alive!” Then there are these other disco groups such as the Village People who popularized the songs YMCA, Donna Summer and Funkadelic and so many other bands.