DO YOU REMEMBER THE FUNKY CHICKEN DANCE?
NOVELTY AND FAD DANCES
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Fad dances are dances which are characterized by a short burst of popularity, while novelty dances typically have a longer-lasting popularity based on their being characteristically humorous or humor-invoking, as well as the sense of uniqueness which they have.
These are also called “dance crazes”. Dancing style fads have for some centuries been a part of social dancing, sometimes gliding smoothly into tradition after their “newness” has faded, and sometimes simply fading away into oblivion.
Since the Renaissance, the courts of European monarchs and nobles played host to a long succession of dance fads, many of which became social ‘crazes’ that spread into general society. They include the minuet, the allemande, the schottische, the mazurka and the waltz. Many of these European Renaissance dance…
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