History was in the making in November 1959 when the revolutionary concept of "dancing apart to the beat" was premiered to the vast teen-age audience of American Bandstand. Adolescents jumped on the bandwagon, unselfconsciously imitating Checker and his freeform, expressive, dancing-without-a-partner movements that let it all hang out. From November 1959 to October 1963 as Checker's moves begot more moves, his Twist, Pony, Fly and Shake became the most popular form of social dancing. This is huge, for prior to the mania he created, dancing was staid and subdued, requiring partners to hold or touch each other.
Checker's "dancing apart to the beat" unequivocally proves that you don't have to wait for a partner to let loose on the dance floor and have fun. No wonder it became an overnight sensation, getting showcased from the White House to the Peppermint Lounge, its moves adapted for disco as well as aerobics, funk, break-dancing and hip hop amongst others.
His worldwide tours have audiences of all ages dancing in the aisles. This fifty-year bite of history and pop culture is significant and far-reaching because it's never-ending. "I don't want you kids to think that you've found something new," Checker says. "The mold is renewed every time you dance apart to the beat…everybody does it to everybody's music. Before Chubby Checker, it wasn't here."
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