Most of you reading this article are already familiar with club dancing or have even attended one. But do you know where and when did the club dance start? Are those dancers professional? Let’s read on to learn about club dancing and its origin.
Club dance creates a unique experience not present in any other social place. You can dance at your friend’s place or somewhere else but dancing at a club is a surreal experience. Dance clubs have dark halls with flashing lights to create euphoria. As you enter a club, your heart starts to pound with the loud bass of the music, and communication becomes almost impossible. Clubs also serve alcoholic beverages to take you to a trance with the music and drinks. Professional club dancers, primarily women, wear tight and sexiest clothes. Both men and women forget about the outside world and get immensely involved in dancing here.
The origin of Dance clubs takes us back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At first, there were open-air rave parties and sweaty night clubs, which later developed into discotheques, ballrooms, jazz clubs, hip hops, and so on. Night clubs started in the 1840s and 1850s in New York City, where gambling included dancing. By the 1990s, discos/dance clubs spread worldwide, becoming a mainstream youth culture. The nightclub owners hired Professional Disco Jockeys to play the soundtracks at clubs to bring an electric environment to the dancers.
Types of club dances:
Though people dance their hearts out to the loud music, there are still various professional types of club dancing. Let me walk you through them.
- Salsa/Mambo dance – It is an energetic and fun partner dance. Salsa has become popular all around the world with its friendly nature.
- Hustle style – You can do it anywhere. This style does not need contemporary music, and you can dance freely.
- West Coast Swing – This style also uses all types of music and is mainly done in ballrooms, clubs, and weddings.
- Argentine Tango – This is a sensual dance. This dance dates back to Buenos Aires in a smoke-filled nightclub.
- Lindy – This dance is done with upbeat music and danced in fun patterns.
People who dance at nightclubs are known as “Go-go dancers.” The term Go-go originated from the phrase “go-go-go,” used to encourage the dancer, and got influenced by the French expression agogo, which means “in abundance, galore.” The term Go-go dancer came from the French Bar Whiskey located near Cannes.
These dancers wore mini-skirts and high-heeled boots to entertain the audience. Go-go dancers are hired to perform at special parties, festivals, and rave dances and are called Performance art dancers. Club dancing has become a part of the celebration, and most youths want this exciting experience.