Dance crazes through the years: The Twist through the Harlem Shake
A look at dance crazes through the years, from The Twist to Gangnam Style. Want to practice your moves? Each caption contains a link to a YouTube video of the dance.
The Charleston: The Charleston became synonymous with the Jazz Age of the 1920s, rising to its peak popularity in the middle of the decade. Above, James F. Sullivan, and his sister, Louis Sullivan, of Grand Rapids, Mich., are winners of the National Charleston Championship in the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago in this undated photo.
Chicken Dance: Most of us would be content to live out the rest of our adult lives without being subjected to the chicken dance again, but the song, with its Swiss origins dating back to the 1950s, remains a timeless classic. Above, a Little League mascot does the chicken dance with an umpire in St. Michael, Minn., between innings of a game between Matamoros, Mexico and Barquisimeto, Venezuela in the Little League World Series. (Aug. 23, 2006)
The Twist: Chubby Checker's cover of "The Twist" soared to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960, introducing America to a fad that would achieve dance-craze immortality. (Oct. 27, 1961)
The Robot: First appearing in the late 1960s, the robot dance grew in popularity after the Jackson 5 brought it to mainstream America in the mid-1970s through their song "Dancing Machine." (June 18, 2010)
The Hustle: Victor Flores, 76, dances in the aisle as he and about 5,000 others try to set the Guinness Record for the world's biggest hustle, during the screening of "Saturday Night Fever" at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The line dance became a craze following the 1975 hit single by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony. (Feb. 7, 1999)
Disco: Disco fever reached its peak in 1977 when John Travolta starred in "Saturday Night Fever." Although the film was a sizable hit, it was the Bee Gees-laden soundtrack -- which sold 15,000,000 copies and for a time was the best-selling album of all time -- that truly defined an era.
YMCA: The Legends Field grounds crew drop their rakes and dances to the Village People's song "YMCA" in between innings of a spring training game between the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds. The disco anthem has long since become a staple of weddings and roller rinks the world over since its release in 1978. (March 7, 2007)
Thriller: An inmate at the island province of Cebu in central Phillipines impersonates Michael Jackson as he leads a tribute to the music icon. The "Thriller" dance was immortalized in a classic music video that became an MTV staple upon its 1982 release. (June 27, 2009)
Moonwalk: Michael Jackson introduced the world to the "moonwalk" dance during a 1983 television appearance. (Feb. 17, 1983)
Breakdancing: Also known as b-boying and breaking, breakdancing grew out of the hip-hop movement beginning in the 1970s and had entered the mainstream by the mid-1980s. Above, Gengis "Lil Cheng" Ademoski of Germany breakdances to Johann Sebastian Bach at the 17th century waterfront area of Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Aug. 30, 2011)
Walk Like an Egyptian: From left, Bangles Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson and Susanna Hoffs perform "Walk Like an Egyptian," their hit 1986 single, at the 2012 Allen USA Celebration. The number-one 1986 song's music video featured the singers doing their best pharaoh impressions. (June 30, 2012)
Electric Slide: Who hasn't done the electric slide? Although the line dance first surfaced in the mid-1970s, it didn't burn itself into pop culture -- and all too many wedding receptions -- until Marcia Griffiths released "Electric Boogie" in 1990. Above, young and old alike dance the electric slide while at the Music on Main block party in Middletown, Ohio. (Aug. 21, 2004)
Vogue: Ellen DeGeneres gets a lesson from Madonna on how to Vogue during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Although the "voguing" dance began in the 1960s, it didn't fully break into the mainstream until Madonna's smash hit music video, which hit the airwaves in 1990. (Oct. 9, 2012)
Hammer Dance (aka the Typewriter Dance): Break out the parachute pants! MC Hammer dominated airwaves and brought the bump in 1990 when he released "U Can't Touch This," his signature song. (Jan. 28, 1991)
Ninja Rap: OK, so even if "Ninja Rap" doesn't quite qualify as a dance craze, Vanilla Ice certainly had his day, and, for that matter, so did the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The two joined forces in 1991's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze." (Jan. 10, 1991)
Apache: Will Smith, second from right, is joined by members of the original cast of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" during the fifth annual BET Awards. Although The Sugarhill Gang released their version of "Apache" in 1982, the song gained a new following when Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro performed a dance to the song during a 1995 episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." (June 28, 2005)
Macarena: Be honest: If you were alive during the 1990s, you probably got sucked into at least one rendition of the Macarena dance. Released in 1994 by Latin Pop duo Los del Rio, the song and its accompanying dance had engulfed pop culture by 1996. Above, the Rev. Jesse Jackson gets a dance lesson from Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an anchor on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer. (Aug. 29, 1996)
Cha Cha Slide: Everybody clap your hands! Created by DJ Casper, the slide is a folk line dance with called instructions that was released in 2000. Virginia Gov. Mark Warner gets down low to the slide at an elementary school (Dec. 8, 2004)
Gangnam Style: South Korean singer Psy dances "Gangnam Style" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The YouTube video of the dance became a smash hit viral sensation, becoming the most viewed item on the website in late 2012. (Nov. 18, 2012)
Harlem Shake: West Virginia students do the "Harlem Shake" before the start of an NCAA college basketball game at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.V. (Feb. 16, 2013).