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Though clubs have been around for a while(in the sense of venues for dance), the 'decade of dance' has only really beenrecognised as starting from the end of the twentieth century, mainly 1988-98 (Meashamet al., 2001). For clubbers, the term refers ...

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AS and A Level Music

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Though clubs have been around for a while (in the sense of venues for dance), the 'decade of dance' has only really been recognised as starting from the end of the twentieth century, mainly 1988-98 (Measham et al., 2001). For clubbers, the term refers to the survival of dance, despite suppression by authority (McDermott, 1993). However it does not describe one stable and/or coherent dance club scene as such (Garratt, 1998). Rather dance culture during this time was extremely fragmented, and mutate, with many sub-cultures splitting off from each other. Reynolds (1998) and Henderson (1993a) identify three main 'waves':

1988-89

The first 'wave'

Acid House

1990-92

The second 'wave'

Rave

1993 +

The third 'wave'

Dance

When trying to link ecstasy to dance culture as such, it is important to be clear about which period this drug used is being linked to.

How has ecstasy been linked dance club culture?

''...links between British youth, dancing, leisure and indeed drugs can be traced back to another post-war era.'' (Measham et al, 2001, p.20).

Pre-1950s there is evidence of drugs linked to dancing, but this was mainly

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