Let’s do the twist! Dancing in the 60s and 70s rocked 369



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Dancing was a part of our lives when we grew up. We’d twist, jive, boogie, break it down and walk on the moon. We loved to slow dance but also break out into a routine whenever a dance floor was around.

Tonight let’s look back at dancing in the 60s and 70s! Do you remember the dance halls, the first kisses, the dipping and the swirling? It was all so much fun…

From the 1950s to the 1970s, new dance fads appeared almost every week. Do you remember “The Swim”, the “Mashed Potato”, “The Twist”, “The Watusi”, “The Shake”, “The Pony”, “The Dog” and “The Chicken”?

What about the shimmy, the jerk, “the hitchhiker” or “the skate”?

Gotta love the first date outfits!


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The Cloudland ballroom was so popular in Brisbane


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Wow! Look at those dancers!


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So many couples dancing together…



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Waiting for a dance partner…


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Debutante balls were popular


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Twist and shout


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Joining hands together and boogying


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1970s High School Dance (1)

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Guys and girls got involved


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The jerk was a popular dance move.


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Slow dancing with a young partner was always a sweet moment.


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Tell us: what are your memories of dancing in the 60s and 70s?

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I couldn’t dance then, and still can’t dance now (I pretended, but no-one was ever fooled).

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