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Disco, A Dance Revolution Essay

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Disco was not only a revolution in dance, it was also a way of life in the 70's. It started as a new way to dance and it ended as a revolution. Disco influenced not just a single member of the family who was somewhat of a rebel; it influenced the whole family. Disco changed the way people dressed, walked, talked, and even how they acted around other people. Some of the new styles of clothes included bellbottoms, (pants that started tight on the leg and at about mid-calf, grew greater in diameter looking like a bell) wide-collar shirts, (the tips of the collar would reach all the way to the shoulder) platform shoes, (shoes that had a huge sole and were usually upward of 3 inches tall) and the apparent ...view middle of the document...

When researching this topic, we started like most in a library. We looked and looked for books on disco. Occasionally we would find one but it just was not giving us the same thing as some of our other resources did. We next went to the internet. All that we could find there was stuff about a certain movie called "Saturday Night Fever" so we decided that it was time for us to turn to the primary resources. When we watched "Saturday Night Fever" is when our parents started getting into it as well. "Saturday Night Fever" showed us first hand how people dressed, talked, walked and acted during this "revolution." Our parents were excited to show us how they were during this time and were also a great primary resource. They showed us pictures of themselves, old music on vinyl (a record) and on 8-Track tapes. They wanted us to find the music that they used to listen to so that they could show us how to dance to it, but we had to settle with something else. When we thought that we had gathered enough evidence and data through research, an even bigger task was how to make it into a presentation. We went with the obvious, John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever" had to go in the center of our presentation. After that we just branched off and put "Disco Stu" from "The Simpson's" because he is a perfect example of a disco-going guy in our generation. We also put the Bee Gees because they were among one of the hottest musical acts in the 70's. We also included "The Brady Bunch" and "The Jefferson's" because they were some of the top television shows in the 70's and they are a great example of the dress and actions of this era.

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