Disco dancing will be taught by Roberta Kulik at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Kulik will teach the Bump, the Hustle and the Funky Chicken.
Popular in the 1970’s, discotheque dancing music contained elements of funk, soul and pop. Disco was the last mass popular music movement that was driven by the baby boom generation.
Well-known late 1970s disco performers included ABBA, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Trammps, Gloria Gaynor and Chic.
Disco music was a worldwide phenomenon, but its popularity declined in the United States in the late 1970s. On July 12, 1979, an anti-disco protest in Chicago called “Disco Demolition Night” showed that an angry backlash against disco and its culture had emerged in the United States.
In the subsequent months and years, many musical acts associated with disco struggled to get airplay on the radio in the US although they did not experience such problems in other countries. A few artists still managed to score disco hits in the early 1980s, but the term “disco” became unfashionable in the new decade and was eventually replaced by “dance music,” “dance pop” and other identifiers.
The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.