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The history of rock'n'roll and boogie woogie


The history of rock'n'roll began in America in the 1920s: swing and blues emerged as new styles of music and dance. Both types of music are based on 4/4 time, which is also the basis of boogie-woogie. Although records with rock'n'roll music had been released before that, the recording of the track "Rock around the Clock" by Bill Haley & the comets on April 12, 1954 is considered to be the birth of rock'n'roll.
This song was the first international rock and roll hit. In the heyday of rock'n'roll in the 1950s, a wave of fashion with tube trousers, striped socks, petticoats, pomady ducktail hairstyles, curly hair and ponytails followed. During these years it meant liberation from the constraints of everyday life and opposition to the "traditional". Therefore, it was considered immoral, was called the "monkey dance" and for a long time remained a basement child of the dance, which was only at home in discos and pubs. There the youngsters danced with great enthusiasm. You learned from experts by looking at them and showing them, which is how the dance spread.
So it was only natural that the first competitions would soon be held. As early as 1956, the first German Jitterbug and Rock'n'Roll championship took place in Berlin. The first Munich and Bavarian championships were held in Munich in 1972. From then on, lively life began in the rock'n'roll clubs.

After the founding of two competing rock'n'roll associations, rock'n'roll dance in Germany developed into its current sporting direction. In 1983 the two associations merged to form the German Rock'n'Roll Association (DRRV). The DRRV is an independent professional association in the German Dance Sports Association (DTV) and a member of the Sportbund (DSB). The aim of the DRRV is to “cultivate and promote the rock'n'roll dance sport in all related styles in popular and competitive sports and to preserve its individual character ...” (extract from the statutes of the DRRV). The music and dance have established themselves. By defining and standardizing steps, dance and acrobatic figures, rock'n'roll is again a modern dance today. In addition to recreational enjoyment, it has also developed into a high-performance sport that finds new fans year after year.
The second great era of rock'n'roll has been going on for 20 years now and there is no end in sight.

Rock’n’Roll in modern times

Rock'n'Roll is a couple dance with acrobatics. A tournament couple is concretely faced with the task of showing a dance based on the jump step with different dance figures by seamlessly integrating acrobatic elements. Such a dance should be performed perfectly in time with the music and at the same time harmoniously and loosely.
In order to achieve this, the dance couples train between two and five times a week, with training being a full-length affair. In order to first learn rock'n'roll dancing as a basis and then gradually to be introduced to acrobatics with varying degrees of difficulty, the rock'n'roll dance sport is divided into different dance classes.

In rock'n'roll there are not only tournaments but also Popular sports competitions.


Boogie Woogie

Boogie Woogie was the dance from the 40s and 50s, from which Jive and Rock’n’Roll developed. Boogie Woogie is the return to the origins of dance in the 40s and 50s, in which the focus is not on acrobatics and style, but rather on interpreting the music in a dance-like manner. Boogie Woogie has its roots in Lindy Hop and Charleston as well as borrowings from the blues.

The Boogie-Woogie thus comes from the black quarters of North America. The lyrics of boogie-woogie music are mainly about love, loyalty, suffering and pain. The dance couples then interpret this on the dance floor. Especially courted for slow boogie, which is danced slowly He his partner and you tries to be as sexy as possible.

In the fast-dancing boogie-woogie, the joy of life and the fun of dancing should jump over to everyone. The music of the wild 50s was considered a rebellion against the dusty views of parents and politics. The war was over and we wanted to finally enjoy life again.
Boogie Woogie also developed into a tournament dance early on, but even in tournaments, the focus is not on success, but simply on the joy of dancing.

In contrast to Latin and standard tournaments, the audience sings, claps and swings loudly. In addition, the music is interpreted spontaneously and individually, i.e. there is no predetermined sequence other than in many other dance styles!