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When Disco started to hit the big time in the early 70's, everyone joined in but were really just using their own made-up dance steps. My sister and I used to frequent the discos in Brighton, the hippest being 'The Revolution', 'Top Rank Suite' and 'Sherrys'.
The Top Rank Suite had the biggest dance floor and it had an upstairs where you could sit and watch the dancers. All the discos lights would be flashing and they also had a spotlight which which picked out dancers as they swished and sasheyed.
My sister and I used to make up dance steps and routines at home to the likes of "Keep On Truckin'" by Eddie Kendrinks and "Do the Hustle" by Van McCoy and then we would take our practised steps to the dance floor and boogie on down! We were in raptures when the spotlight turned on us! People used to ask us where we got our dances and we said we learned them in London discos! We even caught a couple of girls in the ladies powder rooms practising our steps to ge it right! What a great time...
A few years later I took "Saturday Night Fever" dance lessons but only did a few as the guy teaching it thought he was John Travolta ( he was definitely NOT!) and spent the whole lesson preening and dancing, looking at himself in the mirror!
The 70's was a fantastic era for dance though... and I can still remember all the steps to this day !