Back in the 60s we danced the twist, the monkey, the pony, the frug, the watusi, the locomotion, the mashed potato . . . and, I’m sure, hundreds more. It seemed that every other day someone was coming up with a new dance.
Do today’s kids (and older) still have names for their dances?
I was just at a club on Saturday night, and I can tell you the most popular dance by far is the grind (dry humping with some hand motions thrown in). I’m only partially kidding. There are some that will pop up from time to time. I’m sure everybody remembers the Macarena, there was also the Stanky Leg (am I remember that one right?), and various songs will have instructions for dancing (slide, slide, slide dip, dip, etc).
I think when folks (and I mean this as nicely as possible, but it’s generally older folks) think younger people are just grinding on each other, they aren’t realizing that there are actually all kinds of dance moves worked in there. Sure, some people just grind in the corner of the club and are nasty, but most folks might LOOK like they are grinding, but are really doing some serious dance moves.
Haha I’m 29 so I don’t know if I qualify as “older” folks. And sure, there are people who can really dance, but the majority of people I’ve seen (at a pretty wide range of clubs and lounges) aren’t really doing anything that coordinated. Some people definitely know the dances (I remember a couple of years ago when Crank That would play and everybody would do the dance), but for a lot of the songs that didn’t have distinctive dances, it’s mostly just grinding. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, or that it doesn’t take skill too.