Why people don’t dance any more?

I can’t be the only one to notice that people don’t have a clue how to dance anymore.

Its just a thing I’ve noticed.

When I was growing up we had expressive arts which was a bit of crap subject but at least you learned how to dance if you couldn’t already dance. I remember learning how to moonwalk in a lesson and how to do forward flip over the course of about 1 month.

I’m not saying we should bring back expressive arts in school but I am saying when I go out clubbing (rarely) I’m shocked at the dancing I’m seeing.

I don’t know whats to blame. My flatmate thinks the music may be to blame. Some tunes are just un-dancable but I’m not so sure thats true.

When I was growing up there was a lot of stimulate for dancing such as House Party 1-3, Normski’s dance energy show on BBC2, Fresh Prince of Bellair, electric boogaloo, breakdance, etc. Now I think the only stimulation comes from So you think you dance and those cinemantic dance films such as step up. So it can’t be the stimulatus because there is plenty of that, no matter what you think of them.

So what is it? Maybe people don’t get to practice enough or something like that? Maybe they don’t get a chance to practice in front of friends and family so they only get the chance to impress there friends with there so called dancing.

I admit theres plenty of different types of music with there own types of dance but I’m talking about what use to be disco dancing, the type of thing you hear and dance to in a nightclub. There use to be a rash of latin dance clubs and recently a lot of them have shut down, not that I’m saying thats to blame but its just interesting.

So whos to blame? I honestly don’t know… Maybe I’m mistaken and its just about the places I’m going which has bad dancers?

Author: Ianforrester

Senior firestarter at BBC R&D, emergent technology expert and serial social geek event organiser.