Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dance Party USA | 1980s Dance TV Show




Didn't You Wish You Could Be A Dance Party USA Dancer Back in 1987?


The original guidos could be found on Dance Party USA!
In 1986 something super awesome was delivered daily to my Long Island living room thanks to cable TV station, USA Network. The show was called Dance Party USA and I think it aired during the "after school" time slot. Oh what fun that TV show was! Girls with big huge hair, long bright colored nails and horrible 1980s fashions danced with their favorite guido guys clad in acid wash along to Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, The Jets, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, NKOTB and my personal favorite Alisha. I was also shocked to learn that one of my favorite 1990s bands, Nine Inch Nails (NIN) appeared on an episode. Click here to view: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6032943393959723624#

Dance Party USA was shot live-to-tape (like most TV talk shows) in Philadelphia, PA and aired from April 12, 1986 to June 27, 1992 and was originally 30 minutes long, but was expanded to an hour in 1987. The show was also a vehicle to introduce little known singers and bands to a national audience. Researching on YouTube, I couldn't find any singers who really became all that famous. I do remember that the most famous regular on the show to date is Philly native, Kelly Ripa. She was one of the dancers.


Prepare to laugh yourself silly with this 80s awesomeness.


 More Dance Party USA fun!


15 comments:

Salt said...

I used to have my own personal Dance Party USA in my living room. Complete with gymnastic moves.

Snuggle Wasteland said...

I didn't know Kelly Ripa was on that show. I don't remember watching this but I've heard of it.

The Random Blogette said...

I used to also have my own dance party when this came on! i wish they had shows like this now, but they would probably be banned because people dance like strippers now.

Lady Hill said...

omg the dude in the red jersey with the rat tail haircut just made my day.

MiMi said...

Yep, I used to see that it was on and then do my own dance party in my room where nobody could see me.

Copyboy said...

It was the bandstand of our generation. BTW...i made you my blog of the day. It's a new thing I'm doing.

kimber said...

I WAS ON IN summer of 1987! i have a videotape of it!

nikki said...

You had cable in 1986? I lived in the sticks and didn't experience the joy until maybe 89-90.

pika23 said...

my cousin who's a year younger than me, was on there a couple times when new kids on the block were on ....we were 12 and 11. I remember 2 girls who baby sat me in kindergarten, were on Dancin on Air...a philly based dance show from the super early 80's

pika23 said...

oh and Tina K looked like a Tiffany rip off.

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

I don't know why I don't remember this one, though it's probably because I'm too old. I loved Bandstand and all the others.
xoRobyn

TechnoBabe said...

News to me about Kelly Ripa. She sure has made it big. Moneywise anyway. In my day we watched American Bandstand.

Cheeseboy said...

I never wanted to be on this show, but I did drool after the Solid Gold girls.

Pat Tillett said...

I'm a little too old to have watched this one regularly. But I do remember american bandstand, soul train, 9th street west, hullabaloo, shindig, where the action is, and the lloyd thaxton show. Geeze, I'm getting so old!

psaur said...

Speaking of Kelly Ripa, one of my most-sought-after commercials (yes, I collect old commercials--don't pity or judge) is a teen chat line ad she did around this time. I haven't been able to find any reference to this anywhere...

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