Disco Essay

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Couple dancing, enhanced by the individuality of the 1960s, returned in the 1970s with the
hustle and other elaborately choreographed dances performed to disco music, a simple
form of rock with strong dance rhythms. Disco dancing would completely dominate the
social dance scene of the 1970s and most of the 80s. Eventually the growing popularity of
late 80s music, including new age, punk rock, and funk, would bring about the death of
disco. Disco was yet another “flavor of the month” in the dance world that was victim to
over-exposure. It started out strong, with a small but loyal following; eventually, however,
it was sucked into the mainstream, where its over-commercialization destroyed its fan
The onset of 1970s witnessed the music industry’s further consolidation of its
power. It once again sought to mass-produce music styles that had originally been highly
individualistic. Corporate rock, the singer-songwriter genre, and slick varieties of soul and
country-and-western music featuring glamorous superstars playing to massive crowds in
sports arenas defined a new mainstream. Meanwhile, far away from those sold out arenas,
a select few moved their bodies to the rhythmic disco beats reverberating in “trendy”
dance clubs. As with all potentially commercializeable music forms, a few opportunistic
record producers found their way into these clubs, and before long the sounds of groups
like Abba, Baccara, the Bee Gees, Boney M, Chic Donna Summer, Eruption, Gloria
Gaynor, Imagination, and Kool and the Gang littered the air waves.
As disco’s popularity gained momentum, the once tastefully sporatic disco dance
clubs popped up everywhere. America had found a new obsession. On the weekends, you
would throw on your bellbottoms pants and polyester shirt, and headed out to the clubs. It
became a way of life for some. For the diehard disco dancer and the amateur who wanted
to find his way out onto the dance floor, dance studios began to offer classes in disco
dancing. At the height of the disco era came the movie Saturday Night Fever. Once it hit
the theaters, the dance clubs became as crowded as ever. They would be filled
wall-to-wall with guys who really thought they were John Travolta. After that, though, it
just got too big. Disco dancing infected everything, and people just got sick of it. By the
end of the 80s it was nothing more than a joke.

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