What is rave dance and how did it start?

Rave party lightsA rave dance is a large dance party featuring performances by DJs and occasionally live performers playing electronic music, particularly electronic dance music (EDM). The music is amplified with a large sound system, in conjunction with subwoofers to produce a deep bass sound. The term “rave” originated in Soho, London back in the 1950s, and was used to refer to alternative parties thrown by London’s nonconformist groups. It was used by mods, Buddy Holly, and even David Bowie at one point. Rave originated from revolutionary electronica and pioneering DJs, but the style incorporated a lot more than just that. Raves commenced as a secretive movement amongst bohemian partiers, where a group of like-minded people would get together and dance (occasionally under a heightened state of consciousness) to varying types of electronic music such as drum and bass, dub, electro music disco/afro, chill-out, new-age and freestyle. These underground raves were intended to provide a magic atmosphere where people could dance the night away. Raving is completely centralised around underground music, and has evolved overtime to encompass flashing strobe lights, lasers, adhering to a particular fashion code, performing certain dance moves associated with the style of music, and a following of like-minded & radical dancers to better enhance the rave environment.

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