~~~WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE DANCE?~~~

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Top of pageBottom of page   By medusa9e2003 (66.73.0.92) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 08:50 pm:

Some of our favorite music, came with a dance, and some didn't~What was your favorite Dance then(U know when) and what song did U like 2 dance 2
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Top of pageBottom of page   By J5Collector (66.188.87.80) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 10:33 pm:

I especially remember dancing the Sex Machine in the early 70s. I assume it originated with the James Brown song of the same name but we'd dance it to any funky beat. On the subject of funky, how about the Funky Chicken? That was a dance we did a lot in the same era. When I was real young, I remember doing the Monkey to "Micky's Monkey."

I love watching old early 70s videos of Soul Train, just for the dancing. Nothing beats the Soul Train Dance Line!

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (205.188.209.109) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 11:57 pm:

MINE WAS THE "STEP AHEAD SHUFFLE"!!!...THE ONE WHERE YOU DANCED A STEP AHEAD OF THE CLUB OWNER OR PROMOTER TO MAKE SURE YOU GOT ALL YOUR MONEY FOR PLAYING THE GIG!!!...STUBASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By Carl Dixon London (62.31.40.155) on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 04:31 am:

Talking of Sex Machine, I saw James Brown at The Royal Albert Hall last Sunday. Sensational! And he dances just fine..........

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME9 (217.14.178.109) on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 04:55 am:

The Inky-Dinky
from the Rare Soul all-nighter Scene
circa-1971/72.
Always remember the Inky-Dinky being danced to at The Mecca to Johnny Moores "walk like a Man"
everyone had there hands on there hips and would all be dancing and at the right moments would be about to hit one another when you would ever so smartly veer off
its hard to explain
but what a cool way of hitting the floor
the actual steps were amazing to see and to do.

Dont know how the dance name came about
but am almost certain it evolved from dancing to The Dramatics stomper of
'Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo'

Mel(still in the Groooooooove)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Fury13 (12.2.196.17) on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 12:03 pm:

Hully Gully. Twist. Jerk.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Tony Russi (68.210.2.160) on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 12:17 pm:

I won a Mashed Potato contest when I was 11, I always loved the Jerk and the Philly Dog but as Gary US Bonds says "do the twist and you'll never grow old"....so I try to Twist for exercise to Garys or Chubbys' tunes.The Popcorn was a cool soul dance also.

Top of pageBottom of page   By paulie3shoes (68.162.99.215) on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - 10:52 am:

eh, dis is ol' paulie(over here)
i jus wanna say not fer nuttin dat my favrite dance is da tarrentele an it goes sumtin like dis
da da da da da da da...da da da da da da da da
capice!!! i do dat dance alla time until i pass out from too much anisette!@#$%^&*

Top of pageBottom of page   By R&B (138.238.41.215) on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - 10:57 am:

GOOD OLD HAND DANCING DOES IT FOR ME,AND THERE ARE A GREAT NUMBER OF SONGS TO DANCE TO..I'M SO THANKFUL,THE IKETTS,OPEN THE DOOR TO YOUR HEART,DARRELL BANKS,AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG,THE TEMPS JUST TO NAME A FEW!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Vonnie (68.162.99.215) on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - 02:42 pm:

In Philly we had specific dances associated with certain songs. The Cha-Cha and the Fish Cha-Cha were done on most of the Drifters, Miracles and Ben E. King songs. For example the Fish Cha-Cha would be done on the Ben E. King song "Stand By Me" and the regular Cha-Cha would be done on "Spanish Harlem" and on The Miracles "I'll Try Something New".

The Bop(also called the Two Step) was relegated to Marvin Gaye and Temptation songs. For example on the song "Don't Look Back" and "The Way You Do The Things You Do", by the Temptations we did the Bop, but on the song "My Girl" we did the Cha-Cha. On Marvin's "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", we did the Bop.

On quite a few of the Supreme songs we did a dance called the Wobble. It was done to tunes such as "Baby Love" and "Where Did Our Love Go".

