History of DFR
Some dances, such as rock ’n’ roll, were for couples; others, such as the loosely termed ‘disco’, made manifest the new gender independence of the participants. Although they all had distinctive movement material and performance characteristics, unlike most other social dance forms they were essentially improvised. They were, therefore, much more ‘open’ in their steps and stylistic execution than the formal dances of the ballroom; they were, in essence, ‘free style’.
Rock n' Roll
Rock ’n’ roll was one of the earliest dances of youth culture. It first emerged in America, where it evolved from or shared similar characteristics with the Lindy Hop, swing dance and jive. It grew in popularity after Bill Haley’s hit recording of Rock around the Clock in 1956. Haley performed in Britain in 1957, heralding what came to be known as the ‘American invasion’ in both music and dance. The dance requires sound technique, core strength, stamina and impeccable timing. Its movement material includes kicks, flicks, lifts, jumps, turns, flips and throws. Many teachers still teach rock ’n’ roll as a social dance but it is also a Society competition dance in its own right, where it is performed in couples, formation teams or by individuals in a chosen ‘Set Dance’ for the Society area medalist events. The Faculty offers a syllabus and examinations in rock ’n’ roll for both amateurs and professionals who can engage with these at all levels.