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A Brief History of Clubbing

Ever wonder if cavemen were actually rave men? Well, archaeologists haven’t figured that one out quite yet, but here’s a brief history on what we do know about the origins of clubbing.

The first instances of nightclubs in America were called Honkey Tonks and Juke Joints, which sprouted up in the 1900s to the 1920s.  Here, working class Americans socialized and danced to music plaid on a piano or jukebox.

Webster Hall is considered to be the first official American Nightclub. It was built in 1986 and started out as a hall not just for dancing, but for political activism as well.

During Prohibition, many nightclubs were forced to go underground and were referred to as Speakeasies.

Actual Speakeasy 1920s

After Prohibition ended, several popular nightclubs sprouted up. Some of these include legendary venues such as the Copacabana, El Morocco and the Stork Club.

During WWII, jazz, bebop music and certain dances such as the Jitterbug were all banned in German-occupied France because the Nazis did not like the “American influence”. However, the French were not having it and met at secret underground venues called discotheques. There were also underground clubs in Nazi Germany, founded by anti-Nazi young people called “swing kids”.

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In 1947, a Paris discotheque named Whisky A Gogo was founded, and with it came the modern day nightclub scene. This nightclub was the first to incorporate colored lights and turntables to provide an unstoppable soundtrack to the evening.

In the 1970s, the advent of Disco led to what we know now as modern day nightclubs. Disco clubs first started out as places where oppressed groups of people such as blacks, gays, Latinos and Jews could congregate and have a good time. Disco culture was all about exploring sexuality and pushing the envelope on what was appropriate, and therefore drew a lot of scrutiny from many uptight individuals. Disco clubs also provided a place for rebellious young people to join in an alternative counterculture.

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During the 1980s, London had one of the most popular clubbing scenes. Electronic and reggae-inspired music became the staple.

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The 1990s paved the way for today’s modern club scene. Electronic, techno, house and trance music became popular and DJs spun the latest beats all night long. Raving also became popular, and with it came “club drugs” such as MDMA.

Today, clubbing has been brought out of the counterculture and is now considered to be popular culture. Clubs have moved from being literally underground to now being in almost every city. However, one fact still remains. Clubs are still places for young people to let loose, have a great night, and dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Best Vacation Destinations for Dancers

Does your idea of a perfect getaway involve shaking your groove-thang at the hippest nightlife our world has to offer? Before you consult your travel agent and pack your bags, be sure to consider these 10 cities where those looking for dancing won’t be disappointed.

Miami, Florida Drink all day. Play all night. Let’s get it poppin. You’re in Miami! Home to some of the states’ hottest nightlife including Cameo, a South Beach nightclub which features some of the hottest DJs the world has to offer. If bumping and grinding near a gorgeous beach is what you’re after, I suggest booking your flight now.

Cabo St Lucias, Mexico is the go-to destination for drunk college kids and veteran vacationers alike. Obviously the place to be is Cabo Wabo, owned by legendary rocker, Sammy Hagar. The place is known for the diversity of its dancers as well as its tequila, so bottoms up amigo!

Amsterdam, Holland We know that nightclubs are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this European city, but Amsterdam actually has some pretty awesome places to let loose on the dance floor.  Famous Amsterdam clubs include Paradiso, Melkweg, AIR and Escape but there is also the famous Red Light district to visit if you’re feeling extra adventurous.

Rio De Jenero, Brazil may be the country’s second-largest city, but it is definitely first when it comes to having a good time. Clubs include the swanky and exclusive Miroir as well as the long-running  00-Zero Zero.

New York City is considered one of America’s most diverse cities and the choices in nightlife completely mirror that. Studio 54 and Bungalow 8 are considered to be the birth places of disco, and should be on every savvy club-goers repertoire. And for the more adventurous, check out the dives and hole-in-the-walls that permeate the East Village and the Meatpacking district; some of NYC’s most eccentric areas.

Las Vegas, Nevada is a city that runs on providing people with a good time. There are plenty of clubs to choose from such as the far-east themed TAO and the swanky Marquis, which boasts several DJs and seven swimming pools in its 60,000 square-foot total space.

Berlin, Germany is one of Europe’s go-to cities for nightlife. There are still lines to get into clubs at 9 in the morning and it definitely rivals NYC for the title of “The City That Never Sleeps”. You won’t be able to sleep either as you party at places such as Berghain, which is located inside of an old power plant.

Ibiza, Spain is considered by many to be the mother of all nightclub destinations.  You will find everything from beachfront dancing to nightclubs with music spun by some of the world’s greatest DJs. Space, Pacha, Amnesia and Privilege are considered to be some of the best nightclubs on this party island.

Atlantic City, New Jersey is one of the best party locations along the famed Jersey Shore. Two of the best clubs are HQ at Revel, the city’s newest casino, and the Pool at Harrah’s, where you can dance and get soaking wet all at the same time.

And for Those Who Like Cruises why not check out a Ballroom Dancing Cruise? Several well-known cruise companies all over the world offer these themed cruises for people who love or want to learn how to ballroom dance.

We are lucky to live in a world where people know how to have a good time. Remember to brush up on those dance skills before you start packing. You don’t want to look like the typical bumbling tourist.

Ten Drinks and the Message You Send When You Buy One For a Lady

Fellas, women read into everything.  While our cold, emotionless logic circuits are anxiously trying to close the deal, women are out there feeling, feeling, feeling.  One of the things they “feel” is the drink you buy for them when you meet for the first time.  They will—  No, they need to go back to their friends and spend twenty to thirty minutes discussing what you bought for them during the first few moments.  Here are the messages you send with your drinks.

