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Disco Dance

All About Disco Dance


Disco dance is a style of dance highly dependant on disco music. Disco music consists of strong, rising vocals over a steady beat and bass line. If you are familiar with disco dance, you probably remember performers and bands such as Donna Summer, Amanda Lear, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, Chic, and The Jacksons. During the 1970's, disco clubs were abundant and alive with disco dancers.

Disco Dance Characteristics

Disco dance is moving to music in your own way, while wearing disco-inspired clothing. Disco consists of steps and moves performed in time to the beat of disco music. Some common elements of disco dance include side stepping in between bigger moves, raising your arms overhead, large hip and pelvic movements, and twisting your hands in time to the beat. A few common disco dance steps include pivot turns, foot stamps, and shoulder rocks.

Disco Dance History

Disco dance emerged during the 1970s, reaching its popularity peak with the release of the blockbuster film "Saturday Night Fever." Latin dances such as the samba, cha cha, and tango inspired many of the popular disco moves. One of the pioneers of disco dance was Tom Moulton, who some believe reinvented disco music to be better suited for choreography.

Popular Disco Dance Songs

  • I Love the Nightlife
  • Le Freak
  • Macho Man
  • Y.M.C.A.
  • Play That Funky Music
  • Celebration
  • We Are Family
  • Boogie Fever
  • Stayin' Alive
  • Get Down Tonight
  • I Will Survive
  • I'm Your Boogie Man
  • Dancing Queen
  • Shake Your Booty
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie
  • Dance, Dance, Dance
  • It's a Disco Night
  • Boogie Wonderland
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