We did a dance called the Birdland to the Ray Charles record "What I Say". And on the song "Think" by James Brown we did a dance called the Slop.

There were also specialized dances for specific songs, we did the Hitch-Hike dance to the Marvin Gaye song "Hitch-Hike". To the Sherry's song "Popeye", we did the Popeye. The dance that we did to the Isley Brothers song "Shout" was the Shout. The Orlons song "Wah Watusi" we did the Watusi. The dance called the Poney was done to the Chubby Checker song "Poney Time" and of course everyone did the twist to Chubby's song "The Twist".

The favorite dance for all the young teens in Philly was The Slow Drag(or Slow Dance)done to any slow tempo song. They especially liked the song "Stay In My Corner" by the Dells because the song lenght was almost seven minutes.

Vonnie

Top of pageBottom of page   By Vonnie (68.162.99.215) on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - 04:33 pm:

P.S. I forgot to add the most fun dances that we did, the Funky Chicken and the Funky Broadway.

These dances were danced to the song "Funky Chicken" made famous by Rufus Thomas and "Funky Broadway" sung by Wilson Pickett.

Vonnie

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (217.14.178.54) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 10:22 am:

Vonnie/Bobby
do you know when you first heard a record that mentions 'philly dog'
as there are so many different records that are about this I would love to know who first cut a song about it.
many thanks
mel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Tony Russi (68.210.2.160) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 11:36 am:

Hey Mel, the first record down here in Fla. that I heard mention philly dog was "Philly Dog" by the Mar-Keys on Stax...then I remember "(Baby Do the )Philly Dog" by the Olympics which was on Mirwood(I think)an LA label that also had "The Duck" by Jackie Lee....Vonnie/Bobby what about in Philly?

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 11:38 am:

Favorite Dances:
Hustle
Bump
Jerk
The 81
Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (81.174.193.33) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 12:16 pm:

Thanks Tony
I still have those 45s
I just would like to know how far back it goes with philly dog or philly dawg as some are spelled.
I cant think of a bad track that I have or have heard that relates to the philly dog as ever being bad.
many thanks
mel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Vonnie (67.40.203.32) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 01:22 pm:

Hey KevGo,

You brought back memories, I had forgotten about the Bump, 81, The Hustle and The Jerk. They were some of my favorite dances as well.

Mel,

The Philly dog was not one of my favorite dances because it was a very suggestive dance. I certainly knew how to do the dance but I declined to dance it in public.

Vonnie

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (81.174.194.222) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 02:00 pm:

Sorry Vonnie
I didnt know it was a suggestive dance.
mel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (141.151.59.40) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 02:05 pm:

The first "dog" record that I heard in Philly was the Rufus Thomas one, later followed by the Olympics Philly Dog and then the Mar-keys.

Top of pageBottom of page   By robbydbass (152.163.252.68) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 02:13 pm:

how about "karate boogaloo now baby", the hully gully, the peppermint pattie, the cabbage patch shing-a-ling,the dog, the temptation walk...

Top of pageBottom of page   By TonyRussi (68.210.2.160) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 02:50 pm:

Yea,robbydbass,"Karate Boogaloo" by Jerry-O(I think)was BAAD.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB (205.186.128.236) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 04:09 pm:

Ok - ya'll know I love to tell stories - so here is one.

Before I begin though - Vonnie you nailed it, and called out the songs and artists. That was bad. I used to love the "Funky Chicken & Broadway." And I loved the "Four Corners & the Bop."

I penned some dance lyrics back in June 1994. The lyrics propose we do a new dance called "The Hula Hoop." Just imagine one using an actually Hula-Hoop - and apply those movements to a dance. But - of course, one would make the movements funky.

I wrote up a proposal package w/a cover letter and sent it and the lyrics to Quincy Jones' LA office. I even included an outline on how I imagined the video to be. I stated that I wanted a few young girls and boys to be in it. (Ages 14 - 18)

Anyway - within one week - at 8:00 p.m. - on a Thursday night - I received a call from one of Quincy's top assistants. I was just too thru! The lady told me that Mr. Jones was out of town - but as soon as he returned - she would present my package to him - and that someone would be getting back to me.

