Contra dancing hails from 17th-century English country dances and French dances. Couples partner up for the folk-style moves, though it can be performed in groups or lines of dancers facing each other. It’s a social dance that’s catching on with a whole new generation, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.
“In one of the latest revivals of all things old-timey, more millennial New Yorkers are choosing to spend their Friday and Saturday nights sober and dancing in circles with strangers,” writes Tyler J. Kelley. “Contra offers young urbanites an inclusive atmosphere where they can work up a little sweat away from the gym and touch human beings instead of screens.” Currently, the dance is taking off in Brooklyn where monthly events have reached peak popularity.
Dance fads can reveal a lot about a generation. Twerking has been the dance craze of late, but its ties to traditional West African dances show the move has been around for ages. Still, many people find it bizarre and offensive.
For fun (since we respect dance as an art form in all forms of expression), here are ten other weird dance fads that caught on like crazy.
The “Oops Upside Your Head” Dance
With roots in funk music and anthems reminiscent of early hip hop, R&B group The Gap Band’s 1979 single “I Don’t Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops!)” is more popularly known as the “Oops Up Side Your Head” song. Like most great anthems, there’s a dance that goes along with it — if you can call sitting on the floor in rows and rocking around “dancing.”