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date: 20 February 2020


  • Barry Kernfeld


A social dance originating in New York and popular in the mid-1960s. Stepping diagonally, the dancer twisted each leg in alternation to the outside, bent the knee, and pointed the foot; with upturned hands, the arms were twirled from the elbows, which were pulled in and forward. Music for the boogaloo combined syncopated Latin bass and drum ostinatos with conventional soul songs. Hits during its brief vogue included Tom and Jerrico’s “Boogaloo” (...

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