I have been cracking up finding old videos of "Dance Party USA"!!! Does anyone else in the world remember this show? It use to come on in the late 80's & every day after school, I would turn it on. It was my generation's "Bandstand". I couldn't miss it! There were regulars on there that you just had to see - who was dating who - what are they wearing - & oh boy - wait till you see what they were wearing! I'm reminded looking back at these videos that a few things were so cool:
*Acid Wash Denim (with the legs pegged so tight around the ankle)
*Banana Clips for that glorious hair sprayed hair
*Bangs & hair teased so high you can see through the top layers
*Head bands ala Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" style
*Half shirts! Yes, they made them like that -I remember, shorter in the front with longer tails in the back (Why????)
*Huge earrings - (my ear lopes are still damaged from those things! - seriously)
And the regulars - man, looking back at these videos - I can remember them. There was one girl who was named "Princess" - who was the biggest Prince fan & every time she would dance, she'd have to kick her leg up! I wonder if she still is a Prince Fan......
There is also the regular, Bobby, who was the STUD of the show! He would wear sun glasses & work out gloves & would NEVER take them off! I think one Valentine's special - he had a solo dance & at the end, he took his glasses off for like 5 seconds - it was like the EVENT of the season!!!! He always reminded me of Kirk Cameron. I wonder where he's at in life now - does he still sport the shades?
And the most famous regular - Kelly Ripa! You can find all kinds of videos with her & her big hair on the show! How funny! I can actually remember her from watching it years ago! Oh - it was my dream to be on that show! Now, looking back - WOW, I'm so glad I wasn't on it - no proof that I ever looked like that! (I did almost find my pictures to post of my Kid-n-Play glasses with big blond hair & black & white polka dot "fly girl" dancing shirt ---- oh, I was COOL!)
Check out the video - first, notice how awesome & technical the opening scene was! And Yes, that's Kelly Ripa in the front with the red sequin band around her arm!