I tried to call her back after about three weeks - but to no avail. I finally hired an Entertainment Attorney to submit my proposal again. He did - but I never heard anything back. For some reason - Quincy was the only producer/artist or entertainment, that I wanted to take a look at it. I can't believe that it has been almost ten years since I sent it initially. I plan on resubmitting my package again - and pretty soon. I intend on hiring an ET from NY this time. The previous attorney was from the DC area.

I have a good friend that I went to college with that has a Dress Shirt Store in DC. He knows Quincy, and he has designed monogrammed shirts for him. He has several clients that are well know or famous. About a year ago - he told me that he had spent some time w/Quincy measuring him for some shirts - and that they went somewhere together in a limo. I was like - what? I told him to mention me to Quincy - and he said he would. Anyway - he called me last week - and I asked if he had heard from Q. and he said no. (I've asked him about Q., on and off since, he first told me he knew Q.) I fully intend to try to present my proposal to Q. again before too long. I also have a list of about 5 others that I will submit it to.

My friend told me that he spent some time last weekend w/a friend of his - Robert Frye. Robert sings w/the "Intruders", and he was going to Philly this weekend for something that the Intruders are involved in and preparing for. He DJ's here in DC for the radio station 89.3, or something like that.

Needless to say - I got the copyright for the lyrics - and they are tight IMO. Seeing that Quincy's office thought they were good and/or had potential - then I will neva give up on the idea. By the 1st of the new year - I intend to start submitting them again and for real. I think my dance song would be hot - and especially if the Macarena (sp?) dance and song could hit it big. My friends and relatives loved it, and they sincerely thought my idea and lyrics would work.

I intend to keep on trying, as I'll remember the old saying that "It's not over until it's over."

Top of pageBottom of page   By Charmedes (142.165.104.72) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 04:46 pm:

It's always seemed to me that many modern dances are derivatives of the twist. The other classic being, of course, the jive.

Regardless of the dance presented, I instinctively look for the "flow;" that is, how well the head, body and limbs move as a unified whole.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 05:19 pm:

Vonnie:
Thanks for the post - the hustle is my most favorite of the bunch.

Years ago at one of Felix Hernandez' Rhythm Revue dances at Roseland (here in NYC), I danced the hustle with a beautiful woman who had the steps down cold (we danced to Double Exposure's "Ten Percent" - ask Bobby about that record!). A month later I was back at Roseland and when Felix played the record, people kept asking me where was my dance partner!

I'm sure you & Bobby have many stories about the 81...:)

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By Fury13 (209.69.165.10) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 10:04 pm:

How about:

The Continental
The Shag

Top of pageBottom of page   By Marv (152.163.252.68) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 10:43 pm:

Favorite Dances and some songs we did them to:

The Jerk- Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar"

The Bump- James Brown's "The Payback"

The Spank- Parliament/Funkadeliacs "Flashlight"

Great memories indeed.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (141.151.59.40) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 12:10 am:

On the other side of the coin, so to speak
American Bandstand had "their dances" most of which IMO, were spastic and totally devoid of soul and rhythm. In fact, watching AB sometimes would throw off my equilibrium!!
Some of the dances that the rhythmless white kids danced to were the chalypso, which was basically a spastic cha cha which was started when they played Diana by Paul Anka, the bop,which had absolutely no connection to our bop and was done to Whole lotta shakin goin on and Great balls of fire by Jerry Lee Lewis, a rhythmless stroll, that was danced to the Diamonds record of the same neme, a non-funky chicken(devoid of grease)a sexless version of the twist and a totally stupid looking pony!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Boo-Ga-Loo (81.174.194.119) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 04:02 pm:

The Jerk.
Mashed Potato.
Shimmy.
Philly Dog.
The Boo-ga-Loo.
Twine Time.
Skate and Shuffle'oo.
