fad Dance history


the cha cha

1950 - 1960

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

1960 - 1970

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 jerk


The jerk is similar to the monkey. The arms move and hands move as if conducting. The wrists cross in front of the chest and then sweep out in time, or at half time, with the music. The hands are up at face level. On count 1, the outward sweep, the hands are quickly pushed out, giving the jerky motion. For a little more style, the fingers may be snapped on the two outward movements—the first and third counts of the hand motion.


1975 - 1976

In the 1970 Van McCoy's hit song "The Hustle" which explains how to do the disco dance named in the title, premièred in 1975. The Hustle is defiantly one of the most common dances from the 1970s. The New York is slower than the Los Angeles version and has less foot work.


1980 - 1990

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



Nearly anybody who attended a wedding reception in the late 1980s will remember hearing the "Electric Boogie" reverberating across the room and a solid line of people performing The Electric Slide.



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.

21st century dances


The most popular dances from the late 2000s are probably the Soulja Boy, the Stanky Leg, the Jerk and the Fist Pump.