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The Twist (early 1960s)

In a club called The Peppermint Lounge in New York City, a fad was born. In 1960, singer Chubby Checker and his song, The Twist made the dance a worldwide phenomenon.

To Twist: Pretend you’ve stepped out of the bath and you’re toweling off your back, or that you’re putting out a cigarette with your toe.

The Twist started to get replaced when other dances, especially the mashed potato and the Watusi came on the scene in 1962.