I was born in the 80’s so I might be a little biased about these dance moves. It was the time after disco and hip hop was starting to rule the radio and the television. These moves will make you so nostalgic so let’s get to it!
80’s Dance Moves Baby
In the 80’s movies like the Breakfast Club and Footloose ruled and you couldn’t get away from these dance moves! Even today, they’ve become iconic and a total crowd pleaser. Checkout now Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doing the popular dances from the Breakfast Club when she was in high school. Can you say #girlcrush!
The 80’s was a decade filled with teen movies, Madonna, new wave and so much mind blowing entertainment and the dance moves were no exception. My personal favorite is the robot and of course, wearing leg warmers while I dance. I remember seeing these dance moves on TV and I couldn’t wait to try it out. I wish I had these awesome resources to really learn how to do the dances when I was younger. I’d have to wait and keep watching MTV to see the same Madonna or MJ video just so I can mimic the dancing again. Now we have choreographers creating 80’s inspired dances or better yet, how to videos for classic 80’s dance moves. I’ve compiled some of my faves so let’s travel back in time and dance to these bombdiggity moves.
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Best 80’s Dance Moves
There are so many amazing dance moves that came from the 80’s. It’s a mix of disco from the 70’s and the edginess of the 80’s. I think one of the best 80’s dance move that’s slept on is the Shuffle. It’s made a come back in the 2000’s and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon. It works with so many genres and it’s a lot of fun. What do you think is the best 80’s dance move of all time?
1. Sunglasses At Night 80’s Barre Workout
Diane created an 80’s inspired barre choreography that will remind you of your own crushes back then! Corey Hart was her knight in shining armor, who was yours? You’ll be doing the grapevine, robot punches and so many more that will make you time travel back to the good ol’ days.
2. Shuffling Since The 80’s
Did you know that the shuffle started in the 80’s?? Yeah babe, we’ve been shuffling for decades! It started in Melbourne and made its way across the globe through raves. Honestly, shuffling is a great workout for your legs and even your core, so make sure you shuffle everyday!
3. The Cabbage Patch
Now we’re getting into the classics. This 80’s dance move was actually named after the Cabbage Patch Kids, but with the word cabbage used as a slang for money. You were definitely the cool kid when you used this dance move. The cabbage patch is still being used to this day in weddings and dances, but it’s not as cool as it once was.
4. Mr. Roboto
My favorite, the robot is such a legendary move, I don’t care if people think it’s dorky! When done properly, this illusionary dance move blows people’s minds. Although it’s been around since the 20’s in the miming days, it didn’t go mainstream until the 80’s. I still use this move today and I will never stop!