What makes this dance recognizable? What is typical, distinctive or characteristic?

Clear 4/4 rhythm with a step on each (same length) count. A lot of turning for the lady.


Ma Baker - Boney M
I will survive - Gloria Gaynor
Let the music play - Barry White

BPM: 120

Disco: the dance of the nightclubs. The word is composed of the Greek. Discos: drive and tithenai: lay. Both the place and the (easily danceable) music and dance are called disco.

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Disco is a genre of dance music that originated in the disco’s of the early 70's. It originated from a cross pollination of rhythm & blues variants, especially funk, Philly soul and salsa music.
Disco was the first music that specifically focused on a dance audience. It is characterized by a monotonous, hypnotic and driving beat with a leading role for bass. Guitar, bass, piano, keyboard, drums, drum computer are the most used instruments.
The synthesizer plays a role, as in the highly recognizable productions of Giorgio Moroder. This is for the first time recognizable to hear in Isaac Hayes' soundtrack to the film Shaft in 1971.

In general it can be said that the first disco songs were released in 1973, although many consider Manu Dibango 's Soul Makossa from 1972 as the first disco recording.

The term "disco" appeared on September 13, 1973 for the first time in the article "Discotheque Rock '72: Paaaaarty" written by Vince Aletti for Rolling Stone magazine. First, most disco songs intended for the discothèque-/dance audience, and not really for radio listeners. But the reverse operation took place. Popular radio hits were played in clubs, as long as they had a pattern easy to follow with about 120 BPM (beats per minute). Most of the 70 songs in the disco genre have easily recognizable
quadruple measure.

Soul and funk influence we hear among others, in James Brown - "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine" (1970) and others.

The Motown Sound also contained a lot of disco elements: The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross.

Philadelphia International Records also affected the later disco with songs including The Three Degrees. Other famous disco song came from KC and the Sunshine Band "That's the Way (I Like It)”, Barry White"You're the First, the Last, My Everything ", Village People - "YMCA" and others...

The commercial heyday of the disco were the years 1973 - '74 with the hits "Never Can Say Goodbye" by Gloria Gaynor (1973) and "Rock your baby" by George McCrae (1974). With the release of the disco movie Saturday Night Fever in 1977, the craze was at its peak. Even artists like the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, KISS and the Rolling Stones repented short or longer time to the genre.

In New York unleashes nightclub Studio 54 with an illuminated disco dance the disco craze. The cult movie Saturday Night Fever is recorded in this nightclub. The film results in Europe in the start of the disco epoch. John Travolta, The BeeGees and The Trammps are world famous.

In the clubs glitter the balls, spotlights, strobes, mirrors,... a lot of hours above the lighted disco dance floor while the mega hits from the Trammps, Bee Gees, Jackson Five, Abba, Tavares, Karen Young, Chic, Sister Sledge, Patrick Hernandez etc. caused a blast on the dance floor.

At disco -based music (called by purists disco dance pop) continued until the late eighties, the popular dance music for young people from the mainstream. The genre was incorporated in more electronic forms such as (acid) house.

Disco dance is the easiest dance to start with. He has a strong and clear rhythm. You can do it anywhere, at any dance party and event. You can dance with everyone, there is no skill or knowledge needed. Some sense of rhythm is enough to dance. And with some turning it looks immediately impressive. You can dance to almost any music. And even men can... (learn it).