The Freddie.
Temptation Walk.
The Boo-me-rang.
Loco-motion.
The Walk.
Hully Gully.
Hitch Hike.
Philly Freeze.
Monkey Time.
The '45'
Hulla-Ba-Loo.
The Blizzard.
The Slow Fizz.
THE SHING-A-LING!!!!!!!!
Watutsi.
The Peanut Duck.
The Duck.
Harlem Shuffle.
The Barracuda.
The Skate.
The Cool Off.
The Bounce.
Karate Boogaloo.
Great Goo-ga-moo-ga.
The Earthquake.
Shake a Tail Feather.
JerknTwine.
The Cool Jerk.
The Horse.
The Pony.
The Mule.
Barefootin'.
Soul Time.
The Name Game.
Nitty Gritty.
The Boston Monkey.
Do The Easy.
MC Twine.
The Hucklebuck.
The Shotgun.
Shake and Finger-pop.
The Soda pop.
Shake rattle and Roll.
The Concentration.
Funky Chicken.
Funky Penguin.
Boni Moroni.
The 81.
Wang Dang Doodle.
BIG BOPPER!

Top of pageBottom of page   By paulie3shoes (141.151.62.121) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 04:10 pm:

youse fergot da tarentelle!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ian W (194.75.129.2) on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 07:49 am:

We Brits have danced to all these US dance craze 45s but we only have one basic dance style. OK two then! When I dance the 'Mashed Potato' these days the potato comes through unblemished. I'd love to see a few of these dances being performed though! The first time I heard 'The Shag' mentioned I nearly fell off my perch. It's used as a euphemism here and I'm not talking tobacco, birds or piled rugs!

Top of pageBottom of page   By moanman (24.44.218.110) on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 09:12 am:

The Boogaloo
The Boogaloo Philly
The Bump
The Patty Duke
The Jerry Lewis
The Wop
The Football
The Hustle
The Snake

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (217.14.178.15) on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 11:22 am:

Forgot
RnB Time
mel/oops I mean
Boo-Ga-Loo.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Julian (205.188.209.109) on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 11:30 am:

The Schoolcraft! (Detroiters know it!)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Marv (205.188.209.109) on Saturday, August 02, 2003 - 09:26 am:

The Football!! I remember that one. Oh and "The Breakdown",

The Popcorn
Cold Duck
The Freak
Freaky Deaky
The Hustle
Latin Hustle
Bus Stop
The Lock
Pop Lock
The Robot
The Slide
The Ballroom
Booty Green
The Smurf
The Snake
THE JAMES BROWN!!!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By medusa (66.73.2.96) on Saturday, August 02, 2003 - 10:39 pm:

yesssss, we used 2 slow drag off the Intruders song 'Slow Drag'. Guys & Girls would fall N love or (maybe just get horny) LOL! especially if U could steal a kiss or 2, while slow dancing, with the red or blue light on. I know U all remember that!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Lauren (24.236.132.219) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 08:56 pm:

Well, here I go again....Did I miss it or didn't anyone remember the "MADISON"? It was done to the beat of the Shirells "Tonights the Night", or "Will you Love me Tomorrow", etc. Popular in the '60s. Brian Ferry songs, such as "Don't Stop the Dance", "Kiss and Tell" are a good beat also. You held your partner very close and twisted around together in unison. When a couple really choreographed it well it was very sexy, I think.
I notice that most everyone loves the Electric Glide! It's been around a few years now and is always done at your basic wedding receptions and reunions.
I Can't leave out the Soupy Shuffle.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister (65.43.148.15) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 11:04 pm:

Just caught this thread. I was in Japan when it came out and my sis Vonnie beat me to all the cool dances, so I'll just mention a couple of early ones.

The Jitterbug-1940's
The Lindy-1950's
The Stroll-1950's
The Slop-1960
Mash Potatoes-early 60's
Peppermint Twist-1962 (?)
The JB-1967

No one mentioned The Electric Slide!

