50 Random Pictures of People Dancing in the 1960s-1970s

Enjoy a hodgepodge of 50 found photos and other ephemera featuring ladies and gents cutting a rug back in the late 1960s through the 70s.  Some are a tad strange, some  demand explanation, but all are an interesting look at folks having a good time in decades past.


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(1) It looks like every single person is dancing to a different song.

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(2) There something just a little bit “off” about this dance.  I think I’d have to sit this one out.

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(3) That moment when you get assigned a dance partner, and he’s the creepiest guy in the room.

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(4) Club Paradiso in Amsterdam, 1969

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(5) A 1978 dance party, featuring sexy disco dollies, white-shirted studs… and a lone sweaty guy who doesn’t belong.

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(6) A couple teens awkwardly cutting a rug, while (7) our lady in red spandex is about to show this disco how it’s done.

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(8) In da club

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A little dance humor courtesy MAD Magazine

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(9) A torn (but mended) old photo of a school dance.  For more like this see: Teens Behaving Awkwardly: A Look at the 1970s High School Dance

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(10) Doesn’t it sometimes seem like the seventies were one big party for adults?  I know it isn’t true, but damn they looked like they were having a good time back then.

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(11) Looks like a dance competition in the school gym; take a look at the size of that guy’s shirt collar.  If he jumps up, he may stay airborne.

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(12) They loved their multiple exposure photography in those days.  For more see: Vinyl Over-Exposed: The Awful Multi-Exposure Album Cover Trend of the 1960s-70s

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(13) White people dancing – not always a pretty sight.

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(14) One nation under a groove.

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(15) Hell yes.  Maybe my favorite picture of them all.  Just gettin’ it on, colorblind and in the moment.

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(16) Oh, man.  I could look at this photograph all day.   A wonderful snapshot of a carefree moment in the late sixties.

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(17) This is from an old college yearbook

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(18) From a newspaper – just old and grainy enough to be a tad creepy

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(19) Gettin’ down on the parquet floor

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(20) Dance lessons in the late seventies.


(21) 1972, Wembley Stadium

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(22) I dig that paisley dress; a groovy pad to dance and party I’m sure.  I’m also pretty sure where this is all going to lead.

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(23) Found photos of a 1960 Sadie Hawkins Dance

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(24) A found photograph which finally proves definitively that mustard yellow was the most popular color of 1969.

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(25) From Topper magazine dated January 1963

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(26) 1970s caveman dance party

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(27) Alas, I have no backstory for this found photo; nothing to explain the gigantic poofy sleeves and that creepy old woman in the background.


(28) “I love the nightlife, I got to boogie, On the disco ’round, oh yea.”

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(29) Disco fashion was tacky; but I wouldn’t complain if it made a comeback.

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(30) If only he could’ve seen the faces behind him, he might have taken it down a notch.

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(31) Sometimes, you don’t want to dance. You just want to watch.

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(32) From a 1979 article in Playboy called “David Steinberg’s Guide to Disco Etiquette”.

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(33) A couple found photographs from the same dance, year unknown (looks like very early seventies).

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(34) A beatnik coffee house in 1960

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(35) Another example of that multi-exposure photography they loved so much.

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(36) More parquet floor dancing

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(37) Not sure what this performance is, but I’m sure it was worth the ticket price.


(38) Dancers in 1967

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(39) Swing to the music of Stonehenge? I presume this a local band playing at the school dance.

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(40) The 1970s.  A classy time.

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(41) Detail from a Wurlitzer Zodiac jukebox advertisement

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(42) and (43) A true ladykiller in action

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(44) From the movie Nighthawks, starring Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Sylvester Stallone and Lindsay Wagner

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(45) The guys in the yellow sweaters are puttin’ on a clinic tonight on the dance floor.

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(46) Dancing ’68

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(47) Dancing out on the grass in heals, chugging cheap alcohol from paper cups – this is truly living the dream. (48) Did you just say I couldn’t dance?  Hold my beer.

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(49) – (50) Whether you’re a middleschooler or a Schwarzenegger, dancing was for everyone in the sixties and seventies.  Cheers.

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