It was a perfect fit with the happy family that the rave scene was trying to create. There is a tangible energy that goes along with dancing to extremely loud beats with hundreds of other people. Raves are a shared experience. A sense of unity often develops among ravers, in which, personal creeds, race, gender, age, sexual preference and everything else that our society places so much emphasis on simply fades into the background. At a rave when everyone is dancing you experience a feeling of collective organism and I think people that have had this experience view the world differently afterwards.
Clive Campbell, better known as DJ Kool Herc, played an instrumental role in the birth of this dance form. Campbell, a Jamaican, was a regular DJ at local teenage parties in the Bronx. He studied dancers and zeroed-in on the fundamental break instrumental gap in the song when dancers really went wild, the break. Dancers were able to fully express themselves in the break, and they found inspiration through the music, which was filled with stylized, upbeat rhythms, and it allowed them to ‘break’ to the beat. These young dancers would eventually earn the name ‘b-boys’ (or ‘b-girls’), also known as ‘break dancers’.
Many non-disco artists recorded disco songs at the height of disco's popularity, and films such as Saturday Night Fever and Thank God It's Friday contributed to disco's rise in mainstream popularity. Disco hit the television airwaves with the music/dance variety show Soul Train in 1971 hosted by Don Cornelius, then Marty Angelo's Disco Step-by-Step Television Show in 1975, Steve Marcus' Disco Magic/Disco 77, Eddie Rivera's Soap Factory, and Merv Griffin's Dance Fever, hosted by Deney Terrio, who is credited with teaching actor John Travolta to dance for his role in the hit movie, Saturday Night Fever, as well as DANCE, based out of Columbia, South Carolina. From 1974 to 1977, disco music continued to increase in popularity as many disco songs
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.
“What’s Trending” was an urban styled dance with a lot of synchrony, I found it fascinating. One of the most captivating pieces for me was “Spirt of Carnival (Not the Where, But the Who)” there was beautiful lighting and costumes were breathtaking. The movements were fun and when dancer Stephen Galvan was killed the piece turned into a carnival type piece, Stephan must have died and gone to heaven because there were wonderful dancers dancing in with headdresses shaking their hips to the beats of the music, this brought the entire piece to another level of enchantment. I had friends who attended the spring concert last year and they had mentioned that it was very modern but I was glad to see a variance of dance types in this years spring concert. The entire performance was full of various dance types such as Modern, Dance Hall, Contemporary and Urban.
Over the next few years more and more people grew to love these parties for the music and the overall atmosphere. Also more and more electronic artists started to surface. As popular as these events were the truth is without the DJ none of it would have been possible. In the early nineties this growing underground movement started to form slowly in the United States and other countries. These parties soon took on the name of "raves".
Whilst there he was spinning Disco, Philly Soul records during the early 1970s with another legendary deejay figure, the late, great Larry Levan, New York. Disco, the music that everyone loves to "joke" about or "snigger" about had already been going on for 10 years when the first electronic drum tracks began to appear out of Chicago, Usa. A great Description of Disco can be explain to us like this. "The first days of Disco were filled with hope, and joy. The last days of Disco might seem very similar the fall of the Roman Empire".
I attended Dance Plus Program 1 on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, which is located at Rutgers Cook & Douglass Campus. The Dance Plus Program was organized and hosted by Rutgers Mason Gross School of Arts’ faculty, staff and students. The concert was comprised of six dance performances in total. All the dances were very engaging, fascinating and interesting. Additionally, they all were unique in their own ways through the kinds of music, dance styles, theme, energy and facial expressions of the dancers that were used in each performance.
There was a lot of enthusiasm at the Minor Alps concert at the World Cafe, downstairs, this past Friday. The enthusiasm was for Mathew Caws of Nada Surf and Juliana Hatfield of Blake Babies not particularly for Minor Alps. The fans came to see them individually and with curiosity about what Minor Alps collectively produced. Everything said, it was a good concert and the performance top notch. Sylvan Esso launched the night with their particular brand of looping and electronic music.
Every year, young individuals from a diverse background of ages, races, nationalities, sexual orientations and economic situations come together to enjoy music and culture festivals that raves have to offer. Ravers lose themselves in crowds by dancing and having fun. While raves used to be small and secretive, it has now become more mainstream leading to larger venues, making it the norm it is today. The rave culture is generally filled with love. The only value system that is followed in rave culture is the idea of P.L.U.R.