S.S.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Uptight (24.55.6.144) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 11:30 pm:

I remember seeing:
The Robot ('70s) to "Dancin' Machine"
The Errol Flynn (70s) to "One Nation Under a Groove"
The Smurf (80s) "Din Da Da"
The NY Smurf (80s)
The Smurfette (80s)
The Troop (80s) "I'm Not Souped" or "New Jack Swing"
The Schoolcraft (90s)
The Roger Rabbit (90s)
The Running Man (90s) to "Gonna Make You Sweat"

...phew! I enjoyed attempting to do these dances.

Top of pageBottom of page   By JoB (204.42.12.2) on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 01:59 am:

Oh come on, I know I'm not the only "youngsta" up in here...some dances that my gen. grew up on...

Da Butt
the Coca-Cola
the Reebok
the Roger Rabbit
the running man
the Humpdey dance
the Percolator
the Tootsie Roll
the Electric Slide (which according to my parents, is the Hustle, stolen and renamed :o)
(newer one) the Harlem shake
(newer one) the Crypt Walk (C-walk)

...BTW, when listening to any of my beloved classics ("Shotgun" for instance), and it hits me just right, I love to do my twisted little version of the Jerk :o)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Uptight (24.55.6.144) on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 02:46 am:

Yes, JoB. Those dances eluded me. I had fun attempting those, too.
:)

Top of pageBottom of page   By JoB (204.42.12.2) on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 03:27 am:

Uptight...I guess that's what you could call what I was doing also...ATTEMPTING :o)
...well, all except Da Butt and the Reebok. I had those two DOWN.

Two more I forgot to mention:

the Kid n Play (get you a good partner and it's ON...)
the Snake---I can remember being 5 and 6 years old, and mixing that into my "breakdancing" routine...

Top of pageBottom of page   By Uptight (24.55.6.144) on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 05:44 am:

Oh, yeah. The Reebok was one I could do, too! LOL After reading your post, I had to remember how to do it. And it came back to me! LMAO

Top of pageBottom of page   By RODS (195.93.34.9) on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 04:09 pm:

All these US dance crazes are as nothing compared to the UK Friday night out straight from the office dance around the handbag. The ladies can range from 18 to 65 and the basic premise is to stroll onto the floor, drink in hand, and heap the handbags up in a pile. They then form a large circle around them to deter thieves and other dancers who were unfortunate enough to be in that space moments ago.
When the music starts they are initially startled that it's not Abba but Smokey's "Whole lot of shakin'...". However they press on and slowly start to move. At first glance it may appear that they are either dancing to the record that's just finished or one that may be played at some time later in the night or even some record they remember from their youth.
During the dancing they will carry on a conversation with various members of the circle encouraging each other with friendly waves and exaggerated dance movements.
This then leads to each member shuffling into the middle and doing a party piece which involves waving their hands above their heads and laughing self-consciously.
It may sound easy but to talk, drink, move about a bit and piss off every soul fan there takes some doing.
ROD

Top of pageBottom of page   By douglasm (68.113.13.31) on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 04:40 pm:

Lauren...
...in re The Madison, ask Brad and Janet (damnit)
Anyone do any line dancing in high school? I seem to remember boys lining up on one side and girls on the other, doing "Motown" style steps.

Top of pageBottom of page   By longgonelover (67.217.109.164) on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 08:59 pm:

I have the CD by Candy and The Kisses. There's a song called "The 81". I've heard in England they did a dance called The 81? What was that like?

Top of pageBottom of page   By Lauren (24.236.132.219) on Thursday, August 28, 2003 - 07:31 pm:

Douglasm, I hope Brad and Janet are still gettin down with the Madison.
Line dancing was very popular in the early '60s. I remember doing the "Old Man" and the "line dance" (the only name I remember it called) to "Duke of Earl". The guys on one side and girls on the other. At Walled Lake Casino it could go a mile long it seemed, and the rows were doubled and tripled. Does anyone remember those great dances? We also did a line dance to "Mother in Law' by Ernie Kaydoe. Lots of fun.


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