1.  Beer:  “Hi, I share an apartment with three other roommates because technically my job is considered a paid internship.  I hope you don’t like guys with money!”

2.  Wine Cooler:  “Hello!  I’m mentally still in 11th grade!  Wanna make out?”

3.  Tequila Shot:  “I’m going to pour alcohol in you until you forget where you live and end up at my place.  I’ll find your bra under my bed a week from now.  Although I will pay your cab fare home, I will not be making you breakfast since I can’t cook anything more complicated than a microwave burrito.”

4.  Tom Collins:  “I have no idea what women drink, but I saw this one on Mad Men and I figure you probably watch that.  I will make awkward conversation with you.  You can probably get a few more free drinks out of me and put me right in the friend zone.”

5.  White Russian:  “I’m in college and my friends and I quote The Big Lebowski constantly.  I will constantly try and have sex with you the moment we start talking.”

6. Vodka Martini:  “Greetings, I am the most boring person in this club.  You will start to doze off, halfway through me telling you my name.  You’ll give me a fake number just so we’ll never have to talk again.”

7.  Scotch on the rocks:  “I work at a Fortune 500 company and can spend fifteen minutes talking about how expensive my watch is.  Watch me piss away a grand on bottle service in hopes of getting you into the sack tonight.”

8. Mai Tai:  “Welcome to the party train and this train makes all the stops.  If you haven’t woken up in an alley with no shoes three states away, then you didn’t really party.”

9. Cosmopolitan:  “I’m recently divorced and therapist told me this is where people meet now.  My wife used to drink these because her and her friends watched Sex in the City.  I’ll be cutting out early, I have to say goodnight to my kids.”

10. Mohito:  “Hey, I follow trends.  You remind me of someone I saw on TV.  If we start dating and you change your hair, I will immediately break up with you.  Sure, I’m shallow, but you’re judging people based on drinks, so don’t talk.”

 

Club Dance Moves

If you’re going out to a nightclub, it’s important to arm yourself with some club dance moves. Otherwise, you’ll just end up looking like this guy:

So which club dance moves are the best to learn? The moves should appear difficult, but be simple to pull off.  Let’s start with the classics:

Michael Jackson is famous for a reason. He invented timeless, classic dance moves like the moonwalk for all of us to show off at the clubs. This is a perfect example of a club dance move that looks cool, and is a lot easier to pull off than it looks. Even if you’re not a MJ fan, you have to admit it looks way cooler than doing the Macarena:

If you’re with a group of friends and you all want to dance with each other rather than just stand around in a circle, sipping drinks, and shaking dat ass, try this club dance move from Kid ‘n Play in House Party:

And now for the “Humpty” club dance move:

Simple, sexy, old school.

Now that you’ve got some timeless classics under your belt, try to learn some more modern club dance moves like:

The Cyclone Wave:

The L Kick:

The Knee drop:

If you want a lot more, free club dance moves, check out our YouTube channel.

After you go through all of those and you’re still hungry for more (your desire to learn is very admirable), check out our comprehensive dance DVDs that’ll get you moving so hot you set the roof on fire!

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5 Signs Women Send That Say, “I WANT TO DANCE WITH YOU.”

Women can be cryptic on and off the dance floor, and when it comes to approaching a lady at the club, it can be nearly impossible to tell what she’s thinking. If you’re not sure if she’s into you and your grooves, keep an eye out for these 5 telltale signs that are her way of saying “I want to dance with you.” May these hints help you solve the mystery and give you the confidence to make your move when the time is right!

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She Moves Closer

Even from all the way across the room, a girl can spy exactly whom she wants to dance with. If you notice that she has inched her way to your part of the dance floor, this is the first good sign. She may not get up and close right away, but she will definitely make an effort to be in your general area. Not only will she get closer, she’ll also try to make sure that she’s always in your line of vision. If you turn around, she’ll shift so she’s still in the direction you’re facing. It will be subtle, but if you catch it, get ready to look out for sign #2.

She Separates Herself From Her Girl Friends

We all know how intimidating it can be to approach a woman when she is surrounded by 10 of her best girl friends. Your lady will want to make this task less daunting for you; she’ll want to appear inviting! She will slowly separate from her friends and make sure that you have an easy access point to her.

She Plays With Her Hair

Playing with her hair can be one of the most flirty things a girl can do. If you notice that she’s got her hand in her hair a lot on the dance floor, this is because she wants you to see her face and stand out from the crowd full of long, luscious, whipping locks. Also, when she pulls the hair from her face, it gives her a chance to look around, and sneak a peak at where you are and what you’re doing.

She Laughs A lot

Like playing with her hair, laughing is another sign of flirtation. When she’s laughing, she’s trying to show that she is having a good time and would be a blast to dance with. Not only is she sexy, but she’s trying to appear to be light-hearted and easy-going. You might wonder, what is she laughing at? Don’t ask, just know that it’s her way of calling you over to her party.

She Stares You Down

And after all of this, if you haven’t swooped in for the dance yet, and she’s still into you, she will do whatever it takes to catch your eye and stare you down. If you make eye contact with her and she actually holds it, rather darting her eyes instantly, then that is her most powerful way of saying, “Come dance with me. Now.”

As nervous as the men may be to make a move, the ladies are scared too and that’s why it can be so tricky to detect what she wants. So look for these signs to see if she’s trying to tell you something. And if she is, don’t ignore it, go for it!