Sunday, April 17, 2011

It's a Mod Mod Mod Mod World

Looking for a way out workout .... or maybe a party with pizzazz?  Look no further than half a century ago to the 1960's... and yes it really has been that long.... yikes!  Back then girls were GIRLS with curves and meat on their bones, not just skeletal clothing racks.  And what was their secret?  Oh I am sure you who were teens at the time may have a slew of answers to that question, not the least of which was the fact that you were active!

And a big part of that activity was no doubt what teenage girls have always loved to do ... DANCE!  In the 60's that meant cardio-chocked moves like the frug, the pony, the watusi and of course... the twist!  Just dust off the family photo album and take a gander at those waistlines!  Things of beauty. 

Whether cutting the rug to that crazy new sound Rock 'n' Roll or its coastal offshoot, Surf Music, there is little doubt you were wiggling, and have a ball doing it.  And a dancer who was proficient at her art did not audition for ABDC, she became a Go-Go Girl!  Few icons better sum up the groovy mentality of the 60's than that of a perky girl with high hair, a short skirt, big earrings, light lipstick and vinyl boots.

Here are a few wiki words on those beloved gyrators of yore:
Go dancers are dancers who are employed to entertain crowds at a discotheque. Go-go dancing originated in the early 1960s when women at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City began to get up on tables and dance the twist. There were many 1960s-era miniskirted clubgoers who wore what came to be called go-go boots to night clubs, so night club promoters in the mid 1960s conceived the idea of hiring them to entertain the patrons. 
The term Go-Go derives from the phrase "go-go-go" for a high-energy person, and was influenced by the French expression à gogo, meaning "in abundance, galore," which is in turn derived from the ancient French word la gogue for 'joy, happiness.' 
On 19 June 1964, Carol Doda began go-go dancing topless (after having had her breasts implanted with silicone to enlarge them) at the Condor Club on Broadway and Columbus in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. She became the world's most famous go-go dancer, dancing at the Condor for 22 years.Go-go dancers began to be hired on a regular basis at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood in the Los Angeles area in July 1965. The Whisky a Go Go was also the first go-go club to have go-go cages suspended from the ceiling (they were there from the very beginning in 1965), and thus the profession of cage dancer was born.  Though the club was billed as a discothèque, meaning only recordings with no bands, the Whisky A Go-Go opened with a live band led by Johnny Rivers and a mini-skirted DJ spinning records between sets from a suspended cage at the right of the stage. When the female DJ danced during Rivers' set, the audience thought it was part of the act and the concept of Go-Go dancers in cages was born. 
Cage dancing was recently reaffirmed as mainstream in the United States, with the new US$1.3 Billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas featuring cage dancing by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Hullabaloo was a musical variety series that ran on NBC from January 12, 1965 through August 29, 1966. The Hullabaloo Dancers—a team of four men and six women—appeared on a regular basis. Another female dancer, model/actress Lada Edmund Jr. was best known as the caged "go-go girl" dancer in the Hullabaloo A-Go-Go segment near the closing sequence of the show. Other dance TV shows during this period such as ABC's Shindig! also featured go-go dancers in cages. Sometimes these cages were made of clear plastic with lights strung inside of them; sometimes the lights were synchronized to go on and off with the music. Shivaree!, another music show, usually put go-go dancers on scaffolding and on a platform behind the band which was performing. Each show of the period had a particular method of bringing the go-go dancers into camera view. 
The tradition of go-go dancers on TV music shows continues around the world, such as the Viva Hotbabes and SexBomb Girls in the Philippines. However, while American shows of the 1960s featured dancers highly trained in the various choreography each show used, many modern dancers are not so closely choreographed." [source: Wikipedia]

Starting to succumb to nostalgia?  No need to grow melancholy. You can relive those by-go-go-gone days with a far out with a 1960's Go-Go Theme Dance Party.  In addition to (re)learning all sorts of boss dance moves, you can reintroduce your hips to a hula hoop, feast on homemade preservative-free treats, play 60's games, test your knowledge on trivia of the era and basically have a totally bitchin' time!!! And no, that is not a bad word... at least it didn't used to be.  Let us provide the go-go get-ups, you provide the cage!

And if after the party you still want to go-go some more, you may monkey around with us online or in person for a 6-week class complete with performable routine.