Graphic: 50 Years Of Dance Crazes
Dances listed in "Land of 1,000 Dances": Pony | Bony Maronie | Mashed Potato | Alligator | Watusi | The Jerk
Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., the Houston Press will host a great big production number in our parking lot at 1621 Milam St. downtown for National Dance Day. After a few practice runs (we assume), the pre-choreographed routine to the Black Eyed Peas and Brazilian smoothie Sergio Mendes' "Mas Que Nada" will be filmed and submitted to So You Think You Can Dance, this TV show a bunch of people seem to like, via YouTube.
You bring the white shirt, and we'll have snacks and water. Rocks Off's sister blog Art Attack has been all over this National Dance Day business, and even convinced a certain member of our staff to run through the steps in a couple of "instructional" videos. Earlier this week we chipped in a rundown of our favorite dance scenes in music videos.
Personally, Rocks Off Sr.'s favorite kind of dancing is what the Dixie Chicks once termed "mattress dancing." We are shy and somewhat Kramer-esque - left-footed as well as left-handed - and thus happy to leave the dance-floor heroics to others. But we do enjoy watching people dance, and it never fails to amuse us some of the names they come with for the sometimes intricately complicated series of steps. Frug!
Although dance crazes date back to the Charleston and Foxtrot of the Jazz Age - and hell, various minuets, tarantellas and gavottes centuries before that - Rocks Off picked out a few of the biggest from the past 50 years, and drafted Houston Press art director Monica Fuentes to compile them into a spiffy infographic. Hoof it on over there and check it out.