By now you’ve heard of teens dance clubs and how they are used to socialize and explore, but there’s also plenty of research about their history.
In this piece, we’ll dive into the history of teens dances and explore how they’ve evolved to be more than a place for the “cool kids” to socialise and play.
Teen dances have always been part of American culture: The dance was an integral part of the country’s American identity from the early 1800s through the 1960s.
In the 1950s and 60s, a number of popular dance styles like hip-hop and jazz were born out of the desire to have a more sophisticated, dance-forward experience.
By the late 1960s, teens were enjoying more sophisticated entertainment, including live music, films, and other media, as well as a growing number of television shows.
But by the 1970s, the boom in teen culture was ending and many dance clubs were closing.
By 1980, the number of dances in the U.S. had dropped to about 1,200, but teen culture had already changed.
Dance clubs were no longer just a way to get people together, but also to socialized and entertain.
In 1980, MTV launched the Teen Vogue, a magazine devoted to teen culture.
In 1986, MTV aired the short film “Glamour Girls” to introduce the idea of “dance parties” to the world.
And in 1988, MTV premiered the documentary “Rapper’s Delight,” which chronicles the rise of hip-hopping and dance clubs as the dominant cultural phenomenon of the 1980s.
The idea of dancing, in the words of the movie, was “to go where no one has gone before.”
This was not the first time the idea that teens could enjoy and socialize was introduced to the U, though.
As early as the 1600s, British explorer and scholar Christopher Columbus had noted that “the most common mode of transportation to the coasts is the canoe.”
In the 1800s, several European countries established dances for young people to social and entertain themselves: in Spain, Denmark, Italy, and France, for example.
The U.K. and Canada followed suit in the early 1900s.
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