Have you ever crunked until your hips hurt? Or waacked away your bingo wings? Or vogued like Queen Madge herself? Any idea what we’re talking about?
We’ve been doing some digging into the world of dance crazes. We’ve pulled on the lycra and leg warmers and given them a go. From the waltz to the body pop, the tango to the robot, we’ve strutted and jived and shimmied until everything aches.
Here are some of our favourites, with accompanying videos, of course, so you can try them for yourself…
See if you can get as good as these guys.
Inspired by the glamorous poses of the Vogue cover girls and involving some fairly camp arm waving, this is a great way to take down a lamp or knock over a bookcase. Make sure you’ve got enough room. Madonna may have made it famous to most of us, but it’s actually been around since the ‘60s.
And it’s rather like the even more fabulous house dance, waacking.
OOPS UP SIDE YOUR HEAD
Who came up with this one -sitting on a dirty dance floor legs-a-kimbo patting the floor – needless to say we are all guilty of hitting the floor as soon as it comes on the sound system.
These guys have got it and make it look pretty good.
Remember this video? This was when Top of the Pops got a bit sexy.
This was when Top of the Pops got a bit sexy.
A warning though: it is not an easy dance to do. It’s a combination of all sorts of Latin moves, with much side-to-side wiggling. Advice for the ladies: wear your big pants and be prepared to flash them.
THE CHICKEN DANCE
It reached its peak in the 1980s and still has dads looking silly on dance floors to this day. Admit it you’ve been on a dance floor at some point in your life doing this.
Strictly, this one is just a song with its own dance, but it’s worth a mention for the sheer power of its cult following in the ‘90s. You still can’t avoid it on the dance floors of the Canary Islands.
SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE
This classic has had everyone jumping around the dance floor since the 90s. Arms have been flying, toes have been stepped on and people have been bumping into each other ever since. We wonder how many black eyes and broken toes there have been as a result of this dance craze.
We’re not even going to pretend we got anywhere with this one, but it’s in here because it’s amazing. Normal folk who attempt it just end up looking like they’re trying to get a coat hanger out of the back of their jumper without using their hands.
These boys are brilliant though.
The Frug (pronounced ‘froog’) is 1960s dance that looks wonderfully theatrical. Makes you want to join a dance troupe or pretend to be in an Austin Powers film.
(pronounced ‘froog’) is 1960s dance that looks wonderfully theatrical. Makes you want to join a dance troupe or pretend to be in an Austin Powers film.
We’ve shared our favourite dance crazes. Do you agree? Share your opinion with us on by posting on our Facebook page or tweet us @virginactiveuk